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Unbeaten Trump My Record takes Sam Houston Futurity

May 5, 2019

Trump My Record won Friday night’s $460,000 Sam Houston Futurity Friday night, ending a program ruled by predictability.

The unbeaten, $10,700 purchase zipped from the gate at 3-5 odds and prevailed as a heavy favorite should.

“In that last 100 yards, it was all over but the screaming,” jockey Eddie Sanchez said.

Pa Cha Ching closed vigorously but not fast enough to threaten the winner.

“This horse is the real deal,” said trainer Arturo Davila, whose brother-in-law Cruz Nava owns the horse. “It was his fourth start and fourth win. He gets better each time out. He keeps trumping his previous race.”

Asked the next step for his trainee, Davila said, “We know the sky’s the limit, but we don’t where his next race will be. We’d like to keep her in Texas, but you never know.”

On the biggest night of Sam Houston Race Park’s quarter horse season, two other stout favorites dominated. Eysa Jess Jumpn gave the $167,000 Sam Houston Derby field no chance. The 3-year-old filly burst from the starting gate and left nine opponents to contest second place.

“In her first race, she got left in the gate and almost finished last,” trainer Josue Huitron said. “After that, she figured out how to race.”

In nine races since that first start, Eysa Jess Jumpn has seven victories and two thirds. Her biggest win came last year in a $700,000 dash at Delta Downs.

“Even in that first race, you could see she had lots of speed,” Huitron said. “Now she has a start to go with that speed. I train several good horses. This one is the best I’ve ever had.”

Fast-closing Expedyte missed the $460,000 main event but won a consolation prize — the $46,000 Sam Houston Juvenile.

“He would have qualified for the big race, but he got squeezed at the start,” said Danny Uballe, who owns the horse with his wife, Raedele Phipps. “I bought that horse, broke him and now am seeing him show his ability.”

Jockey Jesse Lee Lavario brought out some of that ability in a closing burst.

“Expedyte had a little trouble with the footing early, but I didn’t rush him,” Lavario said. “I didn’t want to bother him until he got hold of the track. And he did.”

After only watching Expedyte on video, then mounting up for his first ride on the colt, Lavario said, “I’d like to do this again.”