|Favored Sixes Liaison Victorious in the Grade 1 $346,700 Sam Houston Futurity at SHRP
(Houston, Texas - Friday, July 2, 2010) - Sam Houston Race
Park kicked off the July 4th holiday weekend with live racing featuring
over $500,000 in total purse money, including the Grade 1 $346,700
Sam Houston Futurity and the Grade 2 $113,250 Sam Houston Derby,
on Friday, July 2, 2010. Trials for both stakes races were run on
June 18th and 19th.
The $113,250 Sam Houston Derby was the seventh race on the night’s
10-race card and showcased three-year-olds racing a distance of
400 yards on a muddy track.
Favorite Acorn broke sharp and gained command early on, charging
at the final pole for a clear win. The three-year-old brown gelding,
fresh off his win as the fastest qualifier in the trial races for
the Sam Houston Derby, topped his qualifying time tonight and finished
in :19.647. Ridden by one of The Park’s veteran jockeys, James
Brooks, and trained by top trainer Janet Van Bebber, Acorn notched
his fifth overall win and fourth at The Park.
“I think the team we have with the jockey and owner of this
horse is one of the best,” commented Van Bebber. “The
communication between this team is phenomenal, and I think we owe
a lot of the success to that.”
Acorn is owned and bred in Texas by Rose Mary Chandler.
Final placement in the Sam Houston Derby featured Azoomin With
Jessie in second and Heza Hotdoggin in third, followed by Gallant
Corona, Jess Navigating, Straight Stoli, Zoomin On By, Ragazzo,
Corona Mild and Turbulenz.
The ninth race on the night’s card was the $346,700 Sam
Houston Futurity, the richest purse of the 2010 Quarter Horse meet
at The Park, showcasing two-year-olds sprinting 350 yards on a sloppy
The fastest qualifier for the Sam Houston Futurity was Sixes Liaison,
who proved best in the final tonight. The two-year-old gray colt
broke sharply and gained command in a fight to the finish line.
A stewards' inquiry regarding a bump at the starting gate was made,
and after deliberation and review, Sixes Liaison was declared the
winner, finishing in a time of :17.557.
“The horse slipped a little at the first but came through
okay,” commented jockey Saul Ramirez, Jr. “He’s
now three for three - a really awesome colt that’s hard to
Sixes Liaison is trained by Bobby Martinez and owned by Ted G.
“He’s been training really good,” commented
Martinez. “We worked him at Manor, and I kept saying ‘He’s
a stakes horse, I know it.’”
Abrams Sr. noted, “Bobby has trained him really well, handles
him well, and doesn’t overwork him. Next up we’re looking
to take him to the Dash for Cash at Lone Star or to Ruidoso.”
Sixes Liaison remains perfect with a three-for-three record and
paid his betting fans $5.40 for the win tonight.
The remainder of the 10-horse field featured Zoomarco in second
and Aquafina in third, followed by DM Oak Tree Special, Run Naked,
Jumpn Shake, Eyezoom 123, Awe Contraire, Flyers Copy and Tell Who
Friday’s events also featured Vans Warped Tour, a day-long
music and extreme sports festival featuring multiple stages and
more than 80 bands performing.
In addition to live Quarter Horse racing events on Friday night,
The Park hosted 50¢ Draft Beer Night, presented by Houston
Press, featuring 50¢ draft beer available from 5:30 p.m.
to 10:00 p.m.