|Favorites are Upstaged in the $134,748
TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity and $52,280 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby at SHRP
(Saturday, July 3, 2004) - Sam Houston Race Park leading
rider J. R. Ramirez had a tough decision to make after he qualified
seven 2-year-olds for the $134,748 TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity (RG2).
He had narrowed his choice to two fillies, Maid It Special or Shake
Em Fever and told trainer Dave Correll that he would ride Maid It
Well, it was the "other" filly that won, but Ramirez had
a smile on his face following the race. His brother, Saul, rode
Shake Em Fever and Ramirez is a regular rider for the winning owners,
Betty and Bob Moore and their son Bobby, who trained the winning
Shake Em Fever was the third fastest qualifier in trials run on
June 20. Tonight, she broke alertly and gained momentum with each
stride, crossing the wire of the 350-yard stakes in :17.883. She
defeated fastest qualifier, Azoom, by a nose and picked up a $47,167
paycheck for the Moore family from Temple, Texas.
"This is so exciting for us because she is our first futurity
winner and first homebred that has done well,"said Betty Moore.
"Bobby is a fabulous trainer; I'm going to give him credit.
He's done really well with the older horses and now he's got his
chance with the babies."
Rider Saul Ramirez, Jr. had probably gotten some good advice from
younger brother, J. R., who had ridden the daughter of Royal Shake
Em in her last two races.
"She was a little nervous in the gates and tried to flip,
but when they said go, she was gone," said Ramirez. "I
just kept riding because I knew that six horse was coming."
It was a welcome victory for trainer Bobby Moore, Jr., who is
a very "hands on" trainer and believed that his filly
had a lot of talent.
"I'd like to say how special the Ramirez family is to me,"
said Moore. "Saul rode the first winner I ever saddled and
tonight he rode the first futurity winner for us. J.R., his little
brother, are both incredible riders and I'm very blessed to have
them riding for me. As far as the filly goes, we trained her Mama
(Victory Fever) and she could really run.
Everybody who sees her says she looks just like 'Vic'; two peas
in a pod."
Moore indicated that Shake Em Fever is paid into both the Dixie
Stallion Stakes Futurity and Sam Houston Futurity, but is leaning
toward the Sam Houston Futurity.
"After seeing her tonight, I think I'll be greedy and go
for the bigger money."
Trainer Frank Cavazos saddled both the second and third place
finishers in the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity, Azoom and Asking Ashton.
"Azoom didn't act real good in the gates," commented
Cavazos. "I think if he would've stood better in the gates,
he would have won. He was a little anxious. I guess it just knocked
this win out of him a little bit. He was catching him there at the
end, but it just wasn't enough distance. He needed more yards. We'll
run him in trials for the TQHA Sale Futurity (July 31) and probably
the Sam Houston Futurity after that."
Cavazos was pleased with the third place finish of Asking Ashton,
who was the seventh fastest qualifier in trials."I think he
ran a real good race," said Cavazos. "I wish either of
them would have won it. But that's the way it goes. You can't win
all the time."
Maid it Special, who captured the $98,550 Ford Texas Juvenile
Challenge on May 31, ran fourth.
"She got away a little late and that is hard to overcome
in group like that," commented her trainer, Dave Correll. "She's
in the Sam Houston Futurity and she gets a little rest now before
we start getting her ready for that."
Shake Em Fever, sent off as the third betting choice, returned
$15.00 for the win. Tootin O Toole, Winning Charisma, American Chickie,
Gol TJKA, Miss Open Spirit and A Scandal completed the order of
Splendid Sam Perry Captures the $52,280 TQHA Sires' Cup
Splendid Sam Perry ($16.00), the second fastest qualifier in trials
for the $52,280 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby, was a game winner in tonight's
final. The sorrel gelding is owned by the S A Ranch of Edcouch,
Texas and trained by Janie Hernandez. Rider Rodrigo Vallejo was
aboard for his victory in trials on June 20 and guided his mount
across the wire of the 400-yard stakes in a time of :20.079.
"He ran an exceptional race,"said Hernandez. "I
was kind of worried about his back hock, but he pulled up well from
his trial and ran very good for us tonight."
Sixy Thru Traffic ran second with J. R. Ramirez in the irons.
"My horse ran a good race," said Ramirez. "She
had the fourth fastest time in the trials. She left real good and
she slipped a little bit the second jump. I ran right up to her
(winner, Splendid Sam Perry), but I just couldn't catch her."
Ima Perry Girl ran third. Fastest qualifier, I Make Em Shake ran
fourth, followed by Open For Sure, Illegalize, Geeze, Cowboy Duncan,
A Runaway Creek and Naturally Cute.
Imagine If Wins the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity Consolation
Imagine If, owned by Joe Kirk Fulton and trained by William Jolley
Howard, won the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity Consolation. The daughter
of Strawfly Special was flying late under Jose Alvarez and covered
the 350-yards in a
time of :18.060.