|Apollos Darlin Captures the First
Stakes of the 2003 Quarter Horse meeting at SHRP
June 27, 2003) - Racing fans and followers of the Honky Tonk
country music artist, Jerry Jeff Walker packed Sam Houston Race
Park as the 2003 American Quarter Horse meeting kicked off tonight.
Ten live races were carded including the feature, the $14,000 Harris
A field of eight runners went to the gate and under a confident
ride from Randy Edison, Apollos Darlin captured the first stakes
of the 43-day meeting. Owned and bred by the Mitchell Ranch and
trained by Janet Van Bebber, the 3-year-old filly completed the
350 yard distance in a time of :17:710.
"Janet told me she would be happy if we ran third,"
said Edison. "The filly broke well and I stayed after her and
she came through and ran a good race."
Trainer Van Bebber was the leading trainer at Sam Houston Race
Park in both 2001 and 2002. She was thrilled to win the stakes for
longtime owner Gober Mitchell and his family.
"Our biggest objective with this filly was to get her black-typed,"
said Van Bebber. "The Mitchell family is involved in breeding
and they keep their horses for several generations, so we tried
to do everything we could do to improve their pedigree. We’re
thrilled with this result; we wanted to run in the top three and
she’s honest. It just goes to show that being an honest athlete
makes you keeps you capable of getting the job done anytime."
Dashin La Jolla, trained by Dave Correll for owner Bob Weik, rallied
for second. She was making her first start since last August and
ran a nice race under rider Jerry Lee Yoakum.
"She really needed the race," admitted Yoakum. "She
had not ran since she won the (TQHA Sires' Futurity) last year.
This was just to get her ready for her next race. She ran a good
race. I feel confident she will run big next time."
Apollos Darlin, was sent off as the fourth betting choice at odds
of 9-1 and paid $20.40, $7.80 and $3.60 across the board. The 6-7
exacta returned $68.20 and the trifecta with favorite, Mj Gold paid
Jiffy Lube Opening Weekend continues on Saturday, June 28 with
ten races beginning at 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, June 29 with a 5:00
p.m. post time. There will be a special holiday live race card on
Friday, July 4 beginning at 5:00 p.m. Following the races, Sam Houston
Race Park will present its popular Foley’s & The Fourth
Shiney Sign Fastest Qualifier for the Bayer Texas Challenge
Trials were held on Friday, June 27, for the Bayer Texas Challenge
Championship (G1). Fifteen Quarter Horses competed in two trials
and Shiney Sign, owned by Mac Cavasar was the fastest qualifier.
The 3-year-old colt completed the 400-yard trial in a time of :19.850.
Trained by Duane Hartsell, Shiney Sign won the 2002 Sam Houston
Futurity and was honored as Sam Houston Race Park Champion Texas-bred
and 2-Year-Old of the Meeting.
The finals will take place on Saturday, July 12. The complete
list of qualifiers is as follows:
Bayer Legend Derby Trials
Trials: Friday, June 27, 2003
Finals: Saturday, July 12, 2003
THREE-YEAR-OLDS - 400 Yards
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