|Fastest Qualifier Redgaf Wins the
$23,760 Professional's Choice Texas Challenge at SHRP
July 20, 2003) - For the first time in the 2003 American Quarter
Horse meeting at Sam Houston Race Park, the fastest qualifier in
trials came through to win the final race. Redgaf, owned by Dallas
Blakely and R. P. Stuart, of Fort Worth, Texas, was brilliant tonight
capturing the $23,760 Professional’s Choice Texas Challenge.
The 3-year-old son of First Place Dash broke his maiden last summer
at Sam Houston Race Park and ran an excellent race in trials on
July 4. Rider Eddie Cox, Jr., who rode Redgaf to victory in the
trials, had the mount again this evening. He guided the Texas-bred
gelding to the wire of the 350-yard stakes in a time of :17.890.
"This horse had been having a little trouble in the gates,"
said Cox. "We made an equipment change and he’s been
leaving (the gates) much better. He ran a fantastic race in the
trials and tonight he was a little nervous in the paddock. I just
tried to calm him down and keep him as quiet as I could in the gates."
"We’ve had a lot of excitement with him the last couple
of times," said Gilmer. "I do think that he’ll eventually
calm down. He tends to be high strung and nervous, but once he gets
out on the track he knows how to take care of business."
"His mama was like that in the saddling paddock, too,"
said Blakely. "I’d like to thank Tooter Jordan. He put
the early training and breaking in this colt."
Rowdy O Toole, the second fastest qualifier in trials, ran second
under rider Martin Rubalcava.
"He didn't leave too good," said Rubalcava. "By
the time he got out, the winner was out about 100 yards. I thought
I had a good shot to win it, but things happen; that’s racing."
Redgaf, sent off at odds of 7-1, paid $16.20 to win, $6.00 to
place and $4.20 to how. The 7-3 exacta paid $49.60. The 7-3-1 trifecta
returned $222.40. Completing the order of finish were Rg Sheza Trendy
Lady, Fast And Best, Especially Smashing, Mr Special Colors, Luck
And Cash, Yawls Special Top and Ten Quick Dollars.
Owner Blakely indicated that Redgaf will probably make his next
start at Lone Star before shipping to Los Alamitos for the $75,000
Professional’s Choice Challenge Championship to be run on