Retama Park Presents Saturday Stakes Doubleheader

The TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity and Derby headline the track's 10-race car.

Retama Park will present a stakes doubleheader, topped by the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity, on Saturday.

A pair of stakes, headlined by the 350-yard, $95,540 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG3), tops Retama Park’s 10-race program on Saturday.

Shades Of Gray, a gray son of Ivory James and the fastest qualifier, drew post 7 for the TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity. Trained by Javier Contreras for owner Jose Guadalupe Rodriguez, the gelding has earned $5,036 from three races, and he was a finalist in the 300-yard, $234,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs on March 22.

Shades Of Gray broke his maiden with a one-length victory in the first of seven trials on June 16. Jorge Linares will ride the gelding on Saturday.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Coronarita Blue (Noe Villatoro)
Moon Dash Cartel (Eleazar Hernandez)
Tempting Feefee (Jerry Lee Yoakum)
Ivory N Ashes (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
Channing (Juan L. Vazquez)
Down N Cruzin (Francisco Calderon)
Shades Of Gray (Jorge Linares)
Tacky Lil Groundhog (Luciano Duenez)
Hustling Coronas (Luis F. Ruiz)
Dashin Red Cat (Gonzalo G. Gutierrez)

TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby
A full field of 10 3-year-olds has been entered back in Saturday’s 400-yard, $55,190 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (R).

Chad and Esmeralda Peck’s Zoomin N Celebrating, the fastest qualifier, is coming off of a three-quarter length win in the first of four trials on June 17. The sorrel daughter of Azoom has won four of five starts and has banked $17,010, and her resume includes a second-place finish, a half of a length behind winner Thriving Ivory, in the 300-yard, $15,000 Sam Houston Distaff Stakes on May 22.

Zoomin N Celebrating drew post 6 and will be ridden by Noe Villatoro for trainer Judd Kearl.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Boknaai Joe (Ricardo Garza-Cruz)
Desdemona Rambler (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
Bigtime Celebration (Luciano Duenez)
Thrones (Jerry Lee Yoakum)
Shakeemwhileyoucan (Claudio Aguilar)
Zoomin N Celebrating (Noe Villatoro)
Hotscotch N Courage (Francisco Calderon)
Kas Famous (Jorge Linares)
Rc The Duke (Nestor Duran)
Deala Quick Game (Juan L. Vazquez)

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