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EXCITING WEEKEND OF LIVE RACING AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Highlights Include Sam Houston Maiden Classic & Woodlands Stakes Presented By Ikon Office Solutions
HOUSTON (Saturday, August 2, 2008)—Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) hosted an exciting weekend of live racing events with highlights from The Park including the Sam Houston Maiden Classic on Friday, August 1 and the Woodland Stake presented by Ikon Office Solutions on Saturday, August 2.
The Park hosted trial races for the $47,700 Sam Houston Maiden Classic on July 17 with the top 10 fastest qualifiers returning to compete in the final on Friday evening for the 350-yard race. Zoomin Winner, a 3-year-old colt owned by Mickey Tiner of Angleton, Texas, and trained by Judd Kearl, was an impressive winner who exploded from the gate under rider Gaspar Rivera and drew off by a length and a half with the winning time of :18.006. The Texas-bred colt, who was the second favored horse in the morning line odds (9-2) behind Miss Shady Cartel, was the second fastest qualifier in trial and proved to be a contender for the final race.
“This colt is just now starting to get an opportunity because as a 2-year-old he didn’t. He’s starting to come into his own now. Judd [Kearl] has taken wonderful care of him and he seems to get better every time we stick him out there,” praised owner Mickey Tiner. “I was worried tonight about being on the inside, but evidentially he did pretty good and stayed out in front. It looks like 400 to 440 yards is really going to work best for him. When you win a race like this, it’s just fantastic and we’re so proud.”
Jockey Rivera commented, “He broke well and was in front the whole time. The delay at the starting gate worked well for us because he was more relaxed going back into the starting gate.”
Zoomin Winner earned $19,080 for his victory and paid $6.40 to win. Mrs Eye Angel was second with Rodrigo Vallejo in the irons and Miss Shady Cartel finished third. The field featured 9 horses. Tiner indicated that Zoomin Winner would remain at Sam Houston Race Park and make his next start in the Sam Houston Derby on September 6.
The Park continued live racing events on Saturday, August 2 with featured race the Woodland Stakes presented by Ikon Office Solutions. A field of eight Quarter Horses were featured in the 870-yard stakes race. Jack Pudding, owned by A.D. Maddox and trained by James Gerhards, scored the victory by a commanding six-and-a-half lengths. Dewey Smith rode the Texas-bred gelding in his first victory at The Park, crossing the finish line in a time of :46.559.
“When you win it’s great. I felt he came on strong at the end and there wasn’t any dying out there; he ran it out,” commented trainer Gerhards. “We’ll keep him here in Houston and run him in anther 3-year-old race soon.”
This was the first stakes win for Jack Pudding, a son of Panther Mountain out of Variance and bred by Frannie Stewart. The horse was the second favored horse based on the morning line odd (7-2) behind Win D Lajolla.
“I felt the horse broke good. I started him off slow on the inside, but knew I had to bounce the horse to the outside to have a chance to win,” stated winning jockey Smith. “I felt good after this morning’s workout and thought this horse had a great chance of winning tonight.”
Finishing second was Dashin Especially, trained by Kenny Teutsch and ridden by Gilbert Ortiz.
Jack Pudding returned $12.80, $6.00 and $4.40 across the board. Realclearrebeldasher ran a close third, followed by Mr American Leader, Win D Lajolla, Gol Meter, Feature Royalty and Injuns Money Raiser.
Live Quarter Horse racing continues with racing every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in August at Sam Houston Race Park.
Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located 15 minutes from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 19 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club. The Park’s newest addition, The Showgrounds, is an all-ages venue that hosts annual Country, Classic Rock and Contemporary concert events throughout the year. For more information on upcoming shows, events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com, www.shrp.com or call 800-211-3381.