|TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity and Derby
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30, 2004) - The draws for the $134,748 TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity
and $52,280 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby were held today at Sam Houston
Race Park. The races will be part of an exciting July 4th weekend
at the northwest Houston racetrack with the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity
and Derby Finals to be run on Saturday, July 3 and the News24Houston
July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza, presented by Citgo and Miller Lite
on Sunday, July 4.
Azoom, was the fastest qualifier in trials for the TQHA Sires'
Cup Futurity run on Sunday, June 20. He covered 350-yards in :17.475
under rider Rodrigo Vallejo. The speedy colt was bred in Texas by
Jerry Windham was purchased at the 2003 TQHA Yearling Sale for $62,000
by Enrique Carrion of Veracruz, Mexico. He has been racing in Mexico,
breaking his maiden on March 12 and winning four of his five starts.
Azoom, who was installed as the morning line favorite at 9-5, will
break from the seventh post position and trainer Frank Cavazos looks
forward to a big effort from his colt.
"He drew the seven hole," said Cavazos. "I would
have liked to have the outside, but he ran his trial from the eight
hole, so it's not too different. I'm going to stand him in the gates
on Thursday and give him a light gallop; take a little big of the
edge off him."
Maid It Special, a 2-year-old filly trained by Dave Correll, was
the second fastest qualifier (:17.475) in trials. She captured the
$98,550 Ford Texas Juvenile Challenge on May 31 and is the current
meet leading horse at Sam Houston Race Park, having won each of
her three starts here. Maid It Special, the second choice at odds
of 3-1, will break next to Azoom from post position six.
"She's doing really well," said Correll. "J. R.
stood her in the gates this morning and she galloped around the
track. She learned by the finals of the (Ford Juvenile Challenge)
and acts like an old horse. She is so calm to saddle and is all
business when she gets to the gate. J R says she just stands there
looking down the track. We'll just keep doing the same thing with
her and just keep her healthy and happy."
Sam Houston Race Park leading rider, J. R. Ramirez qualified seven
of the ten finalists for the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity. He narrowed
his decision to one of the two fillies, Maid it Special or Shake
Em Fever, trained by Bobby Moore.
"I just went with Maid It Special because I liked the way
she was feeling today," commented Ramirez following the draw.
"She's just the kind of filly that's real honest and she puts
a lot of effort into things. Maid It Special is in a bigger race
later on in the year (the $150,000 Ford Juvenile Challenge on November
6). She doesn't need to run in trials then; she's just going to
be in the finals. I just have to take care of her."
The decision as to which horse to ride in a final is always tough
for a rider, but Ramirez has a solid track record in his choices
and weighs a number of factors in making his final selection. "To
win, you need a good trainer and a good horse," admits Ramirez.
"It's hard for a horse to run back in the finals. Some horses
that run good in the trials, they don't run as good in the finals.
It just takes the whole team's best effort to keep a baby the same
way, doing real good."
Trainer Duane Hartsell qualified three runners for the final,
Winning Charisma (:17.805), Gol TJKA (:17.899) and Tootin O Toole
(:17.983). Hartsell named veteran rider, Alvin "Bubba"
Brossette to ride Gol TJKA, winner of the Longhorn Futurity at Manor
Downs. Gol TJKA is currently ranked second in the AQHA 2-year-old
Gelding standings and Hartsell would love to see him stay unbeaten.
Tootin O Toole may have been the tenth fastest qualifier, but Hartsell
believes the filly, who will be ridden on Saturday by Roy Baldillez,
has a ton of talent.
"She wants to beat you every time she steps onto the racetrack,"
I Make Em Shake, owned and bred by Betty Jo Spence was the fastest
qualifier in trials for the $52,280 TQHA Sires' Cup Derby (RG3).
The gray son of Royal Shake Em will be heavily favored in the final.
Trained by Philip Calais. I Make Em Shake will be ridden by Alvin
Brossette and will break from the six hole. He was the winner of
the 2003 TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity and would be just the second horse
in Sam Houston Race Park's track history to win both the Futurity
and Derby. No Tools Required was the only previous American Quarter
Horse at Sam Houston Race Park to accomplish that feat, winning
the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity in 2001 and the Derby in 2002. In addition
to his stakes win in the 2003 TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity, I Make Em
Shake won the Grade 1 Dash for Cash Futurity last October at Lone
He has bankrolled $252,326 to date in his impressive career.
Splendid Sam Perry, the second fastest qualifier, will break from
post position two under Rodrigo Vallejo. Trained by Janie Hernandez,
the son of Mr Jess Perry has won both of his career starts at Sam
Houston Race Park. Trainer John Buchanan will saddle Ima Perry Girl,
who ran second in both the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity last September
and the Dash for Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park.
Post time for Saturday night's card is 7:00 p.m. The TQHA Sires'
Cup Derby will run as the sixth race (9:10 p.m.) and the TQHA Sires'
Cup Futurity will be the eighth race of the evening (10:02 p.m.).