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Sale Futurity, Retama Derby Headline Retama Card

Retama hosts stakes on Saturday night.

Q-Racing Journal
July 25, 2013

J.B. and Sherrie Morace’s Cartel Arrangement makes her stakes debut in the TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) and Douglas Traylor’s Bubba Carver goes for his third-straight win in the Retama Park Derby (G3) to head a stakes program at Retama Park on Saturday night.

Cartel Arrangement (Carters Cartel-Hawks Dancing Straw by Hawkinson) moves up to the futurity ranks after setting the fastest-qualifying time to the TQHA Sale Futurity, a race for horses who passed through the TQHA Sale. She won the fourth of 11 trials by three quarters of a length. Hr time of :17.847 led the qualifiers.

The Angel Sanchez-trained filly showed she was ready for her breakout trial effort after finishing second in her career debut and then stepping up with a 1 1/4-length maiden win at Sam Houston Race Park.

Ashley O. Vera and Alberto O. Vera Jr.’s Won To Watch (Tres Seis-Miss Eye In The Sky by Mr Eye Opener) should be dangerous in the Sale Futurity with her stakes experience and four-race winning streak. She won the Heritage Place Juvenile two starts ago and then won her TQHA Sale Futurity trial by three quarters of a length, with the second-fastest time of :17.874 as the 2-5 favorite.

Bubba Carver (Wave Carver-Rustys Lil Lady by Fredricksburg) comes into the Retama Park Derby on a roll, with consecutive wins and three victories in his latest four starts. He started his hot streak with a win in the El Nino Stakes at Hialeah Park and – after a troubled fourth-place run as the favorite in the Biscayne Bay Stakes – he won the Ben E. Keith Stakes by a nose.

The Judd Kearl-trained gelding dominated his trial by 1 3/4 lengths. His time of :19.568 for 400 yards led the qualifiers from five trials.

Javier Ramirez’s Dash For Coronas (Coronas Leaving You-Azure Dash by First Down Dash) may be returning to his early career form after winning the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) by 1 1/2 lengths and placing fourth in the Heritage Place Futurity (G1) as the 6-5 choice.

The Carlos Gonzalez-trained gelding raced to his first win since his Heritage Place Futurity trial when he won his Retama Park Derby trial by 1 3/4 lengths, with the second-fastest time of :19.614.