-photo by Coady Photography
|Mairis Cartel Breaks His Maiden
in the $15,250 Spring Branch Stakes at SHRP
Texas (June 12, 2004) - Mairis Cartel, a 2-year-old son of Corona
Cartel, was the upset winner in tonight's feature at Sam Houston
Race Park, the $15,250 Spring Branch Stakes. Owned by BADD Hoss's
of Corpus Christi, Mairis Cartel was making just the second start
of his career. He ran second on June 4 and trainer James Gerhards
had enough faith in his ability that he thought he'd take a shot
a tonight's stakes.
"We needed that out last week and were glad to see him run
so well tonight," said Gerhards. "They sent him to us
from Mexico and said the horse could run."
Rider Danny Lavergne, who has been on a hot streak over the last
two weeks, had the mount. Breaking from the fifth post position,
Mairis Cartel broke well and was driving down the center of the
racetrack. Another Corona Cartel colt, Sailing Cartel, came flying
at the wire. A photo finish determined that Mairis Cartel won by
a nose. The final time of the 330-yard stakes, over a fast track,
"He was a little excited in the paddock, but once he got
on the track, he calmed down," said Lavergne. "He's a
super horse to ride. He stood perfectly in the gates and has a really
good head on his shoulders."
Six Persimmons, the morning line favorite, finished fourth, but
a claim of foul was lodged against Six Persimmons and his rider,
Mark Page, by Michael Phillips, the rider of Ponte Bars Kinda Man.
Six Persimmons was disqualified and place tenth following a steward's
Mairis Cartel, sent off at 11-1, returned $24.80 to win, $12.00
to place and $6.00 to show. The 5-9 exacta paid $253 and the trifecta
with Dash Ta Jane returned $2,650. Dash Ta Jane, Strawberry Shakes,
Eyes Away, Tuff Corona, Will Munny and Man With Money completed
the order of finish.
News and Notes
Jockey Danny Lavergne continues to ride impressively in the 2004
American Quarter Horse meeting at Sam Houston Race Park. Last Saturday,
Lavergne won four races on the card, the first time in his 30-year
career that he had accomplished that feat. This evening, he did
it again, winning the Spring Branch Stakes and three other races.