|Exciting Weekend of Live Racing at SHRP Features Two Stakes
(Saturday, August 2, 2008) - Sam Houston Race Park hosted
an exciting weekend of live racing events with highlights from The
Park including the Sam Houston Maiden Classic on Friday, August
1 and the Woodland Stakes, presented by Ikon Office Solutions, on
Saturday, August 2.
The Park hosted trial races for the $47,700 Sam Houston Maiden
Classic on July 17, with the top 10 fastest qualifiers returning
to compete in the final on Friday evening for the 350-yard race.
Zoomin Winner, a three-year-old colt owned by Mickey Tiner of Angleton,
Texas and trained by Judd Kearl was an impressive winner who exploded
from the gate under rider Gaspar Rivera and drew off by a length-and-a-half
in a winning time of :18.006. The Texas-bred colt, the second-favored
horse in the morning line at odds of 9-2 behind Miss Shady Cartel,
was the second fastest qualifier in the trials and proved to be
a contender for the final race.
“This colt is just now starting to get an opportunity because
as a two-year-old he didn’t. He’s starting to come into
his own now. Judd [Kearl] has taken wonderful care of him, and he
seems to get better every time we stick him out there,” praised
owner Mickey Tiner. “I was worried tonight about being on
the inside, but evidentially he did pretty good and stayed out in
front. It looks like 400 to 440 yards is really going to work best
for him. When you win a race like this, it’s just fantastic,
and we’re so proud.”
Jockey Rivera commented, “He broke well and was in front
the whole time. The delay at the starting gate worked well for us
because he was more relaxed going back into the starting gate.”
Zoomin Winner earned $19,080 for his victory and paid $6.40 to
win. Mrs Eye Angel was second with Rodrigo Vallejo in the irons,
and Miss Shady Cartel finished third. The field featured nine horses.
Tiner indicated that Zoomin Winner would remain at Sam Houston
Race Park and make his next start in the Sam Houston Derby on September
The Park continued live racing events on Saturday, August 2, with
the featured race being the Woodland Stakes, presented by Ikon Office
Solutions. A field of eight Quarter Horses was featured in the 870-yard
stakes race. Jack Pudding, owned by A.D. Maddox and trained by James
Gerhards, scored the victory by a commanding six-and-a-half lengths.
Dewey Smith rode the Texas-bred gelding in his first victory at
The Park, crossing the finish line in a time of :46.559.
“When you win, it’s great. I felt he came on strong
at the end, and there wasn’t any dying out there; he ran it
out,” commented trainer Gerhards. “We’ll keep
him here in Houston and run him in another three-year-old race soon.”
This was the first stakes win for Jack Pudding, a son of Panther
Mountain out of Variance. He was bred by Frannie Stewart. The horse
was the second favorite with morning line odds of 7-2, behind Win
“I felt the horse broke good. I started him off slow on
the inside but knew I had to bounce the horse to the outside to
have a chance to win,” stated winning jockey Smith. “I
felt good after this morning’s workout and thought this horse
had a great chance of winning tonight.”
Finishing second was Dashin Especially, trained by Kenny Teutsch
and ridden by Gilbert Ortiz.
Jack Pudding returned $12.80, $6.00 and $4.40 across the board.
Realclearrebeldasher ran a close third, followed by Mr American
Leader, Win D Lajolla, Gol Meter, Feature Royalty and Injuns Money
Live Quarter Horse racing continues with racing every Thursday,
Friday and Saturday in August at Sam Houston Race Park.