ROCK SPRINGS, WY—SEPTEMBER 7, 2019—The third fastest qualifier to the $25,000 WHR Open Futurity, Pitchforks Panther returned to win the final by daylight in the last of four Quarter Horse stakes at Sweetwater on Saturday afternoon.
Pitchforks Panther ($11.40) finished third in his trial behind the two fastest qualifiers Liquid Courage B and Steppen Mr Perry on August 24. He returned to clear the field by a length and half with a time of 17.451 in the 350-yard stake and earned a 99 speed index.
Carlos Guillen Chacon has ridden the gelding in all but one of his six career starts and had the call again on Saturday. Roberto Treto trains for owner Victor Ortiz.
Pitchforks Panther is a Colorado-bred son of DOMINYUN out of the Panther Mountain mare Special Lady Panther, and was bred by The Painted Pitchfork. He has now won half of his six lifetime starts and has only finished out of the money once. His career earnings total $29,735, aided in part by a fourth-place finish in the $75,000 Cherry Creek Futurity at Arapahoe in July.
Cd Tres Ace and Jose Figueroa led the rest of the pack to defeat third-place finisher Wagonfullofdarlings by a nose.
Diana Garfias trains Cd Tres Ace for owners Daniel and Carol Lee. The 2-year-old colt was bred in Oregon by Donald and Peggy Boyle.
Cd Tres Ace is multiple stakes placed and broke his maiden in his start prior to the WHR Futurity trial, in which he finished fourth behind Pitchforks Panther.
Wagonfullofdarlings completed the trifecta by a nose over Winter Brook. Pedro Gonzales was aboard the gelding for trainer Roberto Treto and owner Rosa Urquidi. He was bred in Colorado by Ruben Chavez.
Completing the field were Winter Brook, Liquid Courage B, Vf Silverback, Myokeytimes, Findersrunnindynasty, Steppen Mr Perry and Je Suis Leprix.