07/02/2017 1:21PM

Sixes Flash breaks through in Firecracker QH Futurity


Sixes Flash picked a prime time to win his maiden. He darted to a neck win over Emnent to win the $274,325 Firecracker Quarter Horse Futurity on Saturday night at Delta Downs in Vinton, La.

It was his first win in six career starts; he was the 10th-fastest qualifier for the finale when running third in his trial June 10.

The Firecracker was a 350-yard race for 2-year-olds and one of several Quarter Horse stakes in the region Saturday.

Sixes Flash ($29.40) was always prominent while covering the distance on a fast track in 17.62 seconds. Rolando Cabrera was aboard for Rancho Herradura and trainer Erasmo Hernandez.

Sixes Flash is a son of Streakin Sixes; he earned $137,162 Saturday.

Retama Park near San Antonio put on two significant races for Quarter Horses on Saturday night. In the $95,540 Sires’ Cup Futurity, Dashin Red Cat  ($13.80) was up for a neck win over Tacky Lil Groundhog. The winner covered 350 yards on a fast track in 17.82 seconds. Gonzalo Gutierrez was aboard Dashin Red Cat for Douglas Grenz and trainer Juvenal Licona-Vazquez.

Kas Famous ($25) upset 4-5 favorite Zoomin N Celebrating by a head in the $55,190 Sires’ Cup Derby. The winner covered 400 yards on a fast track in 20.20 seconds. Jorge Linares was aboard for Francisco Garza and trainer Jose Sanchez. Kas Famous is by One Famous Eagle, while Dashin Read Cat is a son of Red Storm Cat.

Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico had a stakes double for Quarter Horses on Saturday, with Bodacious Eagle ($4.20) overcoming a bad start for a half-length win in the Grade 3, $50,000 Higheasterjet Handicap and Maxx ($4) proving three-quarters of a length best in the $48,510 Ruidoso Adequan Derby Challenge.