Daddys Moe heads Jaguar Rocket Futurity Trials
Daddys Moe and Jockey Jose Beltran turned in the quickest time in three trials to set up the $100,000 Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final slated for Saturday, June 16. A total of 27 horses vied for a spot among the top 10 to return for the final.
Daddys Moe was the dominant force of the second trial of the night. The Carters Cartel gelding rolled out of the gate with speed and never looked back, fending off a fast closing Rarely A Tres and Cesar Esqueda for the win by a margin of a neck in a time of :15.500. Yadi 1 and Aron Hunt also closed well to finish third.
Trained by Randy Smith, Daddys Moe earned his first career win in only his second start. He is owned by his breeder, Rose Bode.
Smith also saddled the winner of the first trial of the night for the Jaguar Rocket. Coronados Quiksilver and Beltran broke well and were in contention early on, but had to fight to regain the top spot late in the 300-yard dash, overtaking Hooked On Jordan and Luis Guerrero by one-half length in a time of :15.643 seconds. Dominyun Cartel and Shanley Jackson overcame a troubled trip along the inside to finish third.
Coronados Quiksilver is now two for two in her brief career. The Coronado Cartel filly is owned and bred by Gordon Timm of Michigan.
The final trial of the night brought an exciting finish as Get Used to Me and Cesar Esqueda rallied late in the race to win a very tight photo with Jesslikethat and Jose Rodriguez at the wire. The nose victory was credited to Get Used to Me in a time of :15.777 seconds. RK The Magician and Giovani Vazquez-Gomez rounded out the top three.
Get Used to Me is owned and trained by Anthony Cunningham, who is also the trainer of third place finisher RK The Magician. It was the Corona Cartel colt’s first win in only his second start.
The entire field for the Jaguar Rocket Futurity Final, with jockey and time, includes Daddys Moe (Jose Beltran, :15.500); Rarely A Tres (Cesar Esqueda, :15.557); Coronados Quiksilver (Jose Beltran, :15.643); Yadi 1 (Aron Hunt, :15.713); Hooked On Jordan (Luis Guerrero, :15.721); Get Used to Me (Cesar Esqueda, :15.777); Jesslikethat (Jose Rodriguez, :15.779); SS Coronado (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :15.850); One Smart Jess (Jose Rodriguez, :15.881); and RK The Magician (Giovani Vazquez-Gomez, :15.903). Trainer Tony Cunningham will saddle four horses in the final (Rarely A Tres, Get Used to It, SS Coronado, and RK The Magician) while Trainer Randy Smith saddles two (Daddys Moe and Coronados Quiksilver) and John McCreary has two in the final (Jesslikethat and One Smart Jess).
The next all Quarter Horse racing night is slated for Saturday, July 7. The evening will feature an appearance by Kevin Cox known as the Bronx Cowboy. Cox will provide additional handicapping advice during the night and will also pass out $2 race wagers and t-shirts courtesy of the Quarter Horse Racing Association of Indiana (QHRAI) while supplies last. Other all-Quarter Horse racing nights are Aug. 11, Sept. 15, Oct. 6 and Oct. 27.