06/29/2010 11:00PM

Sixes Liaison seeks repeat of qualifying run


Sixes Liaison was just a maiden winner going into last month's trials for the Grade 1, $376,700 Sam Houston Futurity for Quarter Horses. Friday night, he could start as the favorite for what is the most prestigious race of the meet.

Sixes Liaison set the fastest qualifying time for the Sam Houston Futurity, earning the title on June 18 after he beat out 108 other horses entered in the 11 trial races. On Friday, he will attempt to run his career record to 3 for 3 when he breaks from post 10.

The Sam Houston Futurity will share a card with the Grade 2, $113,250 Sam Houston Derby.

Sixes Liaison won his 350-yard trial in 17.79 seconds, proving three-quarters of a length best. Saul Ramirez Jr. was aboard for trainer Bobby Martinez and has the mount again Friday. Sixes Liaison won his debut in a Delta Downs maiden race in April. He races for Ted Abrams Sr.

Turbulenz and Ragazzo, who were both Grade 1 winners last year at 2, will break side by side in the Sam Houston Derby. Turbulenz, who drew the rail, won the Texas Quarter Horse Association Sales Futurity, a restricted Grade 1, last July at Sam Houston. Ragazzo, who gets post 2, took the Grade 1 Heritage Place Futurity in May 2009 at Remington Park.

The chief threat is Acorn, who set the fastest qualifying time for the Sam Houston Derby when he won his 400-yard trial in 19.74 seconds. He romped by 3 3/4 lengths in the race run June 19.

Ruidoso: Former claimer leads stakes

An Ocean Rocket, who won for a claiming price of $10,000 during the spring meet at Remington, is the fastest qualifier for the Grade 3, $52,560 New Mexico Adequan Derby at Ruidoso Downs on Friday.

An Ocean Rocket won his 400-yard trial by a nose over fellow qualifier Nikomon, in 19.84 seconds. A.J. Martinez has the mount for trainer Dwayne "Sleepy" Gilbreath.

Blach, Jones inducted into Ruidoso Hall

Leonard Blach, who co-owns 2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird, and Paul Jones, a perennial leading trainer of Quarter Horses, were among those inducted into the Ruidoso Downs Hall of Fame last Saturday. Also entering the track's Hall were accomplished jockey Eddie Garcia and Mr. Master Bug, a past winner of the All American Futurity.

* Stolis Winner is among the top 10 qualifiers for the Grade 1, $100,000 Bank of America Challenge Championship at Sam Houston on July 10.