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HEZA MARQUETTE MAKER PULLS OFF $25,000 GOVERNORS' CUP MARATHON (G3) BY A NOSE

Race To The Wire & Photo Finish Reveals Heza Marquette Maker Narrowly Beating Out Blue Ribbon Dash on Saturday, June 12, 2010

 

HOUSTON (June 12, 2010)—Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) hosted the $25,000 Governors’ Cup Marathon (G3) stakes race, an 870-yard dash on the dirt track for three year olds and up, as the featured race on Saturday, June 12.

The eighth race on Saturday’s live racing card featured the most exciting and narrowest margin win of the night as Blue Ribbon Dash broke gracefully from the gate on the hook race and set the pace for the field of five horses and held to a slight lead until the final stretch where seven-year old favored horse, Heza Marquette Maker ($2.80), challenged the leader from the outside in an all out duel to the wire.  A photo finish revealed that Heza Marquette Maker, clocking in with a speed index of 99, barely claimed the win by a nose in a time of :45.54.  The track record of :44.53, set in June 2006 by Bens Decked Out, still remains in tact.

Both trainer R.L. Rick Robinson and jockey Luis Ramirez seemed as surprised and excited as race fans when the winner was officially announced.  Jockey Ramirez was all smiles heading into the winner’s circle for the trophy presentation and gave the crowd an enthusiastic two thumbs up as he headed back to the jockey’s room.
When asked about this horse’s potential to pull off close wins at longer distances, trainer Robinson replied, “I thought we lost from where I was standing, it was that close of a race!”  He went on to comment that Ramirez and the horse had a great ride.  “This horse loves to run and has since he was a three-year old.”
Although plans for the winning racer weren’t immediately know, Robinson indicated that they might be headed to Lone Star in the near future.

Final placement was Blue Ribbon Dash in second, Just Blink in third, followed by Snow Me The Paddick and Cant Pass Me.

In addition to live Quarter Horse racing events, The Park hosted Party on the Patio Steak Night featuring admission, steak dinner and a twice baked potato for just $15 along with $2 draft beer available from 4-8 p.m.
Live American Quarter Horse racing continues every weekend at The Park through August 14.  Join us every Friday evening for live racing and 50 Cent Draft Beer from 5:30 to 10 p.m.  For more information on racing and concerts visit www.shrp.com.

Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 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 the Champion Energy Services 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.

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