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Pink Cartel, Massima in Silestone

Fillies meet in Silestone at Sam Houston on Saturday.

March 22, 2012

Dash For Cash Juvenile (R) winner Pink Cartel and Sam Houston Juvenile winner Massima meet in a contentious field of Texas-bred sophomore fillies racing 330 yards in the $15,000 Silestone Stakes on Saturday night during opening weekend of the Sam Houston Race Park season.

Bullard Farms’ homebred Pink Cartel (Jet Cartel-Shades Of Pink (TB) by Fight Over) makes her second start off a three-month layoff and should be ready at this level after finishing second in her Oklahoma Derby trial on March 4 at Remington Park. In that 350-yard trial, she made a late run to grab second but never challenged the winner Tel A Story.

Last year, Pink Cartel won two of five starts for trainer John Buchanan. She won her maiden in her first start at Retama Park and then surprised at 18-1 odds in the Dash For Cash Juvenile.

The Jorge Haddad-owned, -bred and -trained Massima (Tres Seis-Kitty First by First Down Dash) makes her first appearance since finishing ninth as the 5-2 favorite in her Sunland Winter Futurity trial on December 9. The lightly raced filly started her career in sharp fashion when she won her career debut in her Sam Houston Futurity trial and then took the Sam Houston Juvenile by three-quarters of a length at nearly 7-1 odds.

Shirley Flores’ BZ Amazin Grace (Tinys First Corona-Easy Dash Miss by Dash For Destiny) is on the comeback trail after showing promise from only three career starts, all last summer. She won her maiden in her debut and then won her trial to a maiden stakes at the Gillespie Co. Fair. In her third start, she was a close third as the 5-1 favorite in the maiden stakes.