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April 11, 2013

$452,800 SAM HOUSTON FUTURITY (G2) HIGHLIGHTS
BIG QUARTER HORSE RACING WEEKEND
AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Fans of American Quarter Horse racing will not want to miss the Saturday, April 13 race card at Sam Houston Race Park. The evening will include three stakes, the $452,800 Sam Houston Futurity (G2). In addition to the 330-yard final for 2-year-olds, Sam Houston Race Park will also present the final of the $197,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3) and $45,280 Sam Houston Juvenile Stake on Saturday. Friday night's racing program will feature the running of the $53,400 Sam Houston Maiden Classic.

Trace Seis Leads the Field for the Sam Houston Futurity (G2)
A total of 15 trials were run on Saturday, March 30 to determine the ten fastest qualifiers for the richest race of the 2013 Quarter Horse meet, the $452,800 Sam Houston Futurity (G2). The third trial of the afternoon produced the fastest qualifier when Trace Seis won her 330-yard trial in a time of :16.957 under rider Cipriano Vidana

Bred in Texas by Christine Hudson, Trace Seis is a daughter of Tres Seis out of the Truley First Class mare Sing and Pray. Owner and trainer Jose R. Espinosa of Mission, Texas, purchased the filly at the 2012 TQHA Yearling Sale for $10,000. 

“We picked her due to Tres Seis, who is an unbelievable sire,” said Espinosa. “Since we started her training, we knew we had a promising filly. She did great in the schooling races at Retama; we have a lot of faith in her.”

This is the first qualifier for Espinosa, who has been training on the Texas circuit for seven years. His filly will return for the final on Saturday, April 13 to compete for $181,120, the winner's share of the Sam Houston Futurity $452,800 purse.

Alejandro Moya's homebred Paint Bug, runner-up to Trace Seis in the third trial, was the second-fastest qualifier, clocked at :16.968. The Pyc Paint Your Wagon colt was ridden to victory by Alfonso Lujan for trainer Erasmo Hernandez. Lujan will be in the irons again on Saturday evening, breaking from post position six, with Trace Seis drawn in the fifth slot.

Trainer Trey Wood will saddle two runners for the Sam Houston Futurity and reports that both Especially Tres and Eagletefamous came out of their trials in good order.

"Both came back really well," said Wood. "We were happy with qualifying two. They both ran a little green, but have good chances if they get a clean trip."

This would be the first Sam Houston Futurity for Wood, who won the 2008 TQHA Sale Futurity with Jodys Money Pop, who was owned by Jim D. Pitts. Pitts signed a $6,700 sale ticket for Especially Tres at the 2012 Heritage Place Sale.  Wood reported that Eagletefamous was purchased for $60,000 at the Ruidoso Sale. The One Famous Eagle colt is owned by Terry Baber.

Jockey Rodrigo Vallejo has won a record four editions of the Sam Houston Futurity, including the 2011 edition with Jess Tee Off for trainer Judd Kearl. He will pilot Lindsayshadowdancer, a Valiant Hero filly who recorded the tenth-fastest time for Kearl and owner King Camden Running Horses Inc.

The Sam Houston Futurity will run as the ninth race of the Saturday evening card, with an estimated post time of 9:33 p.m. (CT).

Flirtingwithamiracle Impressive as the Fastest Qualifier in Trials for the $197,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3)
Trainer Juan Carlos Saucedo will be a busy man on Saturday night. He has two entrants in the Sam Houston Futurity, Jess A Dashin Man and Bedouin In View, but also trains the fastest qualifier for the $197,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3).

Flirtingwithamiracle recorded the top time of :17.739 seconds in seven trials for the 350-yard Sam Houston Derby.

The 3-year-old son of Dean Miracle was bred in Texas by Patricia Potts and is owned by Marina Nino. Regular rider Eleazar Rivera Hernandez was aboard for the trial win on March 29. Sent off at odds of 13.1, his supporters were rewarded with a win payout of $28.20.

“He came into this race as sound as he has ever been,” said Saucedo. “It was great to see the way he opened up.”

Trainer Fructusoso Huitron qualified the second fastest qualifier in the first trial. CC Wants It All owned by Salvador Olivera was clocked at :17.805. This was the third win from seven starts. The son of Chief Corona will be ridden by  Saul Ramirez, Jr.

Trainer Cindi Keeton won last year's Sam Houston Derby with Charmin Chief Corona and has two qualifiers for the 2013 stakes. Keeton will saddle CC Seis, a Tres Seis filly who drew the rail and will be ridden by Gilbert Ortiz and SS Poker Face Dream. Jockey Luis Vivanco will pilot the Texas-bred colt, who was the fourth-fastest qualifier in trials.

The winner of the Sam Houston Derby will earn $78,800.

$45,280 Sam Houston Juvenile To Be Contested Saturday Night
The $45,280 Sam Houston Juvenile Stake will kick off the stakes action on Saturday evening. The field of ten American Quarter Horses competed in trials for the Sam Houston Futurity on March 30, but missed the cut-off time of: 17.142 seconds.

Cristata, owned by Filimon Saucedo and trained by Juan Carlos Saucedo, ran second to sixth-fastest qualifier Ad Nadaes Facil and was clocked at :17.143.  The daughter of Mr Jess Perry drew the rail and will be ridden by Eleazar Rivera Hernandez. On the far outside, Big Biz Perry, another Mr Jess Perry filly, owned and trained by Jose R. Espinosa, broke her maiden in trials in a time of :17.145. Jockey Cipriano Vidana has the return call.

