|Ronas Cover Girl Wins the $52,429
Dixie Stallion Stakes Futurity at SHRP
13, 2003) - Tonight’s feature, the $52,429 Dixie Stallion
Stakes (RG3) showcased the ten fastest qualifiers from trials run
June 29. Ronas Cover Girl, the second fastest qualifier, prevailed
at the wire, breaking her maiden and winning the first stakes of
her career. The 2-year-old daughter of Ronas Ryon is owned by Bobby
D. Cox and trained by John Buchanan. Rider Rodrigo Vallejo guided
her to victory, completing the 350-yard stakes in a time of :18.250.
"She’s just green," said Buchanan. "We’ve
only run her once and wanted to wait on her a little bit. She’s
out of a half-thoroughbred mare, which Bobby really likes and he
pointed her to this futurity and some later races in the year. She’s
a Ronas Ryan and they do everything right."
The race was delayed almost ten minutes when First Countess, the
fastest qualifier, flipped in the gate and was scratched from the
race. She was held behind the gate and was walked back barn area,
but her rider, J.R. Ramirez, suffered an injury to his right arm.
He took off his mounts in the final two races and was driven to
the hospital for x-rays and further evaluation.
Ronas Cover Girl ($6.00) nosed out JLS War Chief, ridden by Bill
McClaran at the wire. Dashing And Cute Too ran third.
"The way we left there, I thought, 'they'll never catch me',
" said McLaran. "Then I saw the horse on the outside and
thought, 'oh man'. I thought I won it until I came back and saw
the numbers. When they reloaded him, I think it helped him. He was
a little anxious that first time. Usually, it takes away from you,
but it helped him. He went back in quiet and not as anxious."
Buchanan and Cox will keep Ronas Cover Girl at Sam Houston Race
Park and point her toward either the TQHA Sires’ Cup Futurity
or the Sam Houston Futurity.
John Deere Distance Challenge Trial Results
In earlier action on the card, trials were run for the $15,000-added
John Deere Distance Challenge, which will be one of the five stakes
races as part of the Texas Summer Showdown at Sam Houston Race Park
on Friday, July 25.
The fastest qualifier was last year’s champion, Wasting
No Cash ($2.80) for owners Jerry Ann & Bob Gaston. The 5-year-old
son of Takin On The Cash drew the rail and used that favorable inside
post to complete the 870-yards in a time of 45.170. Wasting No Cash
is trained by Heath Taylor and was ridden by Gilbert Ortiz.
Sam Houston Race Park
John Deere Texas Distance Challenge Trials
Trials: Sunday, July 13, 2003
Finals: Friday, July 25, 2003
THREE-YEAR-OLDS & UP - 870 Yards
|Wasting No Cash
|Special D Dash
||Jerry Lee Yoakum
|Heza Fast Star
|A Glint of Gold
||Jerry Lee Yoakum
|TKS Legs Diamond
||Janet Van Bebber
Track Record: Traveling Legacy :44.70 - August 27, 1994.