Jack Zee Quick is Fastest Qualifier in Trials for the $300,000 Sam Houston Futurity

(Friday, August 22, 2003) - Jack Zee Quick was nimble and probably could have jumped over a candle stick as he was the fastest qualifier in trials run this evening at Sam Houston Race Park for the $300,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G1).

Trained by Ronald Gilmer, the 2-year-old son of Royal Quick Dash was making his first start at Sam Houston Race Park. Bred and owned by Dallas Blakely and R.P. Stuart, he had run first or second in his last three races at Delta Downs, including a second place finish in the $180,100 Firecracker Futurity on June 28. With rider Nickey Laws aboard, Jack Zee Quick won impressively in gate-to-wire fashion, completing the 400-yard trial in a time of :19.956.

"He’s a racehorse," commented Gilmer. "We thought we were going to win the Firecracker at Delta. He went off as the favorite over there. He got outrun by that mare (First Kool Baby). She made as perfect a break as I’ve ever seen and he just couldn’t catch her. He’s the kind you dream about; he’s for real."

The final time was the fastest in recent history as the 2002 Sam Houston Futurity fastest qualifier, MJ Gold covered 400 yards in a time of :20.002. The eventual winner of last year’s final, Shiney Sign, crossed the wire of the 400-yard stakes in a time of :19.968.

Blakely and Stuart are no strangers to the winner’s circle as they also own Redgaf, winner of the $23,760 Professional’s Choice Texas Challenge on July 20. He will represent Texas in the $75,000 Professional’s Choice Challenge Championship at Los Alamitos on November 1.

No Fees, the diminutive gray filly, owned by Bobby Cox and John Buchanan, kept her winning streak intact as she won her trial in a time of :20.217.

The was the winner of the $253,050 TQHA Sales Futurity (RG1) on July 12 and is now five-for five. Buchanan qualified three additional runners for the final; Ima Perry Girl, Graford and Abominable.

Live racing at Sam Houston Race Park continues on Saturday, August 23 with ten races including three trials for the $98,000 Sam Houston Derby. The finals of the Sam Houston Derby as well as the $300,000 Sam Houston Futurity will be run on closing night of the 2003 American Quarter Horse meeting, Saturday, September 6. The complete list of qualifiers are as follows:

$300,000 Sam Houston Futurity Trials
Trials: Friday, August 22, 2003
Finals: Saturday, September 6, 2003

Horse Jockey Trainer Qualifying Time
Jack Zee Quick Nickey Laws Ron Gilmer :19.956
Ima Perry Girl Juan Vasquez John Buchanan :20.032
Snow Me the Money Saul Ramirez, Jr. Paul Ramirez :20.081
Toast the Effort Gilbert Ortiz David Salinas, Sr. :20.193
No Fees (S) Juan Vasquez John Buchanan :20.217
Gift in Cash James Bo White Rudy Ruiz, Jr. :20.246
Silver Ease Rodrigo Vallejo Felipe Garza :20.249
Mr Ottyes Manuel Garcia James Harris :20.268
Graford Juan Vasquez John Buchanan :20.301
Abominable Juan Vasquez John Buchanan :20.330

Track Record: Mr Bar Code :19.59 - September 9, 2000

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