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ST PATS FIRST WINS $24,250 STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STAKES AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK

Evening Featured First Stakes Race of the Meeting & Trials Along With Performance by John Michael Montgomery on Saturday, June 28, 2008

HOUSTON (June 28, 2008)—St Pats First earned a consecutive $24,250 Stephen F. Austin Stakes win on Saturday, June 28, 2008, at Sam Houston Race Park. St Pats First claimed the stakes race in the 2007 American Quarter Horse meet at The Park in 2007. 

The Saturday evening program, witnessed by more than 6,900 guests, featured 10 races including trials for the $40,000 + Bayer Legend Texas Derby and the $100,000 + Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship as well as the first stakes of the 2008 American Quarter Horse Meeting, the $24,250 Stephen F. Austin Stakes.

St Pats First returned to the winner’s circle for owners Jerry and Bob Gaston of Seguin, Texas, after a 10-month break.  The 5-year-old colt is trained by Heath Taylor and was ridden to victory by Gilbert Ortiz. This was the 17th career start for the son of First Down Dash, who edged Painkiller, covering 350 yards in :18.19.

“Obviously, he ran a really super comeback race. We had a little issue with him last year that didn’t amount to anything, but Bob and Jerry always want to do what’s best for the horse,” commented Taylor. “We took the time to fix the problem and gave him a good, long rest. He’s matured and he’s a very sound horse with a good bill of health, and should have a really good year.”

He likes Houston and we like Houston,” added Gaston. “It was a pretty good time considering the [15 mph] head wind.”

Painkiller, a 3-year-old filly ran a game race under Rogelio Izquierdo, finishing with a time of :18.321.  

Jodys Funny Face, finished third under Dewey Smith, followed by Streakin On Bye You, Ida Snow Man, Surprisingly Special, Ronas Wind Dancer and Royal Killer.

Taylor and the Gastons were undecided about his next start saying “if something comes up that fits us, that’s where will go, but we’ll just let the horse tell us how he feels.”

Bank of America Texas Challenge Trial Results

Two trials were held for the Bank of America Texas Challenge this evening. Sassys Tuffy was the fastest qualifier, winning his trial in :21.989. The 4-year-old gelding is trained by C. Dwayne Gilbreath for owner Dawn Ivey. Rider Jose Amador Alvarez led the gelding to his first win of the year.

The finals of the $100,000+ Bank of America Texas Challenge will take place on Saturday, July 12.

 

Sam Houston Race Park

 

$100,000+ Bank of America Texas Trial

Trials:

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Final:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

 

Three-Year-Olds & Up 440 Yards

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Qualifying Time

SASSYS TUFFY

JOSE AMADOR ALVAREZ

C. DWAYNE GILBREATH

21.989

REBA CLEATA

JUAN LUIS VAZQUEZ

STEVE GARRISON

22.078

DIAMOND TRES SEIS

ORTIZ GILBERT

M. HEATH TAYLOR

22.152

MISS KIPS STREAKIN

SANTOS CARRIZALES

EUSEVIO HUITRON

22.259

HAPPY STREAKER

RODRIGO SIGALA VALLEJO

EUSEVIO HUITRON

22.366

DULCE BYE N BYE

RUBEN G. FLORES

SALVADOR G. FLORES

22.403

WORK WORK WORK

OSCAR RINCON

RODOLFO SANCHEZ

22.484

THIS SNOW IS COLD

MANUEL GUTIERREZ

FRANK MENDEZ

22.557

DICTORIAL

CIPRIANO USCANGA VIDANA

MANUEL VEGA, JR.

22.561

CUERVO MAX

SALVADOR PEREZ

SHAE L. COX

22.576

 

 

 

 

 

*Track record: Invisible Injun :21.350 – October 8, 1994


Bayer Legend Texas Derby Challenge Trial Results

Dirt Track Date proved fastest overall for the Bayer Legend Texas Derby Challenge Trials, crossing the finish line in a time of :20.195. The 3-year-old filly is trained by L.R. Tooter Jordan for owners K.A. Norris and Peters Racing. Guiding the filly to victory was Gaspar Garcia.; The finals of the $40,000+ Bayer Legend Texas Derby Challenge will be held on Saturday, July 12.

 

Sam Houston Race Park

 

$40,000 + Bayer Legend Texas Derby Trial

Trials:

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Final:

Saturday, July 12, 2008

 

Three-Year-Olds & Up 400 Yards

Horse

Jockey

Trainer

Qualifying Time

DIRT TRACK DATE

GASPAR GARCIA

L. R. JORDAN

20.195

SHAZOOM DASHING

RODRIGO SIGALA VALLEJO

MANUEL VEGA

20.253

RACING STREAK

RODRIGO VALLEJO

THOMAS ZARATE

20.282

JESSIE O TOOLE

JUAN VAZQUEZ

JUDD KEARL

20.364

WOWZER WON

DAVID A. ALVAREZ

JESSE YOAKUM

20.382

VICTORY CORONA

SANTOS CARRIZALES

EUSEVIO HUITRON

20.481

CANCEL EM OUT

MANUEL GUTIERREZ

ALFREDO TRIANA

20.506

HONI AND SNOW

LUIS RAMIREZ

BRIAN STROUD

20.508

SEPARATIST BABY

GILBERT ORTIZ

M. TAYLOR

20.600

ESCONDIDO BEACH

GILBERT ORTIZ

JOHN BUCHANAN

20.639






 

*Track record: Azoom :19.574 – September 24, 2004

 




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