The 10 fastest qualifiers, from eight trial races contested tonight, will return to Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, April 29th and vie for the $79,080 winner's purse going 350 yards.
Trainer Leon Bard saddled 6th fastest qualifier Sochi Special, by IVORY JAMES, for owner/breeder Pamela Stone.
It was the Texas-bred, from the Royal Shake Em mare RC Shake Em Blue, finished second in the 6th trial. Ridden by jockey Francisco Calderon, Sochi Special completed the 350 yards in :17.592 seconds, a 94-speed index.
Second in last year's Sam Houston Juvenile, the gray filly has compiled a (6) 2-3-0 record and earned $20,850.
IVORY JAMES second qualifier Thriving Ivory, also finished second din her trial, completing the 350 yards in :17.652 seconds to garner the final qualifying spot. Angel Sanchez conditions the RG2-placed filly for owner Angel Hernandez.
Bred in Texas by Bobby D. Cox, from the First Down Dash mare Shes Dashin First, Thriving Ivory has compiled a (7) 2-2-1 record and banked over $110,000.
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