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Long-Shot Breezes Past Favorite And Breaks 14-Year Record at Sam Houston Race Park On Friday, August 29, 2008


HOUSTON (Friday, August 29, 2008) – The $61,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) always draws a first-class field of American Quarter Horses and this year’s edition was no different tonight at Sam Houston Race Park. Long-shot Diamond Tres Seis broke the current 440-yard record that was set in the Park’s inaugural Quarter Horse Meet on October 8, 1994 by Invisible Injun.

Trainer Heath Taylor, who is in New Mexico preparing for Sunday’s All American Derby at Ruidoso Downs left the saddling duties to his assistant, John Favre and Diamond Tres Seis delivered the standout performance as he bested his eleven rivals in a time of :21.322..  The 4-year-old son of Tres Seis is owned by Mercy and Ray Hinklin from Livingston, TX.

“Wow, we’re just so grateful,” said Ray Hinklin. “It’s one thing to win the race, but to do it in record time feels so great.” After being beaten in his last outing by Sassys Tuffy, the favored horse in tonight’s stakes race, he knew he needed to do something a little different.

“He drew another hole up there in the middle of the track and the last race he drew the one hole and it was a little heavy for him, but this time he drew up in the middle of the track so it evened things out and helped him out a lot.”

Diamond Tres Seis left the gates at 6-1 and returned $14.40 for the win. He was ridden by Gilbert Ortiz, one of the top riders at Sam Houston Race Park

“He didn’t leave out of the gate too sharp today. The seven horse actually had him beat by a link and two quarters, but after he saw the horse out in front of him he pinned his ears back and started running, making it real easy for me,” said Ortiz. “I didn’t know we had the record once we crossed the finish line, but he deserves it and we took it.”     
Mr Perry Dash, also trained by Heath Taylor, ran second under rider G.R. Carter, Jr. and favorite Sassys Tuffy finished in third place, followed by Heza Fast Classic, Zoomin Winner, Sin Tacha Perry, El Zapatista, Thewayitallwentdown, Run Perry Run, Sory Nokita Bola and Mambo Chill.

Diamond Tres Seis earned $36,600 for tonight’s effort and improved his lifetime record to 11 wins from 17 starts and an impressive Park record of six wins from seven starts. Hinklin thinks he’ll take the horse to El Paso next, but will leave the final decision up to Taylor.

            Live racing continues on Saturday, August 30 with a ten-race card highlighted by the running of the $35,000 + Governors’ Cup Marathon HandicapBlue Ribbon Dash, winner of several top-graded stakes at this year’s Retama meet, is the 9-5 favorite. The 7-year-old Texas-bred gelding will be ridden by James N. Brooks.

The extended Labor Day weekend racing schedule will include live racing on Sunday, August 31, featuring the $15,000+ Sam Houston Distance Derby.  On Monday, September 1, the $15,000+ Blue Bonnet Stakes will kick off Fan Appreciation Week at The Park. Live Quarter Horse racing continues every Friday and Saturday through September 13.

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, or call 800-211-3381.

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