Kearl Trio Tough in Houston

A contentious field heads out in the Sam Houston Classic.

May 3, 2012

Trainer Judd Kearl sends out three horses, including Mexican invader Nowurtalkin, against a contentious field over 440 yards on Saturday night in the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G3) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Also competing from the barn of Sam Houston’s leading trainer Kearl are JA Jess Perfect and Executive Prince.

Jose Luis Salazar’s Nowurtalkin (Heza Fast Dash-Illusive Star (TB) by Boone’s Mill) makes his United States debut at the graded stakes level after starting nine times in Mexico City, with seven wins and two second-place efforts. He has been favored in his latest seven starts and won a pair of stakes races. In his final Mexico start, he won his division of the $24,808 Clasico Inaugural by a half length in :17.270 for 350 yards as the even-money choice.

Joe Allen’s homebred JA Jess Perfect (Mr Jess Perry-JA Curiosity by Dash For Cash) won a pair of allowance races before finishing third behind the quick Eyesa Western in the 350-yard Swift Stakes two starts ago.

Bennie and Terri Jeter’s Executive Prince (Executive Menace-Sticky N Picky by Sticks An Stones) makes his 2012 debut with a classy resume. The gelding raced in the Dash For Cash Juvenile (R) at 2 and closed out his 2011 season by racing in the Texas Classic Derby (G1).

Denis and Julie Schoenhofer’s First Klas Fred (Fredricksburg-She Flies First Klas by Strawfly Special) was honored as the 2009 champion 2-year-old gelding after winning the Ruidoso Futurity (G1) and the Hobbs America Futurity (G2). He was third in the Rainbow Derby (G1) as a sophomore and last year, as a member of the Heath Taylor stable, won the Classic Chevrolet Handicap (G3) at Lone Star Park.

The Jorge Haddad-owned,  -bred and -trained Giorgino (Apollo (TB)-Las Alamitos by First Down Dash) has the past class and comes off a second-place finish in the Bank of America Sam Houston Championship Challenge (G1). He was a top-shelf juvenile in 2010 when he won the Sunland Winter Futurity (G2), TQHA Sires Cup Futurity (RG2) and the John Deere Delta Downs Juvenile Challenge (G3).

Malinche Cattle Co.’s Charal Kid (Streakin La Jolla-The Special Feature by Strawfly Special) is in sharp form for trainer for Eusevio Huitron, with a second in the Swift Stakes followed by a win in the Streakin La Jolla Stakes in his latest two starts. He stood out in the Streakin La Jolla with a three-quarter-length score as the 7-5 choice.