Five official Quarter Horse stakes were run at Retama Park near San Antonio on Friday. Following is a recap of four of the stakes.
Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes
Silver City Lights, a 4-year-old son of the Unbridled's Song (TB) stallion Silver City (TB), earned his first stakes win in Friday''s 870-yard, $53,000 Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes.
Ridden by Luis Vivanco and sent to post at odds of 5-1, Silver City Lights defeated Jess A Hilbily Bone by a neck in :47.816. Cindi Keeton trained the gray gelding for owners Jack W. Powers and Jerry W. Stanfield.
Silver City Lights was stretching out in distance off of his sixth-place finish, four lengths behind winner Viva Le Don, in the 550-yard, $30,000 Tower of the Americas Stakes on the Fourth of July. The gelding was bred in Texas by BRS Stables Inc. Raced in Texas and New Mexico, Silver City Lights has won three of 15 starts, including two of four at the 870 distance, and the $31,800 winner's share of the purse increased his earnings to $55,807.
Stolis Pro, the 2-5 favorite, ran third and was followed by Native Abu, The Kings Horse, and Love Ta Zoom.
TQHA 550 Stakes (RG3)
Sent to post as the 2-5 favorite in a field of six middle-distance specialists, Rockin J Running Horses' Viva Le Don sprinted to a three-quarter length victory in Friday's $53,250 TQHA 550 Stakes (RG3) for Texas-breds.
Viva Le Don covered his 550-yard trip in :27.715 while returning a $2.80 win mutuel. Jose Vega rode the 4-year-old Rock Solid Jess gelding for trainer Tammy Kay Johnson.
Viva Le Don was bred by Jack Manning and Tammy Johnson. The gelding has won five of 19 starts, and his three stakes wins include a 1 1/4-length victory as the 13-10 favorite in the July 4, 550-yard Tower of the Americas Stakes at Retama Park. The $31,950 winner's share of the purse from Viva Le Don's second win in three outs at the 550 trip increased his bankroll to $300,937.
Viva Le Don's resume includes a second-place finish, a neck behind winner Apollitical Pence, in last year's 400-yard, $368,000 Heritage Place Derby (G2) at Remington Park, and a third-place run in last year's Grade 1, 440-yard Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park.
Jax Louisiana Game ran second and was followed by Coronas On The Coast, First Impulse, Strawberry Tattoo, and Shake Rattle N Soar.
TQHA 250 Stakes (R)
Luis Vivanco rode Bluemoonteller to a one-length win in Friday's $54,000 TQHA 250 Stakes (R) for Texas-breds.
Prepped by Cindi Keeton for owner Three Bar T Quarter Horses, Bluemoonteller covered 250 yards in :13.345. The 5-year-old son of Teller Cartel earned a 99 speed index and the $32,400 winner's share of the purse.
Bluemoonteller was bred by Billy Kothmann, and he was making his first official start since May 25, when he was placed fifth in the 350-yard, $40,000 John Andreini Memorial Stakes at Ruidoso Downs. The gelding has won nine of 21 outs, including three of four at the 250-yard distance, and he has banked $105,913.
Bluemoonteller's 4-year-old campaign included a neck victory in the 350-yard, $15,000 Golden Driller Stakes at Fair Meadows at Tulsa.
All About The Kiss, Cosmo Lela, This Guys A Volcom, Texaslittlebro, Woulda, DM La Jolla, and The Ram Cartel completed the order of finish.
Miss Retama Stakes (R)
SS Classyjess, the 9-5 favorite in a field of eight Texas-bred distaffers, responded with a three-quarter length victory in Friday's $54,250 MIss Retama Stakes (R).
Saddled by Jose Carrizales for owner Edgar Rosales, SS Classy Jess went 350 yards in :18.003. Juan Garcia rode the 4-year-old gray daughter of Rock Solid Jess.
SS Classyjess was bred by Ronnie Stewart and Double S Farm. The $32,550 winner's share of the purse from the mare's second career stakes score boosted her bankroll to $101,613.
Mystical Jess ran second and was followed by Zapata Chic, Lj Moonrise, Sensational Senator, DM First Talent, Mia Favoritta, and The Dealers On Fire.
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