Makeala Returns to the Winner's Circle in Sam Houston Race Park's $25,250 Harris County Stakes

(Saturday, July 7, 2007) - There was much buzz about today’s date with the sevens aligned in a once in a lifetime fashion. The connections of Makeala didn’t need any lucky charms; they knew how good their filly was. Despite a layoff of 11 months, the talented Texas-bred returned in fine form to capture the $25,250 Harris County Stakes.

The winner is owned by Mickey W. Tiner of Angelton, Texas and trained by Bobby Touchet. Arturo Puga, who won the riding title at Retama Park, rode her to her victory in the 350-yard stakes in a time of :17.677.

“She came up with a little problem in the trials last August,” said Tiner in the winner’s circle following the race. “We had her laid off and Bobby took very good care of her. She was in probably the toughest company she has ever run with. We’re excited to see her come back and run this well. Hopefully she’ll be back on July 27 (Texas Summer Showdown) and the Sam Houston Classic.”

Toole N Round ran second with John Hamilton aboard for trainer Bobby Moore, Jr.

"She ran a good race,” commented Moore. “If everything looks good, we’ll enter in the Barnmaster (on July 27).”

Longshot Sixarun, ran third under rider Jose Alvarez. Mayor Mae was fourth, followed by Southern La Jolla, Joe Edna, Streak Foe Me, Desti Two, Jettin Chablis and Quickid Perry.

Makeala earned $15,150 for tonight’s victory and improved her career record to 6 wins from 12 starts.

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