News - Racing October  23, 2017

Desirio Colt Sets Top Time in Grade 3 Harrah's Futurity Trials


Captain Jimbob, under jockey Rene Gutierrez, setting the fastest to qualifying time for the $233,578 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity(G3) at Louisiana Downs.

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BOSSIER CITY, LA—MARCH 4, 2017—Captain Jimbob, a 2-year-old colt by champion sire Desirio, drew clear in the last of eight trials on Saturday to win by 1¼ lengths and post the top qualifying time for the Grade 3 $233,578 Harrah's Entertainment Futurity at Louisiana Downs.

The 10 fastest, from 71 juveniles making their career debut in eight trials on Saturday, will return to the Northwest Louisiana racetrack on Wednesday, March 22nd to vie for the $105,110 winner's purse in the 300-yard final.

Ridden by jockey Rene Gutierrez, Captain Jimbob completed the 300-yard task in :15.676 seconds, an 87-speed index into a 13-mph crosswind. He defeated fellow qualifier Aguila, a One Famous Eagle colt who had recorded the second fastest Harrah's Futurity schooling race time on February 10th.

Together To The End, under jockey Eddie Sanchez, sets the second fastest qualifying time in the 5th trial.
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Trainer Wendy Garcia saddled the colt to his first career win for owner Felix Martinez. Robert and Stacey Martin bred the sorrel colt in Texas from the Corona Cartel mare War Silks, a half-sister to Sunland Park Winter Futurity(G2) winner Templar Knight. The second dam is All American Futurity(G1) runner-up Dash Of Perry by Mr Jess Perry.

The aptly named Together To The End, a $3,500 Heritage Place Yearling Sale repurchase for owner/breeder Alejandro Moya, posted the second fastest time of :15.741 seconds with an impressive 1 ¾ length victory in Race 5. The daughter of champion Inseperable ran green under jockey Eddie Sanchez, however she was much the best over her eight rivals.

Jose Sanchez conditions the sorrel filly out of Gabbey Holland by Holland Ease. This is the family of All American Futurity(G1) winner Falling In Love Again.

Ancient Of Days, under jockey Donald Watson, was the first of four finalists for trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr.
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Another Heritage Place Yearling Sale repurchase, Ancient Of Days, was the first of four-finalist saddled by leading trainer Kenneth Roberts, Sr. Ridden by jockey Donald Watson the daughter of first crop sire FDD Going Grand won by 1 ¾ – lengths while clocking the third fastest time of :15.756 seconds.

A homebred for Mercy Hinklin, Ancient of Days is out of the RG1-placed Royal Quick Dash mare Royally Streak, the dam of Grade 3 winner Jetblack Gold Moment. Hinklin also owns her sire FDD Going Grand.

Roberts also qualified 7th fastest Louisiana Silk, 8th fastest Aguila and 10th fastest Emnent. The latter two are both home-breds for AQHA Champion Breeder Bobby D. Cox.

Other first crop sires having a big day were Krash Cartel who sired trial winner and 4th fastest qualifier Krashing Runaway and champion Hez Our Secret, the sire of trial winner and 9th fastest qualifier Hez Our Boy.

For the complete list of Harrah's Futurity qualifiers, times, sires, dams, owners, breeders, trainers and jockeys CLICK HERE.


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