Lightly Raced Filly Was Much the Best in the $115,519 Dixie Stallion Stakes Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park

(August 26, 2006) - Eyes On the Form turned back her rivals in trials for the $115,519 Dixie Stallion Stakes Futurity on August 11 and returned to the winner’s circle tonight in the final. The 2-year-old filly is owned by Diamond G Quarter Horse Farm, LLC, a syndicate based in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Bred in Texas by Mickey Tiner, Eyes On The Form was ridden to victory tonight by Cipriano Vidana. The filly closed powerfully, catching La Jolla Maid at the wire, covering the distance of 350-yards in :18.130. The daughter of Mr Eye Opener was making the third start of her career for trainer David Guajardo and earned $46,208 for tonight’s stakes win.

“The filly came up real well and felt real good,” said Vidana, who his first Sam Houston Race Park stakes this evening.

“She ran pretty good, but I couldn’t have done it without my assistant trainer, Jaime Gonsalves; I think he should get all the credit.”

La Jolla Maid was the fourth fastest qualifier in trials and ran a sharp race tonight under Jose Vega. The sorrel filly, trained by Dave Correll, overcame a less than perfect break, found her stride and took the lead, but was caught at the wire by the winner.

“Jose said she could have broke a little bit sharper, but she ran a real good race. I thought we’d won it by a head,” commented Correll. “We’ll have to take a look at the photo when they hang it up.” Concerning future plans, Correll added, “We don’t really have any plans for her. She’s not staked to anything else. We’ll probably just take her to Lone Star and see what comes up for her there.”

Eyes On The Form paid $7.00 to win. The 9-6 exacta returned $39.40 and the trifecta with Volatility paid $193.00. The remainer of the field included Martha O Toole, Prospect of More, Riddick, Ms Streakin Special, Injun Special and Shakin Lil Oro, who was disqualified from seventh and placed ninth. Streakin Fast N Fun was an early scratch.

Guajardo indicated that Eyes On The Form would be pointed to the Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park.

News and Notes

Trials were run earlier in the evening for the $122,000 Sam Houston Derby. The first trial produced the fastest qualifier as La Bron crossed the wire of the 440-yard trial in :21.949, the fastest time of 34 runners.

La Bron, a Texas-bred son of Streakin La Jolla, is trained by Tony Delgado for owner Salvador A. Lozano. Martin Rubalcava, who had ridden the colt on three occaisions at Retama Park, had the mount.

“I rode this colt when he broke his maiden at Manor, and he won by over four lengths,” said Rubalcava. “He got bumped in the derby trials, or he would have made the finals there. Then I lost track of him, so I was glad to see him here. He ran a big race tonight, and I think he’ll have a good final even though he doesn’t have as many starts (as most of the other horses).”

The finals of the Sam Houston Derby will be run on Saturday, September 9.

Sam Houston Race Park

$122,000 Sam Houston Derby Trials


Horse Jockey Trainer Qualifying Time
La Bron Martin Rubalcava Tony Delgado :21.949
Fly Corona Cat Gilbert Ortiz Mike Howell :22.078
Shazoomer Alfonso Lujan Janet Van Bebber :22.082
Ida Snow Man Juan Vazquez Michael Zingelmann :22.121
First Down Pay Juan Molina Jr. Adan Tapia :22.155
Shining Strawfly Danny Lavergne Bobby Martinez :22.180
Stealin Dreams Adalberto Candanosa Jose Estrada :22.208
Engine Number One Gilbert Ortiz Heath Taylor :22.232
Mr Perry To You Alex Baldillez Jr. John Buchanan :22.241
Separate Royal Ways Gilbert Ortiz Bobby Martinez :22.302

*Track Record for 440 Yards: Invisible Injun :21.35- October 8, 1994


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