Ten races are set for Saturday night, beginning at 6:00 p.m. The Sam Houston Juvenile will be run as the fifth race (7:49 p.m.).

Finalists Vie Friday Night in the $53,400 Sam Houston Maiden Classic
Friday night's feature at Sam Houston Race Park is the $53,400 Sam Houston Maiden Classic featuring the ten fastest qualifiers from trials run on March 28. The stakes was written for 3-year-old and up maidens at time of nomination.

Plunge The Depths was an impressive winner in the first of seven trials for the 350-yard Sam Houston Maiden Classic held on the opening night of the 2013 Quarter Horse season.

Owned by Julia Cesar Ramirez and trained by Willie J. Simien, Jr, the 4-year-old son of Wave Carver drew off from his far outside post, covering 350 yards in
in :17.849 seconds.  Rider Ricardo Aguirre guided the gray runner to a maiden-breaking score for breeder Joe Kirk Fulton. Plunge The Depths was a little difficult prior to the start of the race, but once he got into stride, he drew off by three lengths.

“I wasn't happy with the way he left the gates in the trials,” said the 24-year-old Simien. “We have schooled him in the mornings and he's done well."

Plunge The Depths will break from post position four under Aguirre in the Sam Houston Maiden Classic, which will run as the eighth race on Friday, April 12. 

Taste This Corona, under jockey Alfonso Lujan, drew post position two.  Owned by Hugo Morales and trained by Erasmo Hernandez, the King Corona gelding was the second fastest qualifier, winning his trial in :17.916 seconds.  Aguirre also qualified Cjs Rocksolid,  who had the third fastest clocking of the evening, of :17.995 seconds. Jose Vega will ride the sorrel gelding for trainer Michael Wakefield.

Promotions Set at Sam Houston Race Park
The 2013 Quarter Horse meet continues through Saturday, May 18, with post times set for Thursday and Friday (7 p.m.) and Saturday (6:00 p.m.). Special events include:

  • 50 Cent Beer Fridays with ESPN’sFred Faour and A.J. Hoffman featuring 50 Cent Draft Beer and $1.50 Wine Specials every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Dollar Day at The Park featuring $1 admission, live racing programs, hot dogs, ice cream, soda and draft beer. Free Petting Zoo. (April 20)
  • Kentucky Derby Day featuring live racing coupled with the simulcast of the 139th Kentucky Derby with Mint Juleps and the annual Kentucky Derby Hat Contest. (First post 1:00 p.m. May 4)
  • Mother’s Day Brunch featuring a special Sunday live racing program in honor of Mother’s Day. (First post 1:00 p.m. May 12)
  • Preakness Stakes featuring live racing coupled with the simulcast of the 138th Preakness Stakes. (First post 1:00 p.m. May 18)

  • Charlie Robison Performs Friday Evening in the Spring Concert Series at Sam Houston Race Park
    The 2013 Concert Series at Sam Houston Race Park will take place on Friday and Saturdays on the Bud Light Stage following live racing. A variety of Country and Alternative music artists will take to the Bud Light Stage where the venue will offer general admission tickets to the open lawn. In addition, Sam Houston Race Park will offer a variety of food and beverage concessions so that racing and music fans can fully enjoy this total entertainment experience.

    New to this year’s concert series will be FREE concert admission for all guests that purchase $6 general admission tickets to live racing before 8:00 p.m. Admission will be $20 for guests arriving after 8:00 p.m.

    Popular alternative rock band Blue October attracted a huge following on  Saturday, March 30. A total of six artists will perform on Friday and Saturday nights with Kevin Fowler wrapping up the series on Saturday, May 11.
    The Bud Light Stage lists of performers is as follows:
    Charlie Robison Friday, April 12
    Reckless Kelly Saturday, April 27
    Roger Creager Friday, May 3 presented by ABC Home & Commercial Services
    Kevin Fowler Saturday, May 11 presented by Auto Nation 

    Jockey, Trainer and Owner Standings
    Juan Carlos Saucedo remains in first place in the trainer standings following the second week of the 2013 Quarter Horse meet at Sam Houston Race Park. Saucedo has seven wins. Manuel Vega, Jr. and Bobby Martinez are tied for second place with five wins each.  Martinez won the second stakes of the meet last Saturday, saddling Shakeemdontbreakem in the $20,000 Silestone StakesMike Robbins, Brian Stroud, Guy Hopkins and Bobby Touchet each have won three races to date.

    Ricardo Aguirre booted home three winners least weekend and is the top jockey at Sam Houston with nine victories. Luis Vivanco had a big week and follows closely with eight wins.  David Alvarez is in third place with seven wins; Santos Carrizales is fourth with five firsts and Rodrigo Vallejo, last year's leading Sam Houston rider, rounds out the top five with four victories.

    Antonio Delgado, Jr. and Meryl and Joe Kirk Fulton share the lead in the owner standings with three wins each. Seven owners, including Jose S. Espinosa, who owns and trains Sam Houston Futurity fastest qualifier, Trace Seis, have won two races this meet.

    Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 recently renovated luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.

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