Rescheduled Gillespie Futurity Part of Saturday’s Retama Park Program
The $173,700 stakes was originally scheduled to be run last Sunday.
August 29, 2017
Fastest qualifier Audi Murphi drew post 2 for Saturday’s rescheduled 350-yard, $173,700 Gillespie County Fair Futurity at Retama Park.
Trained by Josue Ponce for owners Bobby D. Cox and Kristen Paredes, Audi Murphi broke his maiden with a 1 1/2-length victory in the second of 11 trials on August 13. The homebred Valiant Hero colt is out of the multiple graded stakes winning Mr Jess Perry mare Jess A Lil Bit More, and he has earned $5,645 from four outs.
Jose A. Alvarez will ride Audi Murphi on Sunday. The colt’s nine opponents include Holly Hooper’s Tacky Lil Groundhog, a graded stakes placed daughter of Tac It Like A Man trained by Angel Sanchez. Tacky Lil Groundhog has banked $24,278 from four races, and her resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Dashin Red Cat, in the 350-yard, $96,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3) at Retama Park on July 1.
The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Lions Express (Omar Reyes), 8-1
Audi Murphi (Jose A. Alvarez), 3-1
Potus B (Gilbert Ortiz), 12-1
Nsm Cherokee Warrior (Damian Martinez), 8-1
Tacky Lil Groundhog (Jose I. Martinez), 6-1
Hesa Royal Corona (Luciano Duenez), 12-1
Apollitical Scared (Francisco Calderon), 10-1
Gianni Bailes (Luis F. Ruiz), 5-1
Rstone Wagon (Froylan T. Ramirez), 4-1
Alluringeyeopener (Nestor Duran), 15-1
Also on Saturday, Mario G. Rodriguez’s Glimpse Of Fire is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for the 350-yard, $20,000 Gillespie County Fair Juvenile Stakes. A homebred son of Glimpse Of Greatness trained by Martin Rodriguez, the colt won two of his three starts during the Gillespie County Fair meet, including the 350-yard, $34,000 TQHA Futurity (R) on July 16. Glimpse Of Fire drew post 2 and will be ridden by Damian Martinez.
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