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Jockey Eddie Cox Wins Both Stakes Races at Retama Park

Retama Park hosted two graded stakes races on Saturday night's card, the $117,000 American Airlines Texas Juvenile Challenge and the $24,000 Distaff Challenge. In the Juvenile, jockey Eddie Cox, a San Antonio native, flew in from Louisiana where he picks up most of his mounts at Delta Downs. The jockey had quite a rich night as he picked up the winning colt, Go For Bourque, in the Grade 2 American Airlines Texas Juvenile Challenge for trainer Isidro Hinojosa and the Distaff-winning filly Jesse Leigh Perry.

In the Grade 2 American Airlines Texas Juvenile Challenge, the top ten qualifiers from the trials held two weeks ago each had a chance at taking home $117,540 Saturday night. 11-1 longshot Go for Bourque inched his way into the finals as the tenth qualifier by only 3 hundredths of a second, but was easily best in the final running the 350 yards in 18.12 seconds and finishing lengths ahead of stablemate Miss Cash Streak. Isidro Hinojosa qualified both horses with the tenth and eighth fastest times respectively and walked away with both the first and second place prize monies, taking home 70% of the pot. Takem Down Fast was the fourth fastest qualifier and finished third in the finals while Manets Sixmoon Zoom, the fastest qualifier coming into the race and pre-race favorite, finished fourth.

The previous race on the card, the Grade 3 Ford Texas Distaff Challenge, proved that Jesse Leigh Perry is one of the best fillies in the Southwest. The sorrel four-year-old was bumped at the start but gathered herself and steadily increased her advantage over the field by a 1 lengths, finishing the 400 yards in 20.36 seconds and paying $5.00 to win as the betting favorite. Speedin Deanie held on for second, The Rare Necessities crossed the wire in third and Carlotta Dream rounded out the top four. Jesse Leigh Perry has now started four times this year and each time has gone off as the top choice. Notching the victory made it two stakes wins for the filly this year and also earned her a berth in the $100,000 Distaff Challenge at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, on November 2. Jesse Leigh Perry is trained by Beverly McNeely and was guided to victory by back-to-back stakes winner Eddie Cox.

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