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HOUSTON (Saturday, July 26, 2008)–Sam Houston Race Park ( ended an exciting weekend of activity and live racing events with the $418.984 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) stakes race, along with two additional stakes races as part of the evening’s 10-race card, on Saturday, July 26, 2008.

Jodys Money Pop ($12.80), who was the morning line odds second favored horse of the race behind frontrunner Show Me Your Toole, broke out of the starting gate on top with a strong drive and maintained a convincing lead for the duration of the 350-yeard race.  The two-year old colt crossed the wire with a final time of :17.786. 

“This was a competitive field of horses,” said 20-year old trainer Trey Wood “This horse was the 8th fastest qualifier overall. It took some pressure off of us because not everyone’s eyes were on us tonight. We’re so happy to get this colt a win.”

Jockey Ricky Ramirez, who didn’t ride the colt in the qualifying trial race at The Park but has been aboard him for several other races, stated, “This horse is a more experienced horse and it just gets better and better after each race.  This horse just has a big heart and he is just a runner.”

Ramirez holds the title of current leading Quarter Horse jockey of the 2008 meeting at Ruidoso Downs.

Owners Jim and Dina Pitts, from Burkburnett, Texas, were on-hand to watch their horse claim top honors.  The couple picked the colt out at the 2007 TQHA Yearling Sale and purchased him for $18,000.  Mr. Pitts was beaming with pride and excitement stating, “We’re so happy to get in the finals. We knew the little colt would do good. He broke on top and pretty much dominated the whole race.” 

The Pitts have raised and raced a lot of horses, winning a fare share of purses at Ruidoso Downs. Pitts went on to say, “This is the second little horse we’ve had with the heart and guts that he has. He’s not always going to be up front, but man those horses will know they’ve been in a race! He’s tough-minded. He’s easy to train and easy to handle.”

The Pitts and trainer Trey Wood plan to take Jodys Money Pop and race him at Lonestar Park in Dallas following tonight’s win.

Final placement for the race was Jodys Money Pop, Show Me Your Toole in second and Royally Streak in third.  The race hosted a 9-horse field.

The TQHA trial races took place on July 11 at The Park and revealed Show Me Your Toole as the fastest qualifier with a final time of :18.037.  The field of 10 competitors for the final witnessed Show Me Your Toole as the 5-2 morning line odds favorite with Jodys Money Pop (4-1) as the second favored horse in the race.   




$8,000 Gulf Coast Paint & Appaloosa Derby

Jubious Illusion (3-year-old colt)

:18.36 winning time

Jockey Modesto Pina; Trainer Guy Hopkins; Owner Linda Jo and James C. Whitener

3rd Race; Field of 6 horses; 350 yards; $4.60; Speed 78 mph

The Sorrel Colt, Jubious Illusion, foaled in Texas by Streakin Sixes out of Three Ohs Dondi, by Heza Three Ohs. The 3-year-old colt broke well and gave a strong drive.

Final Placement: Jubious Illusion by ¾ lengths, Savonas Beauty following 1 length behind and Action Figure finishing in third by a neck.


$9,000 La Perla Paint & Appaloosa Derby

Brown Sugar Treasured (2-year-old filly)

:18.377 winning time

Jockey Rodrigo Vallejo; Trainer Bobby Touchet; Owner Jerry Neil Leavell

9th Race; Field of 8 horses; 350 yards; Speed 77  mph

The Bay Filly, Brown Sugar Treasured, foaled in Texas by Rebel Style out of Treasured Go Go, by Treasured Too. The 2-year-old filly broke away alertly and drew off.

Final Placement: Brown Sugar Treasured won convincingly by 2 lengths, followed by Raise Beduino in second and Judys Treasure Chick trailing third.

The weekend will culminate with the day-long Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour at The Showgrounds ( on Sunday, July 27. The inaugural Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, expected to be one of the largest concert events at The Showgrounds this summer, will showcase more than 10 heavy metal and rock acts including headliners Slipknot and Disturbed.


$25,000-added TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby Trials

Trials:  Saturday, July 26, 2008

Final:  Saturday, August 9, 2008

3-year-olds                              400 yards




Qualifying Time

Panther Purr

Rodrigo Vallejo

Abelardo Flores, Jr.


Rapid Fire Jess

Jose Vega

Jesse Garci


A Dirty Flick

J. Pennington

John Hamilton


  Jessie O Toole

Juan Vazquez

Judd Kearl


Eyesa Sam

Carlos Terrazas

Ignacio Bustamante


Heza Jet Set

Jesse Garcia

Jose Vega


Im Special Run

Rodrigo Vallejo


Abelardo Flores, Jr.


Racing Streak

Rodrigo Vallejo

Janet Van Bebber


Jess Jeans

Rodrigo Vallejo


Abelardo Flores, Jr.


Dream You See

Gilbert Ortiz

Janet Van Bebber


*Track Record for 400 Yards: Azoom  :19.574- September 24, 2004

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club.  The Park’s newest addition, The Showgrounds, is an all-ages venue that hosts annual Country, Classic Rock and Contemporary concert events throughout the year.  For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit, or call 800-211-3381.


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