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March 29, 2014


Sam Houston hosted 17 trials today in preparation for the richest race of the 2014 Quarter Horse Meeting, the $100,000-added Sam Houston Futurity (G2). The fourth trial of the afternoon produced the fastest qualifier when Kiss My Hocks won in record-setting time under rider Luis Vivanco
The Tempting Dash colt crossed the wire of the 330-yard trial in a time of :16.433, besting the previous record of :16:514 set on July 5, 2002 by Pies Power Play.

Bred in Texas by Tyler Graham and John Mayers, Kiss My Hocks ($6.20) was sired by Tempting Dash out of the Tres Seis mare Romancing Mary.

“I bred him and we have liked what we have seen from day one,” said Graham. “He ran a schooling race at Retama Park and did it easy.”

Toby Keeton trains the colt, who is owned in partnership with Graham and Conda Maze. Maze has had many runners trained by Keeton, most notably, Show Me Your Toole, who was the fastest qualifier for the 2008 Sam Houston Futurity. He finished third, but won the Dash for Cash Futurity later that year at Lone Star Park

“This is the only futurity I haven’t won,” said Keeton. “This is a very smart horse and we are having a great time with him. Conda visits every morning; I love training for these guys.”

Maria Nino’s California-bred Quic Carter, runner-up to Kiss My Hocks in the fourth trial, was the second-fastest qualifier, clocked at :16.474.  The gelded son of Carters Cartel was ridden to victory by Eleazar Rivera Hernandez for trainer Juan Carlos Saucedo.
Glimpse of Dash owned by R. Jaime Flores won the sixth trial in a time of :16.520, slotting the third-fastest time. Saul Ramirez, Jr. rode the son of Glimpse of Greatness for trainer Roberto Ramirez.

Trainer Trey Wood, who won the 2013 Sam Houston Futurity with Especially Tres qualified Tres Air, a full brother to last year’s champion.

“He is a little more aggressive than the filly,” said Blane Wood, who breaks all the juveniles for his son, Trey. “In training, he likes to run off; today, he did just that.”

To view the list of the ten fastest qualifiers with owners, breeders, jockeys and trainers, visit

Past winners of the Sam Houston Futurity include 2004 AQHA Champion 2-year-old, Azoom, Snowy Alibi, Sassmaster and Jess Tee Off. The 2014 Sam Houston Futurity champion will be crowned on Saturday, April 19.

Cartel Arrangement Impressive as the Fastest Qualifier in Trials for the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3)
Six trials were run on Friday evening for the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3). The fourth trial produced the fastest time of the evening as Cartel Arrangement surged to the wire of her 350-yard trial in :17.278 seconds.

The 3-year-old daughter of Carters Cartel was bred by Christine Hudson and is owned by Sherrie and J. B. Morace. Regular rider Santos Carrizales has piloted the black filly in each of her five career starts. Purchased for just $4,500 at the 2012 TQHA Yearling Sale, the talented filly was the fastest qualifier in the $442,000 TQHA Sale Futurity last July at Retama Park.

”She was a little sore in her shin after the TQHA Sale Futurity,” said trainer Angel Sanchez. “She has really come back well.”

Big Dashing Perry, winner of the 2013 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs, posted the second-fastest time of :17.282. Trained by Bobby Martinez for owners Tommy Hays, Bobby Barnett and Grant Farms, LLC, the Louisiana-bred son of Mr Jess Perry was ridden by David Alvarez.

Sam Houston Race Park will host the final of the Sam Houston Derby on  Saturday, April 19. The complete list of qualifiers can be viewed at

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