If the Trials for the upcoming Picov Derby were any indication, Quarter Horse racing fans are in for a treat when the final is held at Ajax Downs on Monday, Sept. 23.
U.S. invader HOSPITALITI zoomed to a half-length victory in the first 400-yard trial, posting the fastest time of 19.82 of all 10 qualifiers for the final.
Owned by Glen Graff and in the care of Ajax Downs trainer Greg Watson, Hospitaliti, a 3-year-old filly, flew past rivals from just off the pace to edge favoured Spy the for the Senate Shanley Jackson rode the winner who came in from Indiana and now has three wins 10 career starts.
In the second trial, JESS A DEAL, owned by Nestleton, Ontario's Marie Broadstock and Picov Cattle Company of Ajax, upset stakes winner Shes Sizzling, owned by Erik and Joyce Lehtinen.
Jess a Deal, who was winless in seven previous races at Ajax Downs this year, rallied from the outside to win the second trial in :20.14 for a 93 speed index. Ismael Mosqueira rode the 3-year-old filly for trainer Bob Broadstock who purchased the Texas-bred in Oklahoma for $11,000.
The 10 qualifiers for the Picov Derby final are listed below.
Next Monday, September 16, are the trials for the prestigious Alex Picov Memorial for 2-year-olds.
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FINAL 10 QUALIFIERS FOR PICOV DERBY SEPTEMBER 23, 2019
Horse Sex Sire-Dam, Dam Sire Time Owner Breeder Trainer Jockey
f. Mr Jess Perry - Shenoshercorona by Corona Cartel :19.820 Glenn L. Graff Bobby D Cox (TX) Greg Watson Shanley Jackson
Spy For The Senate
c. Louisiana Senator - Corona Spy by Corona Cartel :19.940 Milena Kwiecien Mary L Hainline (OK) Jason Pascoe Oscar Andrade, Jr
Jess A Deal
f. Dealagame - Jess Marcy by Mr Jess Perry :20.140 Marie Broadstock and Picov Cattle Co. Pete A Scarmardo (TX) Bob Broadstock Ismael Mosqueira
Jess A Sweet Surprize
f. Sweet First Down - ess Curl My Prize by Spit Curl Jess :20.200 Craig Spada Pattie Marshall/ Erin Goings (IA) Owner Casssandra Jeschke
f. Sizzlin Cartel - Shenandoah Special by Eyesa Special :20.220 Lehtinen, Joyce and Erik Joyce And/Or Erik Lehtinen (ONT) Erik Lehtinen Ramiro Castillo
t f. Louisiana Senator - Miranda Fame by Dash Ta Fame :20.380 Milena Kwiecien Paris Wixon (AL) Jason Pascoe Oscar Andrade, Jr
Five Bar Fandango
f. Five Bar Cartel - Had To Be Fandango by Hadtobenuts :20.400 Robertson, Carol and Jaime Carol and Jaime Robertson (ONT) Bryn Robertson Tony Phillips
Rey Of The Night
g. Pyc Paint Your Wagon - Unveil by First Down Dash :20.400 Rick Crispi Tyler Graham & Sammy Valeriano (TX) Tom D Dunlap German Rodriguez
g. Teller Cartel - Faded Luv by First Down Dash :20.580 James Bogar Twin Spires Farm (TX) Barry Wood Brian Bell
g. Chicks Regard - Aaneta by Brimmerton :20.670 Ruth F. Barbour Casey Albert Lipp (TX) Owner Regan Knowles
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