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EYESA SAM UPSETS FAVORED HORSE PANTHER PURR TO WIN $72,958 TQHA SIRES’ CUP DERBY (RG3) AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2008
HOUSTON (Saturday, August 9, 2008)—Only nine of the ten fastest qualifiers took part in the exciting final of the $72,958 TQHA Sires’ Cup Derby on Saturday, August 9 at Sam Houston Race Park. The field was reduced due to the late scratch of Dream You See. Eyesa Sam upset the favored horse Panther Purr, who was the fastest qualifier in the trials, by a head and finished with a time of :20.031. The 3-year-old gelding is trained by Carlos Terrazas and owned by Paul Lozolla from San Antonio, Texas. Tonight Terrazas was in San Antonio at Retama Park overseeing training for another quarter horse.
“He broke like a rocket and that’s what made the difference in this race,” commented Ramirez. “I just picked up this horse this week. They asked me if I wanted to ride him and, of course, I said yes because I didn’t have a horse to ride yet. He ran really hard for me tonight.”
The Texas-bred son of Truley First Class out of Aint I An Eyeopener earned $29,183 for tonight’s victory and rewarded his betting fans with a win payout of $30.60.
The winner was the fifth fastest qualifier in trials run on July 26. First-year owner Lozolla was proud of his horse commenting, “This horse has been doing very well. He was the fifth fastest qualifier, but he’s been winning a lot of derby races this year and he’s been qualifying in everything we put him in.”
Eyesa Sam will be looking to repeat his victory at the Grade 2 $35,000 + Sam Houston Derby at The Park on September 6, followed by the Grade 1 $200,000 + Dash for Cash Derby at Lone Star Park in Dallas on October 25, 2008.
The fastest qualifier, Panther Purr (5-2), came in at a very close second under rider Rodrigo Vallejo. The 3-year-old filly won the Silestone Stakes, a 350-yard race at The Park, on July 4. She is trained by Abelardo Flores, Jr. and owned by Carlos Lozano. Jessie O Toole, trained by The Park’s current leading trainer Judd Kearl, ran third followed by Heza Jet Set, A Dirty Flick, Racing Streak, Rapid Fire Jess, Jess Jeans and Im a Special Run.
Immediately following live racing events at The Park, The Showgrounds (www.theshowgrounds.com) hosted the Verizon Wireless post-race concert series on the Bud Light stage with a performance from one of Houston’s most popular country music stars, Clint Black, along with opening act Shake Russell. Live Quarter Horse racing continues every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through September 13, 2008.
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.