-photo by Coady Photography
|Wowzer Won Wows the Crowd in the $20,000 Live Oak Stakes at SHRP on Saturday, May 2
(Saturday, May 2, 2009) - Wowzer Won stunned the crowd in
tonight’s $20,000 Live Oak Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.
This weekend marked the grand re-opening of Sam Houston Race Park,
featuring the return of live racing, the debut of Value Day, and
the 135th running of the Kentucky Derby.
The $20,000 Live Oak Stakes, the 10th race on tonight’s
extended 12-race card, featured a field of nine horses, ages three
years old and up, racing 350 yards. The field featured Snowy Alibi
as the morning line favorite at 2-1, with Wowzer Won coming in as
the second favorite at odds of 4-1.
Wowzer Won broke well from the starting gates, never looking back
as she raced to the finish in a time of :17.67 on the fast track.
The four-year-old mare was ridden by jockey Russel Hadley, who said,
“It was a perfect race.”
After a string of second place finishes, Wowzer Won seems to be
finding her groove under the workout regimen of trainer Jesse Yoakum
and owner Kathleen O. Matey.
“Jesse’s got her right where we want her. I ran her
a few times last year, and we agreed she’s even faster this
year than she was last year,” commented Hadley. “Last
year, every time I ran her, it seemed like she’d have little
problems - kind of a trouble pony -but now Jesse’s got her
100%, and she’s something else.”
Wowzer Won paid her betting fans $18.20. The final order of finish
for the Live Oak Stakes featured Executive Looks ($4.80) in second
and Reba Cleata ($4.20) finishing third, followed by Ace All Star,
Snowy Alibi, Ace Zoomin Fancy, Pac N Zoom, Red Maverick Warrior,
and Dashing O Toole.
In addition to live Quarter Horse racing events, the Verizon Wireless
Summer Concert Series on the Bud Light stage featured 80s rocker
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts with special guests The Smithereens
at The Showgrounds (www.theshowgrounds.com)
immediately following the live racing program.