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The Park Rounds Out a Busy Weekend of Live American Quarter Horse Races & The 11th Annual TQHA Yearling Sale & Expo on Friday, July 24 & Saturday, July 25, 2009


Jack Coady/Coady PhotographyHOUSTON (July 25, 2009)—Sam Houston Race Park ( had a big weekend of events between live racing stakes worth more than $600,000 in purse money and the 11th Annual Texas Quarter Horse Association (TQHA) Yearling Sale presented by Spring Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge on July 24 & 25, 2009.  The annual event spread across two days and featured more than 380 American Quarter Horses with La Toscana, a Bay Filly out of 7-time stakes winner Feature Mr Jess and Las Alamitos, taking the top bid in the sale.

The highlight of the weekend’s races came on Saturday, which featured a special post time of 7 p.m., with the $408,729 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1).  Favored horse Turbulenz (3-1) broke well and surged at the end taking a commanding lead and finishing the 350-yard race in a time of :17.790. 

“It was a fantastic win tonight and I am real proud of him and the team behind this win,” said owner Bobby D. Cox.  “You just never know how it’s going to go each time out and tonight there were 9 great horses we were up against but this team is really supportive and believed in him and I just couldn’t be happier.”

The 2-year-old gelding is trained by John S. Buchanan and was ridden by jockey Russel Hadley, both of whom are in The Park’s top five in their respective fields, along with Cox.   

This is a good horse all the way around. Tooter [Jordan] had him first and said he was good and all we had to do was keep him healthy and here we are,” said Buchanan.  “We are thinking about sending him to Ruidoso next to see how he likes the mountain air.”

Turbulenz ($5.60) was the fastest qualifier from the trials on July 10 and has notched three consecutive wins at The Park.

“The horse did what I hoped he would do in this race from the time we stepped onto the track,” commented jockey Hadley. “He’s been really healthy and we tried some new things with him, he responded well through training sessions and it all seemed to come together and work out tonight.”
The remainder of the 10-horse field featured Straight Stoli in second, followed by Demonstrative in third, La Jolla Street, Legendary Seis, Witch Trick, Aye Yi Yi, This Hawk Can Fly, Kite Flyer and Poison Sumac.   

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