|Dirt Track Date Survives Photo Finish in the $372,662 TQHA Sale Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park
(Saturday, July 28, 2007) - One year ago Ed Peters and Kevin
Norris spotted a filly in the TQHA Yearling Sale. They liked her
conformation and knew that her sire, Hotdoggin was blazing fast.
They bid $6,800 and tonight celebrated with fifty of their closest
friends as the filly, Dirt Track Date won the $372,662 TQHA Sale
The race, run in :17.765 was extremely close and the placing judges
took five minutes examining all the angles of the finish as Dirt
Track Date crossed the wire with Eyesa Jumpn to her inside and Red
White and Gol on her right. The winning connections and trainer
Lewis “Tooter” Jordan were overjoyed when the race became
official. Their payday for tonight’s futurity, with the richest
purse in the nine-year history of the race, was a hefty $165,834.
Dirt Track Date, bred by Julie Pilgrim, made her racing debut just
three months ago at Retama Park, winning at first asking on May
13. Gaspar Garcia has ridden her in each of her four starts and
tonight’s victory was the biggest in his career.
“She’s just a super fast filly,” said Garcia.
“I knew the first time I rode her how good she was.”
“She’s a game filly,” added Jordan, who won his
first TQHA Sale Futurity this evening. “She got out a little
in the trials and this is just her first out. She’s improving
all the time.”
Dirt Track Date, sent off at 5-1, paid $11.20 to win. Rider Rodrigo
Vallejo overcame a troubled start on Red White and Gol, but sent
the sorrel gelding flying on the outside of the racetrack. He was
placed second and Eyesa Jumpn was third. Big Biz, Witchs Streak,
Glimpse of Greatness, Panther Shootist, Ss Big Shot and King of
Shadows completed the order of finish.
The field was reduced to nine as top qualifier Oak Trees Pop Pop
suffered a slab fracture in her sizzling trial run, where she set
the fastest time of 17.587. She underwent surgery this week in Elgin
and has been retired as a racehorse.
“It was heartbreaking for me and the owners,” said
trainer Bobby Martinez. “She was so fast; we thought she was
capable of winning anywhere and were planning on the Texas Classic
Futurity (at Lone Star Park this October). It’s such a shame,
but it happens in horseracing.”
The filly, bred by Gary Kurz of San Antonio, will remain on Kurz’s
farm as a broodmare.
Jordan was undecided on the next start for Dirt Track Date.
“We’re not sure what we will do next,” commented
Jordan. “We’ll see how she comes out of this race and
go from there.”
TQHA Yearling Sale Concludes with Sales of $3.7 Million
The TQHA Yearling Sale, which is held each summer at Sam Houston
Race Park, concluded today. Officials from the Texas Quarter Horse
Association reported that the total sales from the 2-day event reached
The 2007 TQHA sale topper was hip 314, Phantom Pharwell, consigned
by Robert and Cynthia Zoch. Glen S. Collins of College Station,
bid $90,000 for the sorrel Jess Perry colt.
Diamond Tres Seis was Fastest Qualifier in the TQHA Sires’
Four trials were run this evening for the $25,000-added TQHA Sires’
Cup Derby. Diamond Tres Seis, trained by Heath Taylor and ridden
by Gilbert Ortiz was the fastest qualifier, crossing the wire of
his 400-yard trial in :19.852. Owned by Mercy and Ray Hinklin, the
sorrel colt won at Delta Downs on April 29 before winning his trial
here this evening. Diamond Tres Seis and the nine additional qualifiers
will return to Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, August 11 for