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Trio of Texas Stakes at Retama

Retama Park hosts Texas-bred stakes.

Q-Racing Journal
June 28, 2013

King Camden Running Horses’ fastest-qualifier TX Toast tries to prove his trial win at 11-1 odds was genuine in the $103,234 TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity (RG2) and Leonard Lyne’s homebred Ottyes Valentine Gal is in a similar position when she starts in the $50,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby (RG3) on Saturday at Retama Park.

Rounding out the tripleheader of stakes for foals of participating stallions is Lethal Volt starting in the $15,000 Sires’ Cup Stakes.

TX Toast (Toast To Dash-Tiny First Effort by First Down Dash) surprised in the third of six trials when he got up to win by a head over second-fastest qualifier Orions Award (Winners Award-Orions Dream by Ronas Ryon), who went off at 5-1 odds. TX Toast covered the 350 yards in :17.775 while Orions Award was credited with a :17.804 time.

The Judd Kearl-trained TX Toast was overlooked in his trial after finishing sixth in a maiden race while making his career debut.

J.E. Perrett’s Orions Award has stakes credentials with a sixth-place run in the John Deere Sam Houston Juvenile Challenge two starts ago. The Brian Stroud-trained colt then battled to within a head of TX Toast in their trial.

In the Sires’ Cup Derby, Ottyes Valentine Gal (Mr Ottyes-Lovely Legs by Strawflyin Buds) stepped up with her first win from four tries this year in her derby trial. The filly was sixth in a pair of allowance races at Sam Houston Race Park before taking her derby trial by three quarters of a length in :20.002 for the 400 yards.

Jerry Windham’s homebred Racey Winner (Shazoom-The Jubilee Diamond by Runaway Winner) won her maiden in her maiden in her trial with a three-quarter length win with a :20.008 mark. She had been winless in her seven previous starts with four runner-up efforts.

In the Sires’ Cup Stakes, Don Adams, P.K. Thomas and Gene White’s Lethal Volt (Volcom-Miss Lethal by Chicks Beduino) comes off a pair of seconds from two starts this year for trainer Trey Wood. He was second in the Sam Houston Classic (G2) and then second by a head in a Remington Park allowance race.

At 2, Lethal Volt was a close second in the Southwest Juvenile Championship (G1) and qualified for the All American Futurity (G1). Last September, he was third in the Dash For Cash Derby (G2).