Four Official Stakes Headline Friday Card at Retama

Three of the stakes are resticted to Texas-breds and include the $35,000 TQHA Classic.

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DM La Jolla, pictured here winning the April 20 Delta Dash Stakes, is one of several Texas-breds entered in three state-bred stakes at Retama Park on Friday. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Four official stakes, including three restricted to Texas-breds, headline Friday’s 10-race program at Retama Park.

Post time for the first race is set for 6:45 p.m. (CDT).

The night’s richest race, the 400-yard, $35,000 TQHA Classic Stakes (R), has drawn a full field of 10 state-bred runners, topped by Rene Amaro’s FDP Rock Solid. A 4-year-old son of Rock Solid Jess, the gelding faces Texas-breds off of his second-place finish, 2 1/2 lengths behind Eye N Capo, in the 400-yard, $50,000 Miss Polly Classic Stakes (G3) at Delta Downs on July 6.

FDP Rock Solid drew post 6 and will be ridden by David Alvarez for trainer Ismael Solis Guevara.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
SF Hot Pass (Francisco Calderon)
The Golden Bowl (Damian Martinez)
Gianni Que (Luciano Duenez)
Alluringeyeopener (J.R. Ramirez)
Kraken Black (Eddie Sanchez)
FDP Rock Solid (David Alvarez)
Dash Quick Perry (Nestor Duran)
Tellereyematthebar (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
TLC Dale (Raul Ramirez Jr.)
RC Me Leaving You (Noe Villatoro)

DM La Jolla, a stakes winner at the 250-yard distance at Delta Downs, is one of 10 state-bred sprinters entered in Friday’s $30,000 TQHA 250 Stakes (R).

Trained by Porfirio Fierro for owner Horses of Fire Inc., DM La Jolla has earned $12,000 from two outs this year, and his season resume includes a neck victory at odds of 11-1 in the 250-yard, $20,000 Delta Dash Stakes on April 20. The 4-year-old Hiclass La Jolla gelding drew post 5 and will be ridden by Rolando Cabrera.

The complete lineup, in post position order including jockey assignments:
Jazzin Corona (Luciano Duenez)
Thirsty Monkey (Eddie Sanchez)
Zenergetic (Juan F. Garcia Jr.)
Jess Gone Streakin (Eleazar Hernandez)
DM La Jolla (Rolando Cabrera)
The Golden Bowl (Damian Martinez)
Dash Dont Cheat (Francisco Calderon)
Honey Ryder B (Noe Villatoro)
The Ram Cartel (Francisco A. Mendez)
Nexxus (Luis Vivanco)

Also on Friday, He Is The Risingstar is the early favorite for the 550-yard, $30,000 TQHA 550 Stakes (R). A 6-year-old son of champion Mr Jess Perry trained by L.R. “Tooter” Jordan for owner Fulton Quien Sabe Ranches LP, the gelding has won seven of his 10 starts at this middle distance, and he is coming off of a neck victory as the 2-5 choice in the 550-yard, $15,000 Tower of the Americas Handicap at Retama Park on July 7.

He Is The Risingstar drew post 4 and will be ridden by Jerry Lee Yoakum.

Seven distance specialists have been entered in Friday’s 870-yard, $20,000 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes. Jerry Windham’s Stolis Pro, a homebred 7-year-old son of champion Stoli trained by Leon Bard, drew post 7 and will be ridden by Francisco Calderon in his season debut. Stolis Pro won four of his five outs at the 870 distance last year, including the $25,000 Governor’s Cup Marathon and $19,000 AQHA Sam Houston Distance Challenge, both at Sam Houston Race Park.

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