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THE $25,000 GOVERNORS' CUP MARATHON CLOSES OUT THE SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE MEET
Five stakes were contested over the final weekend of the 2011 American Quarter Horse meet at Sam Houston Race Park. Sunday night’s feature was the running of the $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon with a field of eight distance specialists completing at 870-yards.
Shineys Magic T crossed the wire in first, but an objection was lodged by the riders of Game Six and Takeitalloffjess for interference rounding the turn. After a 15-minute review by the stewards, Shineys Magic T was disqualified and placed sixth.
The victory went to Takeitalloffjess, owned by Jerry D. Chapman of Waco Texas. The 5-year-old mare was making her seventh start at Sam Houston and had hit the board in each of her six previous efforts. Ridden by David Alvarez, who used a ground saving trip up the rail, covering 870-yards in :45.917.
“I thought she ran a really good race,” said trainer Vicki Lea McIvain.
“She was the only girl with all the boys,” added Chapman. “We’ll rest her for the next few weeks and see what’s at Retama Park.”
It was a disappointing decision for trainer Jesse Yoakum regarding Shineys Magic T.
“He was injured last year at Zia and had surgery for two chips,” said Yoakum, “The horse is just getting back to running and cleared those horses with room to spare.”
Game Six, at 40-1, was placed second, followed by Kite Flyer, DM Traffic, My Nickelodeon, Shineys Magic T, Blue Ribbon Dash and JC My Diamond Man.
This was the first stakes win for Takeitalloffjess, who paid $7.20 as the post-time favorite.
General Gordiz Impressive Winner in the $30,305 Colors of Houston Futurity (G2)
On Saturday, May 14, General Gordiz picked up his first stakes win as he captured the $30,305 Colors of Houston Futurity (G2). Bred and owned by Javier Lujan, the bay son of Awesome Chrome broke his maiden here on April 15 under top Sam Houston jockey, Luis Vivanco. Trained by Francisco Javier Vega, Jr., General Gordiz was impressive in his stakes debut, drawing off by 1 ¾ lengths over a fast track, covering 300-yards in :16.010. Strangers Game, trained by Tooter Jordan, closed for second and Judys Spice held for third.
Northernete Captures the $10,000 Colors of Texas Paint Stakes
A field of seven Paints lined up for the $10,000 Colors of Texas Paint Stakes on the Sunday card at Sam Houston Race Park. Northernete, a 3-year-old filly owned by Larry Sherwood and trained by Bobby Touchet, won by a neck over Ima Corona. Bred in Texas by her owner, Northernete broke her maiden last August at Sam Houston and made two starts at Remington Park in 2011 before tonight’s stakes victory. She covered 350-yards in :17.866. Ima Corona was second and Girls Got Grip held for show.
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