|Brown Special Captures the $14,250
Harrisburg Handicap at SHRP
Houston, Texas (August
21, 2004) - Brown Special continued his winning ways, remaining
undefeated this season at Sam Houston Race Park and winning the
first stakes of his career, the $14,250 Harrisburg Handicap.
The 4-year-old Oklahoma-bred gelding is owned by John Richard
Wall of Longview, Texas and trained by Sam Houston Race Park leading
conditioner, Janet Van Bebber. Tonight's victory was his sixth in
a row and fourth this meeting at Sam Houston Race Park. John Hamilton
was in the irons and had a great deal of confidence that Brown Special
could handle the jump in class to stakes company. He crossed the
wire of the 550-yard contest in a final time of :27.504, with the
fast-closing Alabama Schoolboy running second and Texi Gogo Girl
"I knew he was going to give us 100%; he always does,"
said Hamilton. "We were a little hesitant about stepping him
up, but we didn't have anywhere else to go. He had the talent; all
I had to do is hold on."
"This horse has been such a pleasure to train," commented
Van Bebber. "He's done everything we've asked of him and more,
so he deserved the opportunity and he didn't disappoint us. And
second to that is Richie (owner Richard Wall), who has allowed me
to place the horse where I want and to run him as often or infrequently
as I saw fit. That has really helped increased the horse's success."
"This is the only Quarter Horse that I have ever owned,"
said Wall. "It's been a great experience."
Running second in the Harrisburg Handicap for the second year
in a row was Alabama Schoolboy owned by Carl J. Chaisson and trained
by Carl Crawford.
"That 4 horse got away from us at the start," said rider,
Patrick Watson. "My horse was gaining the whole way once we
got rolling, but the winner just had too much of a getaway."
"I just got him from the farm earlier this year," said
Crawford. "He was bred to a few mares and ran a big race at
Delta. I wanted to win, but we just ran out of room. There may be
a race at Evangeline for him, but we are planning to bring him back
in November to compete in the Generation Stakes on November 5."
Texi Gogo Girl, a 4-year-old filly making her first start since
November 25, outran her odds of 28-1 and finished third.
"Well, she didn't do too good from out of the gate,"
said jockey Jose Vega. "But as soon as she started from there
- about 100 yards - she started running and she was coming real
fast from the back. She was coming hard to the wire."
Sent off as the second betting choice, Brown Special returned
$9.00, $$5.40 and $4.80 across the board. The 4-5 exacta returned
$21.80 and the 4-5-2 trifecta paid $736.80. The remainder of the
field included Miss Ashante, Don't Blink Girls, Cat B Quick, Unforgetable
Memory and Jims Mark. Jw Spiderman was an early scratch.
With his victory tonight, Brown Special joined two other American
Quarter Horses with perfect four-for-four records throughout the
2004 Sam Houston Race Park live meet. Thunder O Toole and Sunsets
Magic are each undefeated to date with four victories each.