Patriotic Games Returns in Sam Houston Futurity Trials

The First Down Dash colt is one of 124 juveniles entered in 13 heats.

Thirteen Sam Houston Futurity trials will be contested on Friday, beginning at 6;10 p.m. (CDT).

Ramiro J. Flores Sr.’s Patriotic Games, a graded stakes placed son of all-time leading sire First Down Dash, will make his next start in Friday’s 330-yard Sam Houston Futurity (G2) trials at Sam Houston Race Park.

Patriotic Games will be stretching out in distance off of his second-place finish, 1 1/4 lengths behind winner Going Noble, in the 300-yard, $238,000 Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3) at Louisiana Downs on March 21. A $38,000 purchase at last year’s Heritage Place Yearling Sale in Oklahoma City, the colt drew post 9 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez for trainer Eduardo Morales in the first of 13 trials.

Other noteworthy 2-year-olds entered in the Sam Houston Futurity trials include Capitan De La Playa, a gelded son of Captain Courage who is coming off of a third-place finish in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity. Trained by Angel Sanchez for owners Roberto Hernandez and Agustin Hernandez, Capitan De La Playa was a $20,000 buy at last year’s Texas Quarter Horse Association Yearling Sale in San Antonio.

Capitan De La Playa drew post 8 and will be ridden by Jose Ivan Martinez in the fifth heat.

A total of 124 2-year-olds has been entered in the Sam Houston Futurity trials. Post time for the first heat is set for 6:10 p.m. (CDT). The 10 fastest qualifiers will meet in the April 28, $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity final.

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