Sf Hot Pass Notches First Stakes Win in the $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes (RG2)
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Sf Hot Pass, under jockey Francisco Calderon captures the $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes during the Texas Summer Showdown Friday evening at Retama Park.

By Martha Claussen

SELMA, TX—JULY 27, 2018—Stormy Fisher’s Sf Hot Pass won the night’s richest race of the Friday night card, the $39,750 TQHA Classic Stakes. Breaking from the rail under leading Retama Park jockey Francisco Calderon, the 5-year-old son of IVORY JAMES captured his first career stakes in :19.612 seconds, earning a 105 speed index.

Trained by Leon Bard, Sf Hot Pass was making his first start since September 23 at Zia Park. He returned from the layoff in fine form, breaking strongly and never relinquishing his lead, winning by a margin of 1-¾ lengths. This was the 12th career start for the Texas-bred gelding, who made his debut in trials for the Rainbow Futurity at Ruidoso Downs.

Bred by P & J Racing LTD and D. Stroebel, Sf Hot Pass is out of the Mr Jess Perry mare Passem Up Perry. He has compiled a (12) 3-2-0 record and tonight's $23,650 winner's purse nearly doubled his earnings total to $43,130.

FDP Rock Solid, a 4-year-old with David Alvarez riding for trainer Ismael Solis Guevara, ran second. Rene Amaro owns the Texas-bred gelding bred by Sarah Huskey. The multiple graded winner has earned more than $228,061 and picked up $7,950 for second.

Bard also saddled third-place runner Dash Quick Perry, who was ridden by Nestor Duran. Owned-and-bred by Pete Scarmardo, Dash Quick Perry is a multiple stakes winner of nearly $180,000. He earned $4,372 for the effort.

Kraken Black completed the superfecta. Gianni Que, Alluringeyeopener, Tlc Dale, Telleryematthebar and Rc Me Loving You completed the field.