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Retama Futurity, Derby Doubleheader

Retama hosts TQHA Sale Futurity, Retama Derby

July 27, 2012

Jetblack Gold Moment goes for her third-straight win in the $425,000 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and fastest-qualifier Wagon Empire leads the $75,000-added Retama Park Derby (G3) during a stakes doubleheader on Saturday night at Retama Park.

The TQHA Sale Futurity is for juveniles who were offered in last year’s TQHA Yearling Sale.

Mercy Hinklin’s Horse Farms’ homebred Jetblack Gold Moment (Jet Black Patriot-Royally Streak by Royal Quick Dash) showed promise early in her career when she was a close second in the Harrah’s Entertainment Futurity (G3). She has won her two most-recent starts, including her TQHA Sale Futurity trial by 2 lengths, with the fastest-qualifying time of :17.454 for 350 yards. The filly is trained by Kenneth Roberts.

Rafael Rodriguez Pantoja’s Mystical Cartel RR (Carters Cartel-Mystical Rainbow by Chicks Beduino) looks for her third-straight win when she makes her stakes debut in the TQHA Sale Futurity. She won a lower-level allowance race two starts ago and then sped to a three-quarter-length win in her TQHA Sale Futurity trial, with the second-fastest time of :17.472.

In the 400-yard Retama Park Derby, JJ Racing’s Wagon Empire scored a mild upset in the trial when he defeated favored Texasindependencegal by a head and they set the top-two times from the three trials.

Wagon Empire (PYC Paint Your Wagon-Royalnative Empress by First Down Dash) was timed in :19.550 while Leonard Lyne’s homebred Texasindependencegal (Mr Ottyes-Lovely Legs by Strawflyin Buds) was credited with a :19.573 time.

The Steven Kearl-trained Wagon Empire raced to three-straight third-place finishes before stepping up in his Retama Derby trial to get the narrow win in :19.550.

Texasindependencegal earned her 13-10 favoritism in their trial after closing out her juvenile season with a close third-place finish in the Dash For Cash Futurity (G1) and then finishing second by a nose in the Heritage Place Derby (G2) in her start before the Retama Derby trials.