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Sam Houston Race Park Will Host Eight Trials For The $191,900 Sam Houston Derby(G3) On Friday
Kas Tempting, the fastest qualifier to the 2017 Sam Houston Futurity(G2), will face Texas Classic Futurity(G1) winner Thecartelofmiracle in the opening trial for the Sam Houston Derby (G3) on Friday.

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Sam Houston Race Park Will Host Eight Trials For The $191,900 Sam Houston Derby(G3) On Friday

HOUSTON, TXóAPRIL 10, 2018óA busy weekend at Sam Houston Race Park kicks off on Friday night with trials for the $191,900 Sam Houston Derby (G3).

The Friday evening card will feature eight trials for the $191,900 Sam Houston Derby (G3). An array of talented juveniles and futurity champions will begin their 3-year-old campaign in the 350-yard trials.

The first trial, to be run as the third race of the card, feature two standouts: Kas Tempting, the fastest qualifier to the 2017 Sam Houston Futurity and Thecartelofmiracle, who won the richest race in Texas, the $874,000 Texas Classic Futurity at Lone Star Park.

Kas Tempting, a son of Tempting Dash owned by Garza Laurel Partnership, LLC, will be ridden by Eddie Sanchez. Thecartelofmiracle will reunite with Manny Gutierrez for Mauro Luciano Villarreal. The gelding by Tough and Good has already banked $419,359 in nine starts.

Nymeria, winner of the $1.1 million Heritage Place Futurity runs in the second trial under Gutierrez. The filly by Bigtime Favorite is owned by Alfredo Garza and will be making her Sam Houston debut.

The fourth trial will feature 2017 Sam Houston Futurity champion This Is An Eagle. The Texas-bred son of One Famous Eagle is owned by Mary Lynne Thompson and will be ridden by her regular pilot Francisco Calderon.

Trainer Saul Ramirez, Jr. leads all conditioners with nine entrants; Adrian Huitron will saddle seven and Leon Bard, Abelardo Flores, Rodolfo Sanchez and Jorge Lopez have four 3-year-olds entered.

The ten fastest qualifiers will return for the final on Saturday, April 28; the same night as the running of the $440,600 Sam Houston Futurity (G2).

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Sam Houston Race Park is Houstonís premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including our Suite Level presented by Draft Kings, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winnerís Circle Restaurant and the Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming group events, racing events, shows and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.