|Mi Angela Shines in the $20,000 Silestone Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
(Houston, Texas - Friday, March 28, 2014) - The second stakes of the 2014 Sam Houston Race Park American Quarter Horse meet featured a well-matched group of ten accredited Texas-bred fillies and mares. The well-traveled Mi Angela was a game winner in the $20,000 Silestone Stakes, just missing the track record for the distance of 330 yards.
The four-year-old daughter of Jet Black Patriot ran third in the 2013 edition of the Silestone Stakes, but showed her maturity tonight. With Manuel Gutierrez in the irons, she finished with a determined kick. Her final clocking of :16.522 was just hundreds of seconds shy of breaking the 330-yard record of :16.514 set by Pies Power Play. Mi Angela is trained by Rolando Almanza.
"Her pedigree is awesome, she's out of Dashing Folly, one of the best mares in the country," said Almanza "When we first got her, she was really nervous. Now she is mature and ships very well."
"She is always so good at the distance of 250 to 330 yards," said co-owner Rudy Trevino, who was on hand to accept the trophy. "She has won three stakes for her, and we are very thankful to have such a nice mare."
He and his cousin, Cesar Rosales have enjoyed seeing the bay mare win stakes at Hialeah Park and Indiana Downs, and now boasts a record of 8 wins from 18 starts.
Stoli Angel ran second under Francisco Calderon followed by Bux For Bricks, and Sweet Easter Bunny.
Cartel Arrangement Impressive as the Fastest Qualifier in Trials for the Sam Houston Derby (G3)
Six trials were run on Friday evening for the $35,000-added Sam Houston Derby (G3). The fourth trial produced the fastest time of the evening as Cartel Arrangement surged to the wire of her 350-yard trial in :17.278 seconds.
The three-year-old daughter of Carters Cartel was bred by Christine Hudson and is owned by Sherrie and J. B. Morace. Regular rider Santos Carrizales has piloted the black filly in each of her five career starts. Purchased for just $4,500 at the 2012 TQHA Yearling Sale, the talented filly was the fastest qualifier in the $442,000 TQHA Sale Futurity last July at Retama Park.
"She was a little sore in her shin after the TQHA Sale Futurity," said trainer Angel Sanchez. "She has really come back well."
Big Dashing Perry, winner of the 2013 Firecracker Futurity at Delta Downs, posted the second-fastest time of :17.282. Trained by Bobby Martinez for owners Tommy Hays, Bobby Barnett and Grant Farms, LLC, the Louisiana-bred son of Mr Jess Perry was ridden by David Alvarez.
The fast times prevailed throughout the evening. Trainer Jose Davila qualified Daytona B for owner Rebecca S. Garza. The gelded son of First Down Dash won his trial in a sizzling :17.288 under rider Alfonso Lujan.
"I galloped him at Louisiana Downs, but this was the first time I rode him," said Lujan. "The rain was just starting to come down, but he stood good in the gates and really fired."
Daytona B ran in trials for the Sam Houston Futurity last year before heading to Ruidoso Downs last summer.
"I didn't know he was by Dashing Pana," added Lujan. "I had a lot of success with that mare."
Sam Houston Race Park will host the final of the Sam Houston Derby on Saturday, April 19. The complete list of qualifiers can be viewed at stallionesearch.com.