|Sam Houston Race Park Rider Mark
Page Out for a Month with a Broken Wrist
July 28, 2004) - American Quarter Horse rider Mark Page was
injured this morning in a training accident at Sam Houston Race
Park and will be out of action for one month. Page, 43, currently
second in the rider standings at the northwest Houston racetrack,
suffered a hairline fracture of his right wrist.
Page, who has ridden both Quarter Horses and Thoroughbreds for
23 years, resides in Houston. He was having a very solid meet and
with 56 wins, trailed current leader Danny Lavergne, by just two
races. Page had been named on six mounts on the Thursday evening
card and seven on Friday's Texas Summer Showdown program.
"I'm disappointed because things had been going so well this
meet," commented Page. "But these things happen in racing
and I should be back in
Eight Trial Races Set for Saturday Night at Sam Houston
On Saturday, July 31, the card will feature eight trials for the
2004 TQHA Sale Futurity. Yearlings purchased in the 2003 TQHA Yearling
Sale are eligible to run in the trials with the ten fastest qualifiers
returning in finals on Saturday, August 14.
Some of the top 2-year-olds competing in Saturday's trials include
Azoom, who finished second in the $134,748 TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity
(RG2) on June 20. The speedy colt, bred in Texas by Jerry Windham
was purchased at the 2003 TQHA Yearling Sale for $62,000 by Enrique
Carrion of Veracruz, Mexico. He was the fastest qualifier in trials
for the TQHA Sires' Cup Futurity, covering 350-yards in :17.475.
Rodrigo Vallejo will ride him in Saturday's trials. Kathy's Star
Quest, winner of the $268,230 Manor Downs Futurity on May 2, is
also entered in trials. She was purchased for $7,500 at the 2003
TQHA Yearling Sale and has now won three of her five starts for
owner Euservio Huitron of Austin. Trainer Joe Chapa has named J.
R. Ramirez to ride the bay filly.
Post time for the Saturday card is 7:00 p.m. with the eight trials
running as races 2 - 9.