For Immediate Release
Saturday, October 01, 2016


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Saturday, October 1, 2016) – Right out of the gate in the AQHA Distance Challenge Saturday, Jessa Little Rusty stumbled and ducked in unseating jockey J. R. Valenzuela. From then on it was a bit dicey with the rider-less horse continuing on with the rest. Fortunately, he ran up the rail never interfering with anyone. Valenzuela was transported to first aid and released, but did not ride the rest of the night.

That aside, it was Ec Cartel in last place through the turn where he then began passing horses at the top of the stretch.  One by one he put them away, reaching the leader just past the sixteenth pole. The final opponent was favorite, Fire On The Fly who had been racing on the lead throughout, but was no match late for the fast closing Ec Cartel posting a 1 1/2 length victory  over Fire On the Fly, who  had to settle for second place. The Field Cricket was another 3/4 length in third. Final time for the 870 yard Distance Challenge was 45.816 over a fast track. Speed index earned for the effort was 95.


Ec Cartel

                     Ec Cartel grabs the lead from favorite Fire On the Fly in AQHA Distance Challenge

The win guaranteed Ec Cartel a berth in the AQHA Distance Challenge Championship final, to be held at Los Alamitos Race Course on October 29.

Ec Cartel, a seven-year-old gelding by Tinys First Corona is owned by Alejandra Carrion and trained by the top trainer in the country currently, Judd Kearl. Jockey Donell Blake shipped in from Evangeline for the mount. Blake, who has only ridden previously at Lone Star Park one time, it was in 2010 where he didn’t hit the board.

Ec Cartel Paid $11.80, $4.60 and $3.60. Fire On the Fly paid $3.00 and $2.40. The Field Cricket returned $5.20 for show. Daring and Dashing, Cjs Rocksolid, Jess Twice Cash (last year’s winner) and Streaking Cartel completed the order of finish. Jessa Little Rusty, of course lost his jockey and therefore DNF. Dashers Midnight was a late scratch.

Ec Cartel increased his career earnings to $104,176. It was his eighth career win from 23 starts.


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