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Point of Deception
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Quickid Corona
-photo by Sandra Beck/Coady Photography

JC My Diamond Man
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Easy Dashin Sixes
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Corys Doll
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Its A Black Oak
-photo by Jack Coady/Coady Photography

Turbulenz Wins the $408,729 TQHA Sale Futurity in a Commanding Finish at Sam Houston Race Park

(Saturday, July 25, 2009) - Sam Houston Race Park had a big weekend of events between live racing stakes worth more than $600,000 in purse money and the 11th Annual Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) Yearling Sale, presented by Spring Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge, on July 24 & 25, 2009. The annual sale spread across two days and featured more than 380 American Quarter Horses, with La Toscana, a bay filly out of seven-time stakes winner Feature Mr Jess and Las Alamitos, taking the top bid in the sale.

.The highlight of the weekend’s races came on Saturday, which featured a special post time of 7:00 p.m., with the $408,729 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1). Favored Turbulenz (3-1) broke well and surged at the end, taking a commanding lead and finishing the 350-yard race in a time of :17.790.

“It was a fantastic win tonight, and I am real proud of him and the team behind this win,” said owner Bobby D. Cox. “You just never know how it’s going to go each time out, and tonight there were nine great horses we were up against, but this team is really supportive and believed in him, and I just couldn’t be happier.”

The two-year-old gelding is trained by John S. Buchanan and was ridden by jockey Russel Hadley, both of whom are in The Park’s top five in their respective fields, along with Cox.

“This is a good horse all the way around. Tooter [Jordan] had him first and said he was good, and all we had to do was keep him healthy and here we are,” said Buchanan. “We are thinking about sending him to Ruidoso next to see how he likes the mountain air.”

Turbulenz ($5.60) was the fastest qualifier from the trials on July 10 and has notched three consecutive wins at The Park.

“The horse did what I hoped he would do in this race from the time we stepped onto the track,” commented jockey Hadley. “He’s been really healthy, and we tried some new things with him. He responded well through training sessions, and it all seemed to come together and work out tonight.”

The remainder of the 10-horse field featured Straight Stoli in second, followed by Demonstrative in third. La Jolla Street, Legendary Seis, Witch Trick, Aye Yi Yi, This Hawk Can Fly, Kite Flyer and Poison Sumac completed the order of finish.

In addition to the $408,729 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1), a total of six other stakes races filled the 10-race cards on Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25 at The Park.


$26,900 Jones Bloodstock Insurance Starter Stakes

The sixth race on Friday, the $26,900 Jones Bloodstock Insurance Starter Stakes, witnessed Point of Deception (6-1) claiming the win in the 350-yard race on the dirt track. The three-year-old gelding, running against eight other horses, was bumped coming out of starting gate five but surged down the stretch with a winning time of :17.783.

Point of Deception, who posted a speed index of 95, is owned by Alejandro C. Serrato, trained by Javier Noel Contreras, and was ridden by jockey Gaspar Garcia.

“This horse had a little trouble from the start, but really came on at the end,” commented Garcia.

Final placement was: Point of Deception ($13.80), Acuna Bound in second; Omar Cuervo in third; followed by Thebabeisback, Newarcos Bambina, Cash Ta Run, Ace Streak N Go, Boom Boom Shazoom and Third Double Six.

$50,000 Barnmaster Sprint Stakes (G3)

The seventh race of evening, the $50,000 Barnmaster Sprint Stakes, a 250-yard race for horses ages three and up, went off with a field of 10 horses vying for the win. Favored Quickid Corona (7-2) flew to the lead in midstretch, topping the speed index at 104 and finishing the race in a time of :13.179. The four-year-old gelding is owned by Randy Hill and Michael Pohl, trained by Stacy Charette-Hill, and was ridde by jockey Ricky Ramirez.

“I was nervous bringing him in from home [Oklahoma],” commented Charette-Hill. “I didn’t know how he’d take the long trip, but he did well. I think we’ll take him out to Albuquerque and run him there next.”

Final placement was: Quickid Corona (6.80), Intergalactica, Racing Streak, Calientes Wrangler, Ace Cinnan, This Flights for You, Wowzer Won, Pac N Zoom, Miss Kips Streakin and Ja Windchaser.

$50,000 Gulf Coast 4 Star Trailer “550” Stakes (G3)

The eighth race of the day was the $50,000 Gulf Coast 4 Star Trailer “550” Stakes for horses ages three and up going a distance of 550 yards. Favored JC My Diamond Man (7-2) crossed the wire first in a time of :27.157 with a speed index of 105. The four-year-old gelding is owned by Clem D. Nava III, trained by Brian Stroud, and was ridden by jockey Luis Ramirez.

“This was a very exciting race. He got away good with these early speed horses and was able to hang on,” commented Stroud. “A lot of credit goes to the team that helps me. I think we’ll point him towards the Governors’ Cup next.”

Final placement was: JC My Diamond Man ($4.80); Dashin Tres in second; followed by Poise N Pepper, Sheza Bright Wood, Big Bad N Brown, Heza Marquette Maker, All the Kings Horses, CC Toasting Warrior, Vail Mountain and Gray Invasion.

$55,000 Ancira Ford Classic Stakes (G3)

The $55,000 Ancira Ford Classic Stakes was the ninth race on Friday night and featured 10 horses running 400 yards. Easy Dashin Sixes (5-1), topping the speed index at 98, flew late and drove past the finish line with the easy win in a time :19.913. The four-year-old gelding is owned by Jesus Huitron, trained by Eusevio Huitron, and was ridden by jockey Santos Carrizales.

“He’s been doing really well for us,” commented Huitron. “Santos [Carrizales] knows how to ride him, and they make it look so easy. I’m thankful for the team we have behind this horse.”

Final placement was: Easy Dashin Sixes ($5.40); Executive Looks in second; followed by Streakin Illusively, Cougar Hendricks, Sought After, Sixes La Jolla, Reba Cleata, Snowy Alibi, Illegal Memories and Dashing O Toole.


$8,000 Gulf Coast Paint & Appaloosa Maturity

The $8,000 Gulf Coast Paint & Appaloosa Maturity was off at 9:36 p.m. as the seventh race of the day and featured six horses running 350 yards. Favored Corys Doll had a slow start, but drove strong at the finish winning in a time of :18.009. The three-year-old filly, topping the speed index at 89, is owned by Marvin Barnes and Cory Whittle, trained by Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath, and was ridden by jockey Rickey Ramirez.

Final placement was: Corys Doll; Savonas Beauty in second; followed by Treasured Form, Could Be A Paint, Jubious Illusion and Mini Melt.

$59,458 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby

The $59,458 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3) went off at 10:02 p.m. as the eighth race of the night and featured 10 horses running 400 yards with a dramatic photo finish. Its a Black Oak (8-1) and Charal Kid took it all the way to the wire, with Its a Black Oak winning by a nose in a time of :19.937. The three-year-old colt is owned by Daniel H. Castillo, trained by Hector Rodriguez, and was ridden by jockey Cipriano Uscanga Vidana.

“We were confident this time because during the trials he broke badly, but we corrected that, and as you can see, he did much better,” commented Rodriguez. “We knew he had it once we saw the replay. I think now we’re looking to take him up to Lone Star Park for the Dash for Cash.”

Final placement was: Its a Black Oak ($16.23); Charal Kid in second; followed by La Jolla Suspect, Hotdoggin Heaven, Ja Jess Royalty, Surviving Success, Red Oak Special, Fast Prize Dash, Big Bizooms and Bonarco.

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