|Trainer Janet Van Bebber Qualifies both Streakin Illusively and Snowy Alibi for the $316,000 Sam Houston Futurity
(August 25, 2006) - Nine trials were run this evening at
Sam Houston Race Park in preparation for one of the premier races
of the 2006 Quarter Horse Meeting, the $316,000 Sam Houston Futurity
With a powerful closing kick, Streakin Illusively, topped the
qualifiers with a time of :20.268 for the distance of 400-yards.
It was a repeat of the owner/trainer connections as Streakin Ilusively,
owned by Lou Phillips of Houston and trained by Janet Van Bebber,
was the fastest qualifier in trials for the TQHA Sale Futurity last
month at the northwest Houston racetrack. Alfonso Lujan rode the
son of Streakin La Jolla to victory in the eighth trial of the evening.
“The colt has a lot of class,” commented Van Bebber.
“He stumbled out of the gate, but recovered well. He is an
outstanding horse and proved it to us when he had to circle around
horses and finished third in his last futurity. We’re glad
to be in the position we’re in.”
“He stood good in the gate,” added Lujan. “We
were a little concerned, because last time he hit his head (in the
starting gate) and broke a tooth. But this time he stood perfectly.
He had a good race and came out of it real good, so we’re
really pleased with his performance.”
Van Bebber qualified two colts for the Sam Houston Futurity: Streakin
Illusively and Snowy Alibi, who won his trial in :20.384, the sixth
fastest time of the evening. Lujan, who rode both, will have a tough
decision to make as he rode Snowy Alibi to victory in the final
of the TQHA Sale Futurity on July 29.
“It’ll be a hard choice for me,” said the young
rider. “I will just see which one comes out the trials the
best and go from there.”
Zoomin for Bux, winner of the Retama Park Futurity, was the second
fastest qualifier, winning the final trial in :20.288 under rider
Martin Rubalcava. The chestnut son of Shazoom overcame a poor start,
but powered up the track for the victory.
“This was his first time running under the lights,”
said Rubalcava. “He won the Retama Park Derby in the daylight
and really spooked coming out of the gate. He closed well and I
think he will handle the lights without a problem in the final.”
The ten fastest qualifiers will return to Sam Houston Race Park
on Friday, September 8 to compete in the finals of the $316,000
Sam Houston Futurity (G1). The final weekend of the 2006 Quarter
Horse Meeting will also feature the running of the $122,000 Sam
Houston Derby on Saturday, September 9.
$316,000 Sam Houston Futurity (G1) Trials
Trials: Friday, August 25, 2006
Final: Friday, September 8, 2006
2-year-olds 400 yards
||Janet Van Bebber
|Zoomin For Bux
|First Tea Rose
||Janet Van Bebber
||Bobby Moore Jr.
|Jess a Little Smart
|Nc Zoom Zoom
|Perrys Little Sis
*Track Record for 400 Yards: Azoom :19.574- September 24, 2004