Sam Houston Futurity, Derby Headline Lucrative Saturday Program

The two graded stakes top Sam Houston Race Park's nine-race card.

Q-Racing Journal

Alfredo Garza's Slyng Schott, the fastest qualifier, heads a field of 10 2-year-olds entered back in Saturday's Sam Houston Futurity. PHOTO: Coady Photography

A field of 10 2-year-olds, headed by fastest qualifier Slyng Schott, has been entered back in Saturday's 330-yard, $440,600 Sam Houston Futurity (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Trained by Abelardo Flores Jr. for owner Alfredo Garza, Slyng Schott made his debut with a neck victory in the eighth of 13 trials on April 6. Garza purchased the Ivory James colt for $51,000 at last year's Ruidoso Select Yearling Sale, and he is a half brother to Grade 2 winner Capo de Capi. 

“We knew from the beginning that he was a special colt,” said Flores of Slyng Schott. ”Even on the walker, he moved better than any of our 2-year-olds. He’s been training well, and we are looking forward to the final.”

Slyng Schott drew post 5 and will be ridden by Esgar Ramirez.

Trainer Saul Ramirez Jr. will send out two contenders, including 2-1 morning-line favorite Dominyun Tee Off. A homebred son of Dominyun owned by Francisco Javier Garza, Dominyun Tee Off was a prompt 2-1 favorite in the 10th Sam Houston Futurity trial. The sorrrel gelding drew post 8 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon.

Jockey Eddie Sanchez qualified Dominyun Tee Off, but Sanchez will be at Delta Downs to ride in trials at the Vinton, Louisiana, track. 

“I felt Francisco would fit Dominyun Tee Off,” said Ramirez. “He’s a low-running horse and Francisco knows how to ride that style."

The complete lineup for the Sam Houston Futurity, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
FM Im A Zatanaz Too (Manny Gutierrez), 6-1 T
Tempting Bye Dash (Claudio Aguilar), 10-1 
Jess Master Angel (Jesse Levario), 15-1   
Elite Five (Noe Villatoro), 12-1 
Slyng Schott (Esgar Ramirez), 7-2 
Moment of Fury (Raul Ramirez, Jr.), 15-1 
Cadillac Cash (Jose Martinez), 9-2                              
Dominyun Tee Off (Francisco Calderon), 2-1 
Patriotic Games (Rodrigo Aceves), 8-1 
Hesgonnabesomebody (Nestor Duran), 20-1 

Also on Saturday, fastest qualifier Washta Magnolia is one of 10 sophomores entered back int he 350-yard, $191,900 Sam Houston Derby (G3).

A bay son of Cartel Success trained by Jorge E. Lopez for owner Jorge Aguilera, Washta Magnolia made his 3-year-old season debut with a one-length victory in the seventh Sam Houston Derby trial on April 13. The gelding drew post 7 and will be ridden by Manuel Gutierrez.

Other contenders include This Is An Eagle, a One Famous Eagle colt trained by Leon Bard for owner Mary G. Lynne Thompson of Navasota, Texas. A $100,000 purchase at the 2016 TQHA Yearling Sale in San Antonio, This Is An Eagle has earned $306,922 from nine races, and his five wins include a half-length victory as the fastest qualifier and 6-5 favorite in last year's 330-yard, $484,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

This Is An Eagle drew post 4 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments and morning-line odds:
Schutts (Jesse Levario), 9-2                   T
Tempting Pink (Noe Suarez), 6-1 
Special Darling (Jose Martinez), 12-1   
This Is An Eagle (Francisco Calderon), 10-1 
Kas Tempting (Raul Ramirez, Jr.), 2-1 
Jess Rocking Thunder (Claudio Aguilar), 15-1 
Washta Magnolia (Manny Gutierrez), 7-2                             
Serendipity Rocks (Noe Villatoro), 8-1 
One Jess Streakin (Esgar Ramirez), 20-1 
A Sweet Dynasty (Rodrigo Aceves), 15-1

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