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|Second Fastest Qualifier Moonshine Memories Finishes Strong to Upset Favorite BT Special Game in the $59,200 Sam Houston Maiden Classic at SHRP
(Saturday, August 1, 2009) - Sam Houston Race Park hosted
the $15,000 Woodland Stakes on Friday, July 31 and the $52,900 Sam
Houston Maiden Classic on Saturday, August 1.
In Friday night’s Woodland Stakes Hawk Fan (8-1) swept the
field, closing out on favored horse Coups De Ville (5-2). The three-year-old
gelding took a wide turn in the 870-yard dash, but closed strongly
at the finish winning in a time of :47.144.
“This horse has been doing well at this distance,”
commented trainer John Stinebaugh. “We started him out at
the shorter sprint, 300 yards, but are pleased at how well he is
doing at the longer distance.”
Hawk Fan, owned by Al Renner and ridden by jockey Alfonso Lujan,
paid his betting fans $16.40 for the win.
Final placement in the seven-horse field featured Hawk Fan, Coups
de Ville, followed by Manifold in third, Stealing Dreams, Pretty
Dashin Bye, Quick Flow and Travling Val.
Saturday’s live race card featured the $52,900 Sam Houston
Maiden Classic. Moonshine Memories ($5.80), the second fastest qualifier
in trials run on Saturday, July 18, had a shaky start, but finished
strong winning the 350-yard sprint in a time of :17.768. The four-year-old
mare is owned by Jerry Vaughn Whittle, trained by Dwayne “Sleepy”
Gilbreath and ridden by jockey Jose Alvarez.
“I thought she did well in the trials, winning her race,”
commented Alvarez. “She ended up with the second fastest time.
Everyone got off to a rough start out of the gate, but she did a
good job finishing strong.”
Final placement in the 10-horse field featured Moonshine Memories,
Crafty Dinero in second, followed by Fleet Hawk, Shazama Rama, Adrians
Knockout, Reva Gold, BT Special Game, Mr Teton Jess, Foxy Shazoom
and Eye of Shazoom.
In addition, to live racing events, The Park held the popular
Value Day and Party on the Patio in the Fun Zone every Saturday
featuring outdoor patio seating on the Pavilion Apron area, hot
food off the grill, $2 draft beer, misting fans and the Verizon
Wireless misting tent, washer board games, Wii Guitar Hero challenge,
giveaways and more.
The 2009 American Quarter Horse meet at The Park continues with
live racing events Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August
29. In addition, the Verizon Wireless Summer Concert Series on the
Bud Light stage at The Showgrounds continues in August with a performance
by Sublime tribute band Badfish on August 8th! Tickets start at
$15. For more information, visit www.theshowgrounds.com.