-photo by SandraBeck/Coady Photography

-photo by Sandra Beck/Coady Photography

Azoom is the Fastest Qualifier for the $1 Million Texas Classic Futurity at SHRP

Houston, Texas (October 15, 2004) - Eleven trials were run this evening at Sam Houston Race Park for the $1,000,000 Texas Classic Futurity (G1). The amazingly talented Azoom, who was the fastest qualifier in the TQHA Sires' Futurity, the TQHA Sale Futurity and the Sam Houston Futurity, did it again tonight, winning his 400-yard trial in a time of :19.865.

The 2-year-old colt, bred in Texas by Jerry Windham, was purchased at the 2003 TQHA Yearling Sale for $62,000 by Enrique Carrion of Veracruz, Mexico. He began his career in Mexico, breaking his maiden on March 12 and winning four races in Mexico City before Carrion sent him to trainer Frank Cavazos at Sam Houston Race Park on May 22. With regular rider, Rodrigo Vallejo, Azoom has captured two Grade 1 futurities at Sam Houston Race Park, $283,422 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) on August 14 and the $350,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G1) on September 24. He not only won that stakes in convincing fashion, he set a new track record of :19.574 for the distance of 400-yards.

The previous record of :19.59 was set by Mr Bar Code on September 9, 2000 in his win in the 2000 Sam Houston Futurity.

Azoom has now won 10 of his 12 lifetime starts, six of them at Sam Houston Race Park. Cavazos continues to be amazed at the talent of his Texas-bred colt.

"He's just a freak, I guess," said Cavazos. "There's not many colts out there that can run that fast. Rodrigo tells me that he has never really asked him to run. He's never really had to push him. We just want to keep him sound and look forward to running him in the finals."

Bigtime Favorite, trained by John Buchanan was the second fastest qualifier, in a repeat of the trial results for the Sam Houston Futurity. Under Juan Vazquez, Bigtime Favorite won his trial in :19.978 and they were the only two runners in the 11 trial races to break the twenty-second mark.

"He's a good horse," acknowledged Buchanan. "He's getting more experienced and as long as they keep Azoom (away) and load him up and take him to another track, we'd probably do good."

Azoom will take on his nine rivals on Friday, October 29. He is also qualified for the $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge on MBNA America Challenge Championships night at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, November 6.

Cavazos has not ruled out the colt returning on one-week's rest, but will reserve the final decision following Azoom's post-race condition in the Texas Classic Futurity.

Sam Houston Race Park
Texas Classic Futurity Trials
Trials: Friday, October 15, 2004

Final: Friday, October 29, 2004
Final Purse - $1,000,000

TWO-YEAR-OLDS - 400 Yards

Qualifying Time
Azoom Rodrigo Vallejo Frank Cavazos :19.865
Bigtime Favorite Juan Vazquez John Buchanan :19.978
Scrutinizer Larry Payne Eddie Willis :20.190
Strawfly Romance Jorge Bordieu Jose Luis Dominguez :20.206
Six Packa Moonshine Roy Baldillez Dwayne Gilbreath :20.235
Kathys Star Quest Randy Edison Bobby Martinez :20.270
Mairis Cartel Danny Lavergne James Gerhards :20.275
Cartel Leader Danny Lavergne Dave Correll :20.276
Beautiful Bunny Budds Rodrigo Vallejo Terry Luera :20.293
Pump It Up Juan Vazquez John Buchanan :20.297

Track Record: Azoom :19.57 - September 24, 2004


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