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April 13, 2013



Owner Jim D. Pitts has had his share of champion American Quarter Horses. Tonight at Sam Houston Race Park he was thrilled with the performance of a very talented filly, Especially Tres, who dominated her nine rivals in the $452,800 Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

Especially Tres, a daughter of Dashair out of the Tres Seis mare, Delightfully Tres, was purchased by Pitts for $6,700 at the 2012 Heritage Place Sale. Trained by Trey Wood and ridden by Ricky Ramirez, the sorrel filly won her trial on March 30, recording the third-fastest qualifying time of :16.998. She drew the far outside post for tonight’s final, and blew by the field, crossing the wire of the 330-yard final in :16.823.

“She was ready to run,” said Wood. “She’s a nice filly; didn’t make any mistakes in the trial and ran the same race tonight We didn’t pay much for her, just $6,700 and here we are.”

Ramirez had high marks for the winner, who earned a speed index of 96 this evening.

“She’s fast,” commented Ramirez. “Today she proved how good she is.  She broke in front and just kept going. It’s an awesome feeling.”

Wood gave credit to his father, Blane, who breaks all his 2-year-olds.

“My dad has liked her from day one,” added Wood. “When it comes to breaking babies, there’s nobody better than him in the business, I can promise you that.”

This was the first Sam Houston Futurity for Wood, who won the 2008 TQHA Sale Futurity with another Pitt’s runner, Jodys Money Pop. 

“That filly right there, I am going to do a little bragging,” said Pitts.  “Just wait until August and September.”

 Pitts inferred that his filly will be pointed to trials for the 2013 All American Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.  Especially Tres, sent off as the post time favorite, paid $7.80 to win and earned $181,120.

Ad Nadaes Facil, the sixth fastest qualifier in trials, rallied for second. Jockey Luis Vivanco rode gelded son of Dictorial for owner Antonio Delgado, Jr.  Trainer Bobby Martinez saddled Bay Ba Licious, who ran third. Bedouin In View completed the superfecta, followed by Lindsayshadowdancer, Jess A Dashin Man, Royally Painted, Paint Bug and Wood’s other starter, Eagletefamous.  Fastest qualifier Trace Seis was sixth, but was disqualified and placed ninth following a steward’s inquiry.

Fastest Qualifier Flirtingwithamiracle Captures the $197,000 Sam Houston Derby (G3)
Trainer Juan Carlos Saucedo was a busy man on Saturday night. He had two entrants in the Sam Houston Futurity, Jess A Dashin Man and Bedouin In View, but scored the victory in $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, and despite causing a ruckus in the saddling paddock, the son of Dean Miracle took care of business in the final.  Regular rider Eleazar Rivera Hernandez has ridden the colt in each of his seven career starts. He survived a steward’s inquiry, and picked up his first graded stakes victory.

Bred in Texas by Patricia Potts, Flirtingwithamiracle was purchased at the Heritage Place Sale for $6,500 by owner Marina Nino. Regular rider Eleazar Rivera Hernandez was aboard for the trial win on March 29. In trials, Flirtingwithamiracle  was sent off at odds of 13.1, his supporters were rewarded with a win payout of $28.20. The betting public got on his bandwagon tonight; he left the gates at odds of 2.80-1 and paid $7.60.

“He did the same thing before the trials,” said Saucedo. That’s one of the things we were most afraid of, the way he acts in the paddock. But on the track, he did what he needed to do.”

CC Wants It All was the second fastest qualifier in trials, and dueled with the winner, falling short by a neck.  Saul Ramirez, Jr. rode the son of Chief Corona for trainer Fructusoso Huitron.  Saucedo’s other qualifier, Mystical Cartel RR, under rider Santos Carrizales, completed the trifecta.

Flirtingwithamiracle won his third race from seven starts. He earned his biggest career paycheck of $78,800.

Chief Coronas Charm Rallies for the Victory in the $45,280 Sam Houston Juvenile
The $45,280 Sam Houston Juvenile Stake kicked 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.

Chief Coronas Charm was the 15th fastest qualifier in trials for the Sam Houston Futurity, but made the most of his second career start, drawing off to a 1 ½ length score under rider Luis Vivanco.

Bred in Texas by Gary Kurz, the son of Chief Corona is a full brother to Charmin Chief Corona, 2012 Sam Houston Race Park Horse of the Meet. Cindi Keeton trains the sorrel colt, who completed 330-yards in :16.94.

“I think he ran very well,” said Keeton. “He’s just a racehorse, that’s all I have to say.”

“We really liked this colt,” commented Pat Kurz, who accepted the blanket with her husband, Gary. “Cindi deserves a lot of credit; she’s worked very hard and does a wonderful job  Gary works with all our babies and we like to bring them along slowly.”

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, broke well and was in contention until the late run from Chief Coronas Charm. JLS Go Big Daddy ran third under Rodrigo Vallejo.

Plunge The Depths Scores in the $53,400 Sam Houston Maiden Classic
Friday night's feature at Sam Houston Race Park was 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 trials for the  350-yard Sam Houston Maiden Classic held on the opening night of the 2013 Quarter Horse season, and replicated his performance in the final, drawing off by 1 ¼ lengths under  jockey Ricardo Aguirre. Final time, over a fast track, was :17.625 seconds.
Bred in Texas by Joe Kirk Fulton, the Wave Carver colt is owned by Julia Cesar Ramirez and is trained by Willie J. Simien, Jr. He returned $5.20 as the post time favorite.
Plunge The Depths was a little difficult prior to the start of the race, but once he got into stride, he drew off masterfully.  Simien will continue to school the lightly-raced colt.

“He disappointed me with his difficult load again,” said Simien. “We gate schooled him on the farm and he loaded really well. Maybe that’s because he knew us. But he left the gate well, better than the trials We were proud."

Simien is pointing his 4-year-old to the Open Graduation at Delta Downs.

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