STORMGUARD CAPTURES THE $125,945 JOHN DEERE JUVENILE CHALLENGE (G3) AND DASH FOR THE FLASH CLOSED WITH AUTHORITY TO TAKE THE $73,304 ADEQUAN DERBY CHALLENGE AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
By Martha Claussen
HOUSTON, TX –Sam Houston Race Park hosted two regional qualifying races for the 2023 Bank of America Racing Challenge on Friday, June 16. Stormguard was a convincing winner in the $125,945 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (G3) and Dash for the Flash was equally impressive in the $73,304 Adequan Derby Challenge.
Stormguard Took Command in the $125,945 John Deere Juvenile Challenge (G3)
It has been a banner season for Stormguard. The second fastest qualifier in trials held here on May 26, did not disappoint as the favorite in the $125,945 John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge (G3).
Bred by Chad Hart and Bobby D. Cox, the
Diaz indicated that Stormguard ($6.20) will ship to Retama Park for his next start prior to competing in the $125,000 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Lone Star Park on Saturday, October 21.
Dash for the Flash Explosive Winner of the $73,304 Adequan Derby Challenge
Three trials were contested on May 27 to determine the ten finalists for the $73,304 Adequan Derby Challenge, and the win streak continued for Dash for the Flash. The son of Tempting Dash out of the Pyc Paint Your Wagon mare Its Bragging Time was bred by Curtis Crenwelge and was making his sixth career start for owner Jose N. Chavez. Eddie Sanchez, who has ridden the bay colt to his two victories this season at Sam Houston, had the return call and was impressed with his effort tonight, rolling late and crossing the wire of the 400-yard final in :20.067 seconds over the fast main track.
It was a family affair as Eddie’s older brother Jose Sanchez, III, trains the $25,000 TQHA Yearling Sale graduate.
Dash for the Flash ($4.40) will represent Texas in the $150,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G3) at Lone Star Park on October 21.
Four Stakes Set for Saturday, June 17 at Sam Houston Race Park
The Sam Houston Race Park 2023 Quarter Horse live racing season will wrap on Saturday, June 17 with the running of four stakes as well as the presentation of the end of the meet awards to the meet’s leading owner, trainer, and jockey. The $50,000 Sam Houston 250 Stakes and $50,000 Sam Houston 550 Stakes both drew full fields. In addition, the program will include memorial stakes honoring trainer Jesse Yoakum, who was a longtime supporter of Texas racing, and Willie Hickman, who played many pivotal roles in the Sam Houston racing office.
About Sam Houston Race Park
Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles northwest of downtown Houston. Owned by Penn Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ – PENN), the racetrack, which opened in 1994, offers a variety of attractions for businesses, group outings, and families during racing and the off-season. The track is best known for its award-winning dining and features multiple areas for fans looking for casual to upscale dining options including its Winner’s Circle Restaurant, Jockey Club, Luxury Suites, and Pavilion Centre. For more information or tickets to upcoming live racing, shows, and events, please visit www.shrp.com or follow on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tick Tok or YouTube
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