|Solid Effort from Prime Talent
Results in a Stakes Win in the $15,500 Magnolia Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (June 26, 2004) - Prime Talent lived up
to his name this evening at Sam Houston Race Park as he surged to
the wire in tonight's stakes race, the $15,500 Magnolia Stakes.
The 4-year-old son of Corona Cartel was bred in Oklahoma by Pheenix
Shaw (sic) and Sylvia Pittman and owned by Pittman and Bill Stanley.
Trainer John Buchanan reunited Prime Talent with rider Juan Vasquez
who rode the bay colt for the majority of his 2003 races. Vasquez
handled the assignment with confidence and surged to the wire a
length ahead of Ronas Wind Dancer. The final time of the 350-yard
stakes over a muddy track was :17.574.
"I rode him most of last year and always knew he was a nice
horse," said Vasquez. "Tonight he ran a heck of a race."
Buchanan shipped Prime Talent to Remington Park on May 15 in an
attempt to qualify him for the Grade 1 MBNA Challenge Championship.
Prime Talent ran seventh in that race, so Buchanan was pleased with
his performance tonight.
"We'll take him to Delta for to run trials for the MBNA Challenge
Championship at the end of July," said Buchanan. "Other
than that, we will keep him here; we'd prefer not to ship him and
just find a race here."
Ronas Wind Dancer, from the barn of Jeff Acuna, rallied for second
under rider Danny Lavergne.
"I was real pleased," commented Lavergne. "He didn't
get away last time (in the Stephen F. Austin Stakes). He kind of
lunged up out of there and didn't get a good break at all. This
time, he ran a big race and was gone. They caught me the last 20
yards. But I'm pleased with the way he ran."
Prime Talent was sent off as the post time favorite in the field
of 11 and paid $6.40 to win, $5.00 to place and $5.60 to show. The
3-5 exacta returned $55.80 and the trifecta with Rowdy O Toole,
paid $569.60. Snow Warning, Shaky Embrujo, Hesa Lil Bit High, Sir
Speedy Duncan, Midnitranitogeorgia, Shake Em Wizar, Joyalty and
Magic Jess Perry completed the order of finish.