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Dashtothe Millennium Returns to the Winner's Circle in the $14,250 Stephen F. Austin Stakes at SHRP

Houston, Texas (May 22, 2004) - Dashtothe Millennium owned and trained by Robert L. "Bobby" Moore of Rosebud, Texas, returned to the winner's circle tonight at Sam Houston Race Park. The handsome gray, ridden by J. R. Ramirez, captured the $14,250 Stephen F. Austin Stakes.

The 6-year-old son of Royal Quick Dash is truly a "horse for the course" as he won three consecutive races last summer at Sam Houston Race Park. He made his first start of 2004 on April 24 where he ran second at Manor Downs. Tonight, he stumbled slightly out of the gate, but quickly got into stride and finished extremely well. He crossed the wire of the 350-yard stakes in a time of :17.890 and returned $9.80 for the win.

"We're really proud of him," said Crystal Moore, Bobby's wife. "He's been a great horse for us and he loves this racetrack. He's kind of hard to handle and difficult to haul in, but Bobby's done really well with him. We've planned out his meet, if everything goes okay. We'll try to run him in an allowance and then one of the stakes at the end of July (Texas Summer Showdown on Friday, July 29)."

Ryan O Toole ran second for owner Raul Rubalcava. The 3-year-old colt is trained by Rubalcava's son, Christian, who is just 18-years-old, but having some excellent results this meeting. Ryan O Toole was ridden by James N. Brooks, who was pleased with his colt's effort in tonight's stakes.

"It was a great trip," said Brooks. "He broke super. We got about a length from the winning horse, but he just ran him down. He ran a great race. I got all I could get while I could."

Dashtothe Millennium, sent off as the second betting choice, paid $9.40 to win, $4.40 to place and $3.20 to show. The 5-8 exacta paid $175.60 and the trifecta with Midnitraintogeorgia returned $834.00. Shake Em White, Gift in Cash, Turfinator, Ronas Wind Dancer and Silver Ease completed the order of finish. Unforgettable Memory was an early scratch.

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