|Brimmin Quick Lights Up the Toteboard in the $33,480 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park
(Houston, Texas - Saturday, May 10, 2014) -
Brimmin Quick broke out of the maiden ranks in impressive fashion tonight with a stakes win in the $33,480 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge at Sam Houston Race Park.
The three-year-old Brimmerton filly made her seventh career start this evening and delivered a peak performance under jockey Damian Martinez. She was the sixth-fastest qualifier in trials run on April 24, but came flying late to capture her first career win. The final time of the 350 yards was :17.832, which earned the filly a speed index of 90.
"She broke really well," said Martinez, who won his second stakes of the meet this evening. "She got out in front and kept going. I was really surprised!"
Owned by Joe M. Flores, the sorrel filly is trained by Mauricio Lopez, who celebrated his 21st birthday last Tuesday.
"She came out of the trial well and ate well every day," said Lopez "I was afraid she wasn't going to qualify, but we took the nose rig off tonight, and I think that made a difference. This was our first win of the meet; I couldn't be happier."
Michael Amburn’s Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding, Paintedinoil had the lead under Jose Alvarez, but was caught by the fast-closing Brimmin Quick, who returned $68.00 to her supporters.
All the money was on the fastest qualifier Eye Agree, a daughter of Mr Eye Opener, who broke her maiden and set the fastest qualifying time of :17.904 seconds for 350 yards.
"She just didn’t leave the gate," said jockey Santos Carrizales. "She did the best she could."
Cat Scratch Dash Scores in the $17,200 Colors of Houston Paint Futurity (G2)
Cat Scratch Dash owned and trained by Jose Nevarez, Jr., was an impressive winner in the $17,200 Colors of Houston Paint Futurity (G2).
The son of Country Quick Dash broke alertly under rider Issac Chapa and defeated his eight rivals in the 300 yard dash. The final time, over a fast track, was:15.790.
The sorrel colt won at first asking here on April 1, and was very professional is his return to competition.
"He warmed up great and ran a perfect race," said Chapa. "He just blew them away."
Sent off as the heavy favorite, Cat Scratch Dash paid $2.80 for the win. Easy Cash Fenimore, ridden by Juan Francisco Garcia, Jr., was second and Jewel Time completed the trifecta.
Im A Corona Defies His Age in the $18,100 Colors of Texas Paint Maturity (G2)
A full field of nine Paints went postward in the $18,100 Colors of Texas Paint Maturity (G2) and nine-year-old Im A Corona emerged victorious.
The nine-year-old Oklahoma-bred prepped for the stakes in an allowance here on April 19 and won the 300-yard race by close to two lengths. Tonight under rider Julio Rodriguez, the son of The Corona closed powerfully from the eighth post position, covering 300 yards in :17.971.
Owned by Juan Lozano, Sr., the chestnut gelding made his 31st career start this evening and now has a record of 13 wins, eight seconds and two third-place finishes. He has been trained for the past two years by Alfred A. Aparicio.
"He's as sound as any horse I have ever trained," said Apraricio. "I got him when he was seven; he's just a solid runner."
Im A Corona left the gate as the second betting choice and paid $6.60 to win. Rawhide Legend was second and last year’s Colors of Paint Futurity winner, El Intruso was placed third after the steward’s disqualified Laus Deo for interference.
Owner, Trainer and Jockey Titles to Be Decided on Sunday
The leading owner, trainer and jockey titles will be decided on Sunday, May 11. Angel Sanchez has the lead in the trainer standings heading into Sunday's card. Jockey Luis Vivanco, who earned his second leading Sam Houston Race Park riding title last year, is on target to make it three in a row. The battle for owner of the meet will likely go down to the final day as a multitude of horsemen are within one win of each other.
Sunday's closing card for the 2014 Quarter Horse meet will feature the finals of the $58,860 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge and the $68,490 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge. Sam Houston Race Park will also honor the owner, trainer and jockey of the meet on the Sunday afternoon racing program, which gets underway at 1:00 p.m.