February 22, 2014
TRIUMPH AND SONG BLAZES TO VICTORY IN
THE $50,000 SAM HOUSTON SPRINT CUP
Texas-Bred Captures His Third Stakes of the Meet
Tonight’s feature at Sam Houston Race Park was the $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint CupStakes. It was another spectacular effort for the talentedTexas-bred, Triumph and Song, who racked up his third stakes win of the 2014 Thoroughbred racing season.
Jockey Junior Chacaltana has ridden the 5-year-old son of leading 2013 Texas stakes sire, My Golden Song in each of his three appearances, and tonight was his fastest clocking to date. Breaking from post position four, he took the lead, setting fractions of :22.03; :44.32; :56.42 and crossing the wire of the six furlong sprint in 1:09.39.
“This is one of the best horses I have ever ridden,” said Chacaltana. “He’s fast, got a lot of heart and never quits. Our plan was to send him; that’s the horse’s style and we don’t want to change it.”
Trainer Karl Broberg claimed Triumph and Song for $40,000 at Fair Grounds for owners H & H Ranch. The grey made his first appearance in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes here on January 18, and followed that with a turf win in the $50,000 Bucharest Stakes, just three weeks later.
Triumph and Song was sent off as the 2-5 choice in the five horse field, with the scratch of Heitai. He has earned $90,000 in his last three starts, and with his allowance victory on December 29 at Fair Grounds, has a four-race win streak intact.
“Three stakes in a row is so incredible,” said owner Carolyn Hanek who spoke on behalf of the ownership group. “It was a wonderful claim and we love coming to Sam Houston Race Park.”
Silver Lining John, a Kentucky-bred son of Tiz Wonderful, closed gamely under Deshawn Parker, finishing second by a neck.
“It was close,” said Parker. “I thought we had it, but the winner is a nice horse.”
Solar Charge, has had the tough task of facing Triumph and Song in each of the three stakes, and had to settle for third under jockey Lindey Wade.
Trainer Jerenesto Torrez and Jockey Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez Win Both the $30,000 Yellow Rose and $30,000 Texas Six Shooter Arabian Stakes
Arabians were featured in two graded stakes tonight at Sam Houston Race Park and it was a big night for trainer Jerenesto Torrez and rider Ernesto-Valdez-Jiminez, who won both events.
A full field of Arabian colts and geldings kicked the evening off in the Grade 2, $30,000 Texas Six Shooter with Burning Fleet capturing the seven furlong stakes in 1:32.24. Jockey Ernesto-Valdez-Jiminez rode the 4-year-old Burning Sand colt for owners Joseph and Betty Gillis of Columbus, Mississippi.
Sent off at odds of 6-1, Burning Fleet paid $13.80 for the win. RB Champagne Taste rallied for second under Sam Houston leading rider, Gerardo Mora and A Classs Act ran third.
Torrez saddled the winner and runner-up of the Grade 2, $30,000 Texas Yellow Rose for Arabian fillies when RB Burn Baby Burn went gate to wire, and held off ta tenacious effort by Dhaan.
The winner was bred by Dianne K. Waldron, and is a daughter of Arabian Triple Crown winner, TH Richie.
RB Burn Baby Burn paid $9.20 for the win, completing seven furlongs in 1:33.41.
“They both ran good races; we are very proud of them,” said Torrez.
Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 recently renovated luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.