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THE $20,250 TEXAS TWISTER STAKES HIGHLIGHTS THE WEEKEND AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
XO Kate Blazes Past The Competition On Saturday, August 23, 2008
HOUSTON (Saturday, August 23, 2008) – The $20,250 Texas Twister Stakes race was short and sweet for winner XO Kate on Saturday, August 23, 2008 at Sam Houston Race Park. The race highlighted Texas-bred quarter horses 3 years old and up sprinting a short distance of 110 yards. The 3-year-old filly is owned by Isidro Flores and trained by Rodolfo Sanchez.
“I knew this was going to be a pretty hard race because she wasn’t working out good and hasn’t done too well in her past few races. She has gotten sick a lot since last year’s Sam Houston Futurity, but I think she finally feels better. She rested and is feeling better. Next I think we’ll take her to Blue Ribbon Downs in Oklahoma,” commented Flores.
She broke first out of the gate and crossed the finish line in a time of :6.807. Jockey Santos Carrizales took the reins for the filly tonight and commented, “I’ve been riding horses for a long time and you just hope for a good break in this kind of race.” After breaking sharp and driving to a quick lead, Carrizales had only praise for the filly who was sent off at 9-2. “She ran great out of the gate and she felt ready to run while waiting in the gate. It felt very natural for me and seemed natural for her to run this short distance.”
Final placement was XO Kate ($11.00) by a head, Imazoomertoo, Chief Corona, Jo Edna, Heza Two Timing Man, Surprisingly Special, Eyes Moving Easy, Heza Shaker, Mr Bisiesto and Quickid Perry.
Next Friday, August 29 Sam Houston Race Park will feature the $50,000+ Sam Houston Classic Handicap (G2) race for 3-year-olds and up running a distance of 440 yards, followed by the $35,000+ Governors’ Cup Marathon Handicap (G3) going 870 yards on Saturday, August 30. The Park will also host live racing on Sunday, August 31, featuring the $15,000+ Sam Houston Distance Derby and to kick off Fan Appreciation Week on Monday, September 1, fans can enjoy the $15,000+ Blue Bonnet Stakes. Live Quarter Horse racing continues every Friday and Saturday in September 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.theshowgrounds.com, www.shrp.com or call 800-211-3381.