Big Bad N Brown
-photo by Coady Photography
|Surprise Win by Big Bad N Brown in the $15,000 Universal City Stakes on Saturday, May 9 at SHRP
(Saturday, May 9, 2009) - Sam Houston Race Park enjoyed
its second weekend of live racing events, highlighted by the $18,750
Universal City Stakes on Saturday, May 9, 2009. The extended 11-race
card featured several of the top American Quarter Horses including
JC My Diamond Man, Blue Ribbon Dash and Heza Marquette Maker; however;
the race ushered in a new star, Big Bad N Brown, who took top honors.
The 870-yard race, designated for horses ages three and up, featured
Big Bad N Brown as the second favorite at morning line odds of 4-1.
Owned by P.J. Schachle and trained by R.C. Mike Howell, the five-year-old
gelding broke well from the start and kept a steady pace at the
front guided by jockey Gaspar Garcia.
“I thought he ran a great race. We had a good spot being
on the inside, and he really took off about midway through the turn,”
Garcia is no stranger to the winner’s circle, taking home
The Park’s Leading Jockey title in 2008, as well as taking
the same title at Retama Park in Selma, Texas.
Big Bad N Brown finished in front of Blue Ribbon Dash by a head
in a time of :45.372 and paid his betting fans $13.20. Jess Ina
Bluedress finished third, followed by Rakin In Cyn, Heza Marquette
Maker, JC My Diamond Man and Fasterthan a Bullet.
In addition to Saturday’s live racing event, the FREE Value
Day Fun Zone area featured Bark’s 5th Avenue and the Disc-functional
frisbee dog team, giant bounce houses for kids, hot food off the
grill, Beers of the World and more! Following the afternoon’s
events was a performance by Austin-based duo Ghostland Observatory,
part of the 2009 Verizon Wireless Concert Series on the Bud Light
Live American Quarter Horse racing continues at The Park every
Friday, Saturday and Sunday in May. For ticket information visit