|Stolis Winner Looks to Become All-Time
Leading Money Earner in $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap on Saturday
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Wednesday, September 29, 2010) -
History can be made at Lone Star Park this Saturday night in the
14th Running of the Grade 1, $100,000 Refrigerator Handicap when
Stolis Winner, winner of the 2008 All-American Futurity at Ruidoso
Downs and the 2009 Texas Classic Derby at Lone Star Park, attempts
to become the all-time leading money earning American Quarter Horse
Stolis Winner, who has won 12 of 19 starts and earned $2,097,731
is currently only $28,578 behind all-time leader Refrigerator, who
earned $2,126,309 during his career, and could move to the top of
the all-time money list with the $55,000 winner’s share in
the race named for the current leader and two-time world champion.
Regular rider and all-time money earning jockey G. R. Carter, Jr.
will ride for trainer Heath Taylor.
“He’s training well and schooled at the gate this
morning exceptionally well,” said Taylor. “I’ve
been coming to this race for a lot of years and this is the toughest,
deepest Refrigerator Handicap from top to bottom that I’ve
ever seen. This is as good an older horse race as there’s
been in the country this year.
“Obviously he’ll have to run better than his last
race (Sam Houston Classic) when he stumbled coming away from the
gate and had a significant bump that cost him some ground and time,”
added Taylor noting that all five horses that finished ahead of
Stolis Winner in that race are entered in the Refrigerator Handicap.
“And besides those five, there are four others in the race
who are just as good.”
Among the top challengers standing in the way of history for Stolis
Winner, who has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite by Lone
Star Park oddsmaker Rick Lee, are Double Bar S Ranch LLC’s
Jess You and I and 2009 Lone Star Park leading owner Debra Gotovac’s
Jess You and I is coming into the race off of two consecutive
stakes wins, including the $250,000 Remington Park Invitational
Championship in his last race on May 29, while Swingin Daddyo has
won five of his last six, including a win in the $873,000 Rainbow
Derby on July 24 and a second-place finish in the $569,000 Ruidoso
QH Derby on June 12 both at Ruidoso Downs.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds
listed in parenthesis, consists of: Mon Ti Stoli (Martin Rubalcava,
20-1); Stolis Winner (G. R. Carter, Jr., 9-5); Jess You and I (Ricky
Ramirez, 5-2); Charal Kid (Santos Carrizales, 20-1); Comin Thru
(Rodrigo Vallejo, 12-1); Split Curl Diva (David Brown, 6-1); Point
of Deception (Adalberto Candanosa, 20-1); Swingin Daddyo (Cody Wainscott,
5-1); Vodka With Ice (Jose Alvarez, 30-1); and King Brimmerton (Russel
The Refrigerator Handicap is Race 9 of the 10-race card and is
scheduled for 9:47 p.m.