|Magic Jess Perry Runs Away With
the $46,960 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby at SHRP
August 8, 2003) - Magic Jess Perry, owned by the S A Ranch of
Edcouch, Texas, was the winner of tonight’s feature at Sam
Houston Race Park, the $46,960 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3).
The 3-year-old son of Mr Jess Perry, trained by Joe Garza, was the
ninth fastest qualifier in trials held on July 25, but put forth
an outstanding performance to capture the final this evening.
The Louisiana-bred gelding has been impressive in 2003, winning
four races and running second in his other three starts. Under rider
Ignacio Bustamante, Magic Jess Perry, who overcame a tangle of horses
at the break, accelerated well in the stretch, winning by a nose.
He earned a speed index of 90, completing the 400 yard dash in a
time of :20.202. Magic Jess Perry picked up a check for $18,784,
increasing his career bankroll to $56,278.
"I was happy that Joe asked me to ride the horse," said
Bustamante. "I’ve known Joe a long time and knew that
this was a good horse. Tonight he broke well and with two or three
jumps got to the wire."
"He ran well for us in Louisiana earlier this year,"
said Garza. "He won his trial but was the ninth fastest qualifier,
but I wasn’t worried. It was an easy race for him and I knew
he was ready tonight. I am very proud of the horse."
Snow Warning, who was the fastest qualifier in trials, ran second
under rider Juan Vazquez.
"We came together out of the gate and he (the winner) kind
of knocked my back end out from under me," said Vazquez. "I
thought I had him but he just kept coming."
Chicks Cartel, who earned $111,776 as a 2-year-old, ran third
under rider Gilbert Ortiz for trainer Janet Van Bebber.
"He ran a good race," noted Ortiz. "They just came
by me there in the end. He did everything I asked him to."
Magic Jess Perry paid $10.00, $5.80 and $4.00 across the board.
The 6-5 exacta paid $60.20 and the 6-5-9 trifecta returned $297.20.
Completing the order of finish were Vivid Velocity, Shake Em White,
The Bluetailfly, Seek N Destroy, Boot Scootin Task, Party Hound
and Shake Em Wizar.
News and Notes
Rider Gilbert Ortiz had an impressive showing, winning 4 races
on the Friday night card. Ortiz began the evening with a win aboard
the opener on Warriors Glance ($11.20). He rode Luck And Cash ($5.40)
in the third; Corona Cerveza ($12.80) and It’s a Blue Monday
($3.20) in the seventh. With his victories tonight, Ortiz has a
total of 25 wins for the 2003 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse
meeting and is in second place in the standings. Last year’s
leading rider, J. R. Ramirez, still remains the leader with a total
of 35 wins to date.