Tic It To the Dance
Captured the $208,900 Retama Park Derby
SELMA, TX- It’s a major accomplishment to qualify and win the $700,000 TQHA Sale Futurity(RG1), the most prestigious stakes at Retama Park. On August 5, Dollar Bill did just that and made history as the champion of the richest race run since the opening of the Selma, Texas racetrack in 1995.
Juan Diaz, Jr. won last year’s TQHA Sale Futurity with Bye Corona Bye and qualified six for this year’s edition. He had an outstanding showing in the final, winning with
Jockey Jose Herbert qualified the winner, who set the second-fastest qualifying time (:17.638) in his trial on July 21. Tonight, he broke well and held off a late charge from his stablemate Cooleys Cartel
"Honestly, Dollar Bill has run well for us all year," said Diaz. "He was solid in his trials and came back strong at Louisiana Downs and in the Juvenile at Sam Houston. Jose (Herbert) thought about which horse to ride in this final, but decided on Dollar Bill. When he came into the winner's circle, he winked at me and said 'I think I made the right choice!"
There is tremendous pride from each of the breeders who qualified for the rich futurity, including Tyler Graham who stands Kiss My Hocks. He is the sire of three finalists, Unseen NME, Dollar Bill and Hock It Is. This is the fifth crop by the 2014 AQHA 2-year-old Champion Colt and an exciting first for Graham.
“This is the first time we qualified three in a final,” he stated. “Dollar Bill was immature in the beginning but is one of the best movers and gets better each time.”
Dollar Bill has now won five of his six lifetime starts. With his TQHA Sale Futurity check in the amount of $311,388, his earnings stand at $396,793.
Tic It to the Dance was bred by Bob and Jerry Gaston, out of Double Down Darling. He ran fifth in the Sam Houston Derby (G3) and was second in the Sam Houston Juvenile and qualified to the Dash for Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park as a 2-year-old.
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Family Fun Night on August 18 and September 2. Activities include bounce castles, petting zoo, pony rides. Kids 12 and under are free. Terrace dining is every Friday and Saturday on live race nights. $24.95 on Fridays and 29.95 on Saturdays. Call 210-651-7000 Monday-Friday to make a reservation. Visit the Retama Park website for information on live and simulcast racing and special events.
About Retama Park
Retama Park is a Class 1 pari-mutuel horse racetrack located in Selma, Texas, just 20 minutes from downtown San Antonio. Live Quarter Horse races take place each summer, while simulcast wagering and races from around the world are shown daily. Managed by Penn Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ – PENN), Retama Park opened in 1995 and will host its 28th year of operation from July 19 to September 2, 2023. For more information and racing schedules, please visit www.RetamaPark.comfollow on: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok and YouTube.
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