|Jess a Lil Bit More Wins the $62,760 TQHA Sires' Derby at Sam Houston Race Park
(Saturday, August 11, 2007) - Only seven of the ten fastest
qualifiers took part in the exciting final of the $62,760 TQHA Sires’
Cup Derby tonight at Sam Houston Race Park. The field was reduced
due to the late scratches of Diamond Tres Seis, La Jolla Maid and
The only filly in the field, Jess a Lil Bit More, broke alertly
and fired a big race to upset her six male rivals. The, a 3-year-old
daughter of Mr Jess Perry is owned by Stephen N. Williams of Weimar,
Texas and trained by Heath Taylor. Rider J. R. Ramirez guided the
sorrel filly up the middle of the racetrack and won by 1 ¾
lengths, covering the distance of 400-yards in :19.985. Sent off
at 5-1, the Arkansas-bred filly earned $25,104 for tonight’s
victory and rewarded her backers with a win payout of $12.20. Taylor
was in Ruidoso, New Mexico overseeing final training for eight 2-year-olds
entered in trials for the All American Futurity this Thursday. His
assistant, Greg Lofland, saddled Jess a Lil Bit More.
“We’ve had her about a month; she had some problems
and her legs had swelled up,” said Lofland. “Our groom,
Milo and I worked on her and we knew that if we could get her qualified,
she would be really tough. She was the ninth fastest qualifier and
really fired tonight.”
Bottle of Shine closed gamely for second under rider Jeff Jerman.
Owned by Sylvia Shaw Pittman, Bottle of Shine was one of three finalists
trained by John Buchanan.
"I thought I was going to catch up with (Jess A Lil Bit More);
I really did,” said Jerman. “We were catching here,
but she just out-broke us and got a jump on us leaving the gate.
We didn't get out fast enough. I think we would have got her in
just a few more yards. This was the first time they ran him in the
rig and I think it really helped him out a lot. He'd been breaking
kind of slow, but it really helped him tonight."
Buchanan’s other two entrants, City Class and Riddick, finished
sixth and seventh, respectively and Riddick, who was sent off as
the post time favorite, bolted shortly after leaving the gate.
“He got dirt right in his face and lost it,” explained
rider Alfonso Lujan.
Live racing continues on Sunday, August 12 at 1:30 p.m. The 2007
American Quarter Horse Meeting runs each Friday, Saturday and Sunday
through September 8.