WRS Big Tom (Cartels Feature - WRS Six Memories, Fly Jess Fly)
Prairie Meadows – August 31, 2014 – by Michael Cusortelli
Williams Racing Stables’ WRS Big Tom rallied to win the 350-yard Iowa Stallion Futurity at Prairie Meadows on Aug. 31. Prepped by Kasey Willis and ridden by Cesar Gomez, WRS Big Tom stopped the timer in :18.103, and his winning margin was a head from fastest qualifier and 9-5 favorite Quickie Rickie. The winner’s share of the $92,064 purse increased WRS Big Tom’s earnings to $42,750 from four outs.
WRS Big Tom, the second-fastest qualifier, was coming off of a second-place finish to Quickie Rickie in the first of two trials on Aug. 17.
WRS Big Tom made his debut on April 24 at Remington Park, as the gelding ran ninth in a 350-yard $15,000 maiden claiming dash.
WRS Big Tom is the first winner from two starters produced by WRS Six Memories, an unraced homebred 7-year-old mare by Fly Jess Fly. His 1/2-sister, WRS Jessrabbit, ran second in last year’s $135,700 Jim Bader Futurity. WRS Big Tom’s second dam, the Leaving Memories mare My Happy Memory, is a 1/2-sister to WRS Special Shoe, a homebred gelding who won the 2008 Bank of America Challenge Championship-G1.
Quickie Rickie (First Dinastia-Special Stepper) was ridden by Tony Bennett for owner Bob Urich and trainer Wayne Garner. The brown gelding made his career debut in his Iowa Stallion Futurity trial. Vernon Hammes’ TRS Just Like Jase (Just Amazing Jess-TRS Dashin Diamond) was placed 3rd after the disqualification of Buyin Jess to 9th. Cody Smith rode the homebred gelding for trainer Kelly Wellington. Shesa Cartel Rose (Cartels Feature-Shesa Eye Of Rose), TRS Amazing Lexi (Just Amazing Jess-Maydecks Request), Harleydonegone (Cartels Feature-Valentine Jewels), Followed by A Lil Windy (Talkalota Bull-Special Bold Chick), Mark Of A Legend (Special Legend-Boogie N Bull) & Buyin Jess (Just Amazing Jess-Zinfinity). RU Legends Amigo was scratched.