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Cash At The Line
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|$16,000 TQHA Sires' Cup Stakes Highlights the Weekend at SHRP
(Saturday, August 16, 2008) - Bridled Lightnin upsets reigning
champ Sin Tacha Perry in the $16,000 Texas Quarter Horse Association
(TQHA) Sires’ Cup Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday,
August 16. The four-year-old filly, bred and owned by Warner Croft,
is trained by Bobby Moore, Jr. and was ridden tonight by Gaspar
Even after a steady stream of showers this afternoon in northwest
Houston, the track condition was graded as fast for all ten races.
Bridled Lightnin, a daughter of Phone Prince, stood calmly in the
gate, dueled briefly before finishing strong, and completed the
400-yard stakes in a final time of :19.913.
“She ran big tonight, and she’s had an overall good
meet here with three stellar races,” said trainer Bobby Moore,
The gutsy filly did not break too sharp, but she made a move,
and when another horse tried to hook her, she pinned her ears, dug
in, and ran. Bridled Lightnin was also nominated for the $18,250
Spring Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Stakes, but at the last minute was pulled
from the 550-yard race.
“I wanted to see what both races were going to draw in,
and after I looked at it, I really didn’t think that one race
was tougher than the other. I didn’t think it’d be good
for her to run 550 yards again only three weeks later when she could
run 400 yards and it’d be easier on her, so I made the decision
to run her shorter,” commented Moore. “She’s a
versatile filly and can run both distances well.”
After running three races at Sam Houston Race Park, Bridled Lightnin
will be heading to Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, and hopes
to come back stronger after finishing poorly in last year’s
Dash For Cash Derby trials.
“After the Blue Bonnet Stakes here last year, she fell apart
a little, so we turned her out, and the rest really helped her,
so we’ll head back to Lone Star, and we’re confident
she’ll do much better this year. The only other race here
that I’d consider entering her in would be the Sam Houston
Classic Handicap in a couple weeks, and that’s too soon for
her to race again,” Moore stated.
Sent off at 5-1, Bridled Lightnin was slightly overshadowed in
the wagering by This Snow Is Cold, a seven-year-old mare, former
world champion, and winner of the 2006 Challenge Championship at
Lone Star Park.
Last year’s TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes winner, Sin Tacha
Perry, came on late but could not hold off Bridled Lightnin at the
end. The five-year-old mare was ridden by Alfonso Lujan and is trained
and owned by Janet Van Bebber.
“I think my mare ran a game race. She pulled a muscle in
her back after the last race here, so she came off running very
well after that happening, and I’m extremely proud of her
effort,” commented Van Bebber. “Bridled Lightnin is
a nice mare. She ran second in a stakes race a couple weeks ago,
and she was one of the top two-year-olds only two years ago, so
I’m very proud of my mare in this race.”
Final placement was Bridled Lightnin ($12.20) by a head, Sin Tacha
Perry in second, Mambo Chill third, and Jess Wicked, Streakin On
Bye You, Blazin Sixes, Hemi Sweet, Dashin Three Sixes, Red Maverick
Warrior, and favored horse This Snow Is Cold completing the order
In addition to the $16,000 TQHA Sires’ Cup Stakes, this weekend’s
racing also featured the $18,250 Spring Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Stakes
on Friday, August 15.
$18,250 Spring Chrysler-Jeep-Dodge Stakes
Friday, August 15
8th Race; Field of 6 horses; 550 yards
Winner: Cash At The Line (five-year-old gelding)
:27.216 winning time; speed 101 mph
Jockey: Rodrigo Vallejo; Trainer: Judd Kearl; Owner: Julie Irwin
“This race was just awesome. I’m so proud of this boy.
This was his second win in a row here at Sam Houston. I’m
not sure what’s up next for the horse, but we will probably
keep him here in Houston until the end of the meet,” said
owner Julie Irwin Cotton.
“The one horse cut me off coming out of the gate. I moved
over to take the inside lane. I saw the three horse coming up, but
I knew I had the race,” commented jockey Rodrigo Vallejo.
Final placement was Cash At The Line ($7.80) by a neck, followed
by Six Moons Streakin, third place finisher El Zapatista, Sheza
Bright Wood, Jess Phenomenal, and Dash N Murr.
Next Saturday, August 23, will be the $15,000+ Texas Twister Stakes
race for three-year-olds and up running a distance of 110 yards.
Live Quarter Horse racing continues every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
in August at Sam Houston Race Park.