||Impressive Effort From Undivided Atemption in the $77,760 John Deere Juvenile Texas Challenge (G3) to Close out the Sam Houston Race Park 2015 Quarter Horse Meet
(Houston, Texas - Saturday, May 16, 2015) -
Sam Houston Race Park's 2015 American Quarter Horse meet concluded today with an excellent card featuring two Bank of America Challenge stakes races and the simulcast of the 140th Preakness Stakes.
Undivided Atemption Posts Sharp Win in the $77,760 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3)
Trainer Rolando Almanza capped off an excellent racing season at Sam Houston Race Park with a victory by Undivided Atemption in the $77,760 John Deere Texas Juvenile Challenge (G3).
The son of Tempting Dash, was an impressive 1-3/4 length winner in his trial under jockey Manuel Gutierrez, recording the third-fastest qualifying time. Despite a 20 mph head wind, the sorrel gelding fired perfectly from the starting gate, drawing off to 1 1/4-length score over Almanza's other entrant, Favored Fire. The final time for the 350-yard stakes was :17.610 seconds.
"He was a little green in trials," said Almanza. "We knew he could run; we were just hoping for a good break. He did it and came out on top. I want to thank the Lord and Quency for sending him to me."
Bred in South Carolina and owned by Quency Grant, Undivided Atemption earned $35,770 for the victory and is undefeated in his two starts.
"He was born at the house, and my son broke him," said Grant. "We've run second in a previous stakes, but this one was really big; my first stakes race. I'm really excited!"
Almanza is on a roll this year, with two horses, Daytona B and Moonin The Eagle, in the AQHA Racing-Horseplayernow.com National Poll for older horses. He has already shipped Moonin The Eagle to Ruidoso Downs, and Daytona B will make his next start in the Bank of America Challenge Championship at Ajax Downs. He indicated that Undivided Atemption will be heading to Indiana Grand this summer, and then to Lone Star for the Texas Classic Futurity.
Undvided Atemption paid $4.60 as the betting favorite. Favored Fire rallied for second, This Bug Can Dash was third, and Sensual Queen ran fourth. Fastest qualifier Tellereyematthebar was an early scratch.
Jumpn Streak Decisive Winner in the $55,170 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge
Terrazas Family homebred Jumpn Streak was a convincing winner in the $55,170 Adequan Texas Derby Challenge, run as the eighth race of the afternoon card.
He was the third-fastest three-year-old from trials on April 24, but was much the best in the final, drawing off by a two-length margin under the capable veteran, Santos Carrizales.
"I've ridden this horse before and knew that 400 yards is a little long for him," said Carrizales. "In the trials, I let him relax and tried to save him for the final. Today, I didn't save anything; I just let him go, and they had to catch me."
Josue Ponce is a young trainer with good results this meet at Sam Houston Race Park. He is pleased to have the son of Jumpn Chic in his barn.
"I didn't get to know him until after the trials at Hialeah," said the 21-year-old Ponce. "We knew he was a really good horse. Santos rode him well in the trials and had confidence. I just hoped for a good break, and he came running."
Michael Amburn's Freakin Runaway ran a big race in the trials under rider Luis Ramirez, recording the fastest qualifying time. The son of Ocean Runaway has never missed a check in his seven career starts, completing his two-year-old campaign with a third place finish in the $151,500 John Deere Juvenile Challenge Championship (G2) at Prairie Meadows last October. He ran a game second today for trainer Mike Robbins.
Longshot My Favorite High ran third with Adrian Ramos in the irons, followed by Whosa Kat. Essencia was an early scratch.
Sent off as the second betting favorite, Jumpn Streak paid $9.20 for the win, adding his second career win from 14 starts. With today's check of $25,378, the Texas-bred has now earned $51,368.
Jumpn Streak earned a berth into the $200,000 Adequan Derby Challenge Championship (G1) at Lone Star Park on November 7.
Zoomin Tac Powers to the Wire in the $35,247 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge on Friday Night
The ten fastest qualifiers from trials run on May 1 returned to Sam Houston Race Park on Friday evening for the final of the 35,247 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge.
It was the third-fastest qualifier, Zoomin Tac, who emerged victorious, closing from the far outside post under jockey Rodrigo Vallejo. Alex Villarreal trains the four-year-old son of Jess Zoomin for owner Roberto Resendez.
The winner covered 350 yards in :17.719 seconds, surging ahead of Corona Blast, who was ridden by Jerry Lee Yoakum. Fastest qualifier, Jess Too Tempting, ran third, with Pyc Runaway Wagon completing the superfecta.
Zoomn Tac ($8.80) earned $16,214 for the victory and is undefeated in his two career starts.