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|XO Kate Wins The $20,250 Texas Twister Stakes at SHRP on Saturday, August 23
(Saturday, August 23, 2008) - The $20,250 Texas Twister
Stakes was short and sweet for winner XO Kate on Saturday, August
23, 2008 at Sam Houston Race Park. The race highlighted Texas-bred
Quarter Horses, three years old and up, sprinting a short distance
of 110 yards. The three-year-old filly is owned by Isidro Flores
and trained by Rodolfo Sanchez.
“I knew this was going to be a pretty hard race because she
wasn’t working out good and hasn’t done too well in
her past few races. She has gotten sick a lot since last year’s
Sam Houston Futurity, but I think she finally feels better. She
rested and is feeling better. Next, I think we’ll take her
to Blue Ribbon Downs in Oklahoma,” commented Flores.
XO Kate broke first out of the gate and crossed the finish line
in a time of :6.807. Jockey Santos Carrizales took the reins for
the filly tonight and commented, “I’ve been riding horses
for a long time, and you just hope for a good break in this kind
After breaking sharp and driving to a quick lead, Carrizales had
only praise for the filly who was sent off at 9-2. “She ran
great out of the gate, and she felt ready to run while waiting in
the gate. It felt very natural for me and seemed natural for her
to run this short distance.”
Final order of finish was XO Kate ($11.00) by a head, followed
past the wire by Imazoomertoo, Chief Corona, Jo Edna, Heza Two Timing
Man, Surprisingly Special, Eyes Moving Easy, Heza Shaker, Mr Bisiesto,
and Quickid Perry.
Next Friday, August 29, Sam Houston Race Park will feature the
$50,000+ Sam Houston Classic Handicap (G2) for three-year-olds and
up running a distance of 440 yards, followed by the $35,000+ Governors’
Cup Marathon Handicap (G3) going 870 yards on Saturday, August 30.
The Park will also host live racing on Sunday, August 31, featuring
the $15,000+ Sam Houston Distance Derby, and to kick off Fan Appreciation
Week on Monday, September 1, fans can enjoy the $15,000+ Blue Bonnet
Live Quarter Horse racing continues every Friday and Saturday in
September at Sam Houston Race Park.