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May 03, 2014


Fire On the Fly Class of the Field in the $25,000 Governors’ Cup Marathon

Dash for Cache entered the starting gate for the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park off a two-race win streak. With a seemingly effortless trip under leading rider Luis Vivanco, the Texas-bred made it three in a row.

This was the first time Dash for Cache had attempted 440 yards; he had won the 400 yard Streakin LaJolla Stakes on March 22 at Louisiana Downs. He proved his mettle at the “classic” distance, with an impressive clocking of :21.37.

“I’m very happy with his win today,” said trainer Joe Vacca. “He was training well and ran even faster than at Louisiana Downs.”

The bay son of Hiclass La Jolla is owned by Jose D. Garza of Houston, who was elated with the first graded stakes win by the 5-year-old.

“We’ve been pointing for this race,” said Garza.  “The horse has proven he is a great horse. He came here and did his job. I’m really happy with the win.”

Richard Frandsen’s homebred SS Paydirt, who ran fourth in the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3), was second.  Rockin Disco was third by a neck, followed by Loves Brown Sugar from the barn of Kie Mushinski.

Dash For Cache posted a speed index of 111 and paid $5.20 to win, as the favorite in the ten-horse field. His career record stands at six wins from 18 starts.

Fire On The Fly Victorious in the $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon
Intrepid distance specialist, Fire on the Fly added another stakes win to his already impressive resume’ this afternoon at Sam Houston Race Park, showing his class in the $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon.

The Bullard Farms homebred shipped to Houston having won four of his five starts at the distance of 870 yards. Trainer Tommy Bullard gave jockey Jerry Lee Yoakum a leg up on the 4-year-old son of Jet Cartel. He had early company from Harris County stakes winner JRC Callas First, but Yoakum saved ground on the rail, drawing off to a 1 3/4 length score. The final time, over a fast track was :45.82.

“He left the gates pretty good, but we had the five horse with us in the early going,” said Yoakum.  “When we got clear, he really showed his class.”

Bullard was a little apprehensive prior to the race when his charge did not have much of an appetite since arriving in Houston three days ago,

“He didn’t want to eat much, but he got the job done,” said Bullard.

Bullard is a practicing veterinarian, who has just been training for a short time, and was quick to give credit to many horsemen in the Quarter Horse industry.

“So many people have helped me,” said Bullard. “Training isn’t as easy as it looks. John Buchanan, Sleepy Gilbreath, Bubba Cascio, Wes Giles; you can’t beat the people in the Quarter Horse industry and in Texas.”

Trippin Vision closed gamely under rider Santos Carrizales for second.

“He made a big run at the end,” said Carrizales. “This was my first time riding him and he’s a nice horse; I would live to ride him again.”

Fire On The Fly has qualified for the Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship at Prairie Meadows on October 18 from his victory in the $50,000 Red Cell New Mexico Distance Challenge at Sunland Park.

The winner paid $3.80 and earned $15,000 today. E C Cartel ran third, followed by JRC Callas First.

The 2014 Quarter Horse meet at Sam Houston Race Park concludes next weekend with live racing set for Thursday and Friday at 7:00 p.m.; Saturday at 6:00 p.m. and a special 1:00 p.m. post time on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11.

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