-photo by Coady Photography
-photo by Coady Photography
|Disqualification in the $50,130 AQHA Texas Maiden Challenge Puts Second-Place Finisher Tearful in the Winner's Circle at SHRP
(Saturday, June 20, 2009) - For the second straight time
this month, Tearful has made her way to the winner’s circle,
this time taking the $50,130 AQHA Texas Maiden Challenge on Friday,
The field of eight got off to a shaky start when MSM Black Velvet
flipped in the starting gate and was declared ineligible by Park
veterinarian Dr. Gary Frakes. Buffalo Bayou crossed the finish line
first, but the five-year-old horse illegally crossed paths with
several of the competitors, resulting in a disqualification ruling
by Park stewards. Due to the disqualification, top honors were awarded
to Tearful, a three-year-old filly ridden by jockey Rudy Bustamante.
“She did everything perfect. I couldn’t have asked
her to do any better,” commented Bustamante. “We were
lucky tonight, and I have to thank my good friend for giving me
the mount today.” Jockey Jose Alvarez qualified Tearful in
the trials on June 4 but decided to ride Prioritizin in the final.
“Jose qualified Tearful for us, but he chose to ride another
horse, so we picked up Rudy and he did an excellent job,”
said trainer Tooter Jordan. “Rudy has a lot of experience
and had a great ride on the filly. We were really fortunate to pick
him up for the Maiden Challenge tonight.”
Tearful, owned by Tearful Racing LP, finished the 350-yard race
in a time of :17.917. The filly paid her betting fans $10.80 for
“Obviously we had some racing luck tonight. We ran a close
second, but after seeing the photo, I thought we actually crossed
the finish line first,” Jordan said. “This filly has
been a great filly. We bought her in the TQHA sale, and she qualified
for the two-year-old TQHA Futurity last year. But you will notice
in the replay of tonight’s race that she has a problem getting
away from the gate and doesn’t leave very strong, but always
comes on strong at the end.”
After scoring her second consecutive win, Jordan is looking to
place Tearful in the Sam Houston Derby on August 28.
“We’ve got her paid in the Sam Houston Derby right
now. This was a maiden race, but she’s made the finals of
two or three pretty good little stakes,” stated Jordan. “She’s
been right there every time, running second, third or fourth. We’ll
see if she comes back good off of this race, and we look forward
to running her a little further in the 400-yard Derby.”
Final placement featured Prioritizin finishing second, Big Bizooms
in third, followed by Madam Corona, The Jess Account, Speciallootahwarrior
and Jazzi Jake.
Saturday’s live race card was highlighted by the $23,750
Stephen F. Austin Stakes, featuring three-year-olds and up racing
350 yards. Longshot Sought After finished first by a head, rewarding
his betting fans with a win payout of $26.60. Trained by Yasmine
Medina-Fierro and ridden by jockey Donaciano Arriaga, the five-year-old
gelding dueled head-to-head with fan favorite Gray Invasion before
crossing the finish line in a time of :18.171.
Final placement in the seven-horse field featured Gray Invasion
in second, This Flights For You in third, followed by TFB Rock Me
Baby, Streakin Illusively, Red Maverick Warrior and Ja Desert Evening.
Saturday’s live racing event was followed by a performance
from Eddie Money with Lou Gramm in the Verizon Wireless Summer Concert
Series on the Bud Light stage.