|Four Exciting Stakes and Bellamy Brothers Concert Highlight the TQHA Summer Showdown at Sam Houston
(July 28, 2006) - Sam Houston Race Park hosted one of the
most exciting nights of the 2006 American Quarter Horse meeting,
the Texas Summer Showdown. Today marked the first day of the annual
TQHA Yearling Sale and tonight’s ten-race card featured four
stakes races. An enthusiastic crowd was in attendance, enjoying
the stakes action as well as a live concert following the evening’s
races by popular performing artists, the Bellamy Brothers.
In the $45,250 TQHA Classic Stakes, it was back-to-back stakes
wins for Flor de Lirio, a 4-year-old filly owned by Zeferino T.
Garcia of Houston. Claimed for $7,500, the talented filly has blossomed
this year for trainer Janie Hernandez, winning the $13,500 Harris
County Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on June 24 and returning
to the winner’s circle tonight. Armando Andrade piloted Flor
de Lirio to victory, covering the 400-yard stakes in a time of :20.210
over a fast track..
The race was marred by the scratch of defending champion, Si Puede.
The 4-year-old filly, voted 2005 Sam Houston Race Park Horse of
the Meeting, became fractious in the saddling paddock and reared
up and fell. She was declared out of the race by the stewards and
was vanned back to her barn. Trainer Dave Correll was reached for
comment and stated that the 4-year-old filly, who had won 14 of
her lifetime starts owner Lukin Gilliland, was undergoing evaluation
and would be xrayed.
With the earlier scratch of Wings of La Jolla and the scratch
in the paddock of Si Puede, a field of nine left the gate and Flor
de Lirio drew off with La Jollaroid finishing second.
“She surprised me,” said Hernandez. “I knew this
would be a hard race with Si Puede in there. It was sad to see what
happened to her. We claimed this filly for $7,500 and she's won
two stakes here. Our owners were not afraid to run against Si Puede;
they really believe in this filly. They ran almost the same speed
index when our filly won the Harris County Stakes and Si Puede won
her allowance (on July 15)."
Flor de Lirio, sent off at 8-1, paid $18.00 for the win. La Jollaroid,
Love My Dash and Surprisingly Special completed the top four spots.
The $45,500 TQHA “550” Stakes produced an exciting
finish with a dead-heat for the win between Fast Rythum and Cash
On Black, crossing the finish line in a winning time of 27.736.
Fast Rythum is owned by Joel Pierce and trained by Toby Keeton.
Jesse Yoakum trains Cash On Black for owners Sylviane and Ramey
B. Metz. Jockeys Alfonso Lujan and Rodrigo Vallejo had the winning
“He left real good away from the gate and just kept digging
in the whole way,” said Lujan of Fast Rythum. “He battled
with the 3 horse and put his whole heart into the race. I thought
it was close; I couldn't tell if I had won or the other horse. It
was nice that we both won.”
Cash On Black paid $9.40 and Fast Rythum returned $7.40 for the
win. Splendid Sam Perry was third followed by the favorite, Natural
The $45,250 Barnmaster Sprint Stakes at 250 yards, drew a competitive
field of 10. The winner was Shake Em Fever for owners Betty and
Bob Moore of Temple, Texas. Judd Kearl is the trainer of the 4-year-old
gelding and was ridden to victory by James Brooks in a winning time
“I am elated,” said Betty Moore in the winner’s
circle following the race. “We bred her and are so proud.
She usually gets out (of the gates) really well. If she gets out
without a mistake, it's hard to catch her. It was getting close
and we were thrilled that she held on.”
Shake Em Fever paid $21.80 for the win. Ronas Wind Dancer with
Rodrigo Vallejo aboard ran second and Phoebes Otoole secured closed
Defending champion, Jack Zee Quick was sent off as the post-time
favorite, but was bumped and finished eighth.
“We didn’t get away real good,”said trainer
Matt Baker. “The horse turned his head they kicked him. The
start is so important with Quarter Horses, especially with these
250-yard races. He’s a better horse than that and hopefully
he comes out of the race okay and is sound. He’ll have a few
more outs here this summer.”
The Moore family had another reason to celebrate as Coup De Victory
captured the $22,000 TQHA Starter Stakes for owner and trainer Bobby
L. Moore, Jr. The 4-year-old gelding was ridden to victory in the
350-yard sprint by Alfonso Lujan in a time of :17.994.
“I'm very excited,” said Moore, who celebrated his
38th birthday tonight. “This horse was just sitting on go.
I gave him some time off because we hammered on him on him quite
a bit early on. I had a gut feeling that this night would be good
“He came super off the layoff from his last race,”
added Lujan. “ He was ready to go tonight; he broke well and
dug in a ran a good race. Bobby does a good job with his horses;
he's a true horseman and knows his horses very well.”
First Down Pay ran second and Truly Seis was third, followed by
the heavy favorite, Streak Foe Me.
“She has been running hard, so I think she just needs a little
rest,”commented her regular rider, James Brooks. “Her
last win in a $40,000 stakes race was against the girls and this
one was open. I think she could’ve won though, she just needs
to freshen up a little.”
Live racing resumes on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. with trials for the
TQHA Sires Cup Derby as well as the final of the $343,305 TQHA Sale