|Van Bebber Runners Shine in the $343,305 TQHA Sale Futurity at Sam Houston Race Park
(July 29, 2006) - Trainer Janet Van Bebber qualified three
horses for the $343,305 TQHA Sale Futurity (RG1) tonight at Sam
Houston Race Park. The premier racing event showcases 2-year-old
American Quarter Horses that were purchased in the TQHA Yearling
Sale, held each July at Sam Houston Race Park.
Van Bebber and her owners did very well at last year’s sale
and were each rewarded in tonight’s final with Snowy Alibi
running his best career effort for owner D. D. Lightsey of Caldwell,
Texas. The chestnut gelding was bred in Texas by Narcisco Flores
and purchased at the 2005 TQHA Yearling Sale for $38,000 by Mr.
Lightsey. He was the fourth fastest qualifier in trials, crossing
the wire in :17.961 and besting that time in tonight’s victory,
covering 350-yards in :17.632.
The race was delayed when Bridled Lightnin, a filly trained by
Bobby Moore, Jr., broke through the gate and galloped down the racetrack.
She was caught without incident by the outrider and returned to
the gate. The remainder of the field was backed out and reloaded
minutes later, an event that helped Snowy Alibi, according to his
rider, Alfonso Lujan.
"He got a little nervous when that horse broke through the
gate,” recounted Lujan, who won four races on tonight’s
card. “When he was unloaded and came in a second time, he
was ready. He settled down and was ready to go. From the trials,
he learned how to run. He put it all together today and ran an outstanding
race. I want to thank Janet and the Lightseys for letting me ride
their horses. Janet does an outstanding job and I am happy to ride
Van Bebber had been in the exact same position one year ago as
she trained fastest qualifier, Shazoomer for owner Lou Phillips.
This year it was Streakin Illusively, a striking son of Streakin
La Jolla, who topped the qualifying with a time of :17.706. Streakin
Illusively finished third and Shakeatea, who was the second fastest
qualifier in trials, ran fourth.
"I'm very proud of all three of my colts,” said Van
Bebber. “They all three hit the board. Fastest qualifier,
Streakin Illusively false broke when the other broke through the
front of the gate. He hit his face badly and that deterred his final
effort. Snowy Alibi, on the other hand, backing out and reloading,
I think it did nothing but help him. He's been a nervous, somewhat
immature colt and that helped him get focused and get his game face
on. He was the professional that we thought he could be. The most
important factor of this race and the thing that I am most proud
of. I am so blessed to have owners that allow me to go out and pick
horses that I want and let me take them home. Even today, Mr. Lightsey
allowed me to pick a horse and sign that ticket so we can compete
in this race next year."
Splitting the Van Bebber trifecta was Look and Runaway, the sixth
fastest qualifier who outran her odds of 32-1 to finish second for
trainer Joseph Manucy and rider Dewey Smith.
“She run good,” said Smith. “Her and the five
horse hooked up, and we just got outfooted. But she ran really good.”
“For a 30-1 shot, this is tremendous,” proclaimed
Manucy. “This filly is really a game filly. When you see three
wins on a horse in five starts, she’s going to give you what
she’s got. She left (the gate) extremely well. Dewey came
all the way to Lafayette (Louisiana) to school her for me, and we
schooled her in the gate. He came all that way to school her and
to get to know her, because he’d never been on her. And it
worked out tonight. A lot of hard work paid off. Alfonso (Lujan),
I give him all the congratulations in the world (for riding the
race winner) because he qualified her for me, and it was a toss-up
who he’d ride tonight. He decided to ride that one, and I
wish we could have turned it the other way, but I’m still
happy for him.”
Bridled Lightnin, owned by Warner Croft and trained by Bobby Moore,
Jr., headed into tonight’s final on a four-win streak. The
bay filly has won each of her four career starts, including her
trial in which she stumbled out of the gate and still won by two
lengths. Rider Jeff Jerman did the best he could tonight, but had
to settle for ninth place.
"I didn't know what to do,” admitted Jerman regarding
whether to run or scratch. “I kept waiting to see if Bobby
would come up here. She's alright, that's the most important thing."
Snowy Alibi, who posted a career-high speed index of 98, earned
$152,771 for the victory. Sent off at 10-1, Snowy Alibi rewarded
his supporters with payouts of $22.80 to win, $10.00 to place and
$4.00 to show. The 5-3 exacta returned $450.60 and the 5-3-4 trifecta
paid $1,085.20. The remainder of the field included Shakeatea, Van
Helsing, Volatility, Mayor Mae, Sixaflying, Bridled Lightnin and
News and Notes -
TQHA Yearling Sale Concludes with Sales of $3.2 Million
The Texas Summer Showdown Weekend continued this morning with
the final day of the 2006 TQHA Yearling Sale. The annual sale was
extended to a two-day event for a third year in a row. Officials
from the TQHA reported that the 2006 catalog included 320 consignees
and total sales from the 2-day event reached $3,268,500.
The 2006 TQHA sale topper was hip 141, Tailgunner Tom, with the
top bid of $110,000 by Glen S. Collins of College Station, Texas.
The chestnut colt was one of two Corona Cartel colts in the annual
sale. Corona Cartel was the 2005 AQHA leading sire by both 2-year-old
earnings and 2-year-old winners.
“This continues to be a great partnership between the Texas
Quarter Horse Association and Sam Houston Race Park,” said
Rob Werstler, director of racing for the TQHA. “We attracted
a number of quality horses and horsemen from not only Texas, but
all over the country and were pleased with the weekend.”
Texas Sixes Fastest Qualifier in the TQHA Sires Cup Derby
Four trials were run this evening for the $25,000-added TQHA Sires
Cup Derby. Texas Sixes, trained by Judd Kearl and ridden by James
Brooks was the fastest qualifier, crossing the wire of his 400-yard
trial in :20.084. Owned and bred by Jerry Windham, the sorrel colt
qualified for the 2005 Rainbow Futurity, finished sixth in the Ruidoso
Downs stakes. This was his first win of 2006 and he and the nine
additional qualifiers will return to Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday,
August 12 for the final.