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COMIN THRU WINS $50,000 SAM HOUSTON CLASSIC (G2) AT SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK
Stolis Winner Gets Upset By Comin Thru Who Collects His Fourth Straight Win at The Park on Friday, August 13, 2010
HOUSTON (August 14, 2010)—Sam Houston Race Park (www.shrp.com) hosted a solid race card with 11 live Quarter Horse races, including the night’s featured race, the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2), on Friday, August 13, 2010.
Favored horse Stolis Winner was searching for his title as the richest Quarter horse in history, but came up short in one of the most exciting races of the season. If the 4-year-old gelding had won the Sam Houston Classic tonight he would’ve become the sport’s all-time leading money winner, pushing his earnings to $2,127,731 and surpassing the great Refrigerator.
However, tonight’s featured race was all about Comin Thru, who nabbed his fourth consecutive win at The Park. The 4-year-old crossed the finish line first in a time of :21.61. Comin Thru broke sharply out of the starting gate and held a steady gain all the way up to the wire, reaching a speed index of 98. Comin Thru paid fans $16.00 for his win.
Comin Thru also collected the stakes wins this season for the Barnmaster Sprint Stakes (RG3), which was part of the TQHA Summer Showdown events, and the Silestone Stakes. Both stakes wins took place in July 2010.
Comin Thru is trained by 2010 Leading Trainer of the Meet Judd Kearl and was guided across the finish line by jockey Rodrigo Sigala Vallejo.
“This horse is a tremendous athlete,” commented Kearl. “I wasn’t sure how he’d do at 440 yards, but he stepped up and showed us he’s capable of winning at this distance.”
Owner Mickey Tiner praised his trainer, stating that Kearl “is one of the sport’s best trainers and a really hard worker.”
“We owe this win to Judd,” commented Tiner. “He works hard seven days a week and does an excellent job.”
Judd S. Kearl claimed his third Trainer of the Meet title and closing out the season with 53 wins in 177 starts and purse money totaling in $329,910. Kearl, who owns and operates Ashwood Farms (www.ashwoodfarms.com) has notched five career training titles overall in Texas, from Manor Downs in Austin, to Lone Star Park in Dallas, Texas.
Kearl notes one of his top accomplishments for the Sam Houston meet includes Comin Thru a regular stakes winner ranked in the top ten for the 2010 American Quarter Horse Meet at Sam Houston Race Park. Comin Thru has7 wins in 19 starts and purse money totaling in $97,142.
Final placement in the 10-horse field featured Point Of Deception in second; followed by a dead heat for third between Charal Kid and King Brimmerton; Mon Ti Stoli, Stolis Winner, Bertha Venation and Blue Louisiana Jolla in a dead heat, That’s An Azoom and Miss Kips Streakin.
The Park hosted Fan Appreciation Dollar Day on Friday evening featuring tons of FREE giveaways plus live racing admission, live racing program, ice cream, hot dogs and soda each for only $1 each along with 50 Cent Beer Night presented by Houston Press and ESPN 97.5 offering fans 50 cent draft beer specials from 5:30 to 10 p.m.
To round out the 2010 Meet on Saturday, August 14th The Park will hold live racing events along with Party on the Patio featuring outdoor patio seating, hot food off the grill and $2 draft beer specials from 4 to 8 p.m. and closing out the 2010 Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage will be The New 107.5 The Eagle Rock & Races Day with performances from the Loverboy, Scandal & The Fabulous Thunderbirds.
The 2010 American Quarter Horse meet will conclude at The Park with live racing events Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August 14.
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, outstanding dining options at the Winner’s Circle Restaurant and the Champion Energy Services Jockey Club. Live Quarter Horse racing continues every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August 14 at Sam Houston Race Park. For more information on upcoming events and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.