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|$18,750 Sam Houston Distance Derby & $19,500 Blue Bonnet Stakes Top Live Race Card on Saturday, August 29, 2009
(Saturday, August 29, 2009) - Sam Houston Race Park held
its final day of live racing for the 2009 American Quarter Horse
meet, along with Fan Appreciation Dollar Day, on Saturday, August
29. The evening featured the $18,750 Sam Houston Distance Derby
and the $19,500 Blue Bonnet Stakes highlighting the evening’s
The Sam Houston Distance Derby, the 8th race of the night, featured
seven horses running a distance of 870 yards. DM Traffic (9-2) did
not have the quickest start out of the gate, but a late outside
rush proved enough to hold off Tsunami Wind at the wire, winning
in a time of :46.465. The three-year-old gelding is trained by Kie
Mushinski and owned by Donna Mushinski. The Park’s 2009 American
Quarter Horse Meet top jockey, David Alvarez, was the first-choice
mount, but the reins ended up in the hands of Ray Mayo, who proved
he knew how to win.
“I’m thankful I got the chance to ride this horse
in the Distance Derby,” commented Mayo. “He didn’t
have the start I was hoping for, but he comes on late and gives
a strong finish, which is why we were able to hold off the leader,
DM Traffic posted a speed index of 87 and paid his betting fans
$7.20 for the win.
Final placement featured DM Traffic in first, Tsunami Wind in
second, and Dont Mess With Bart in third, with Manifold, Coups De
Ville, Realquiet Effort and Im Willie Jazzed traling past the wire.
The Blue Bonnet Stakes, the 9th race, showcased eight horses sprinting
a distance of 400 yards. Eye Be Swift acted up in the starting gates
and prematurely broke through the gate, causing a late scratch for
this race. The Dwayne “Sleepy” Gilbreath-trained Shadaisy
123 (5-1) ended up smashing the field in a time of :19.926, topping
out with a speed index of 98.
“She won here earlier this month and finished third in the
Texas Derby Challenge,” commented Gilbreath. “I’m
proud of her. She runs a good race and always tries really hard
no matter the distance or the field of competitors. She’s
a hard worker.”
Gilbreath also added Shadaisy 123’s next stop might be in
the Dash For Cash Derby at Lone Star Park in Dallas, Texas.
Shadaisy 123 is owned by T. Bill Stables, Inc. and Carolyn C.
Bay. Riding the three-year-old filly to victory was jockey Jose
Final placement featured Shadaisy 123 ($6.80) in first, Executive
Looks finishing second, followed by Tearful in third, Send Me A
Perry, Dashin Chick, Rump Shakin, Southern Pretense and La Jolla
In addition to the live stakes races, Vice President of Racing
Eric Johnston awarded David Alvarez the 2009 Jockey of the Meet
award and Bobby Touchet the 2009 Trainer of the Meet award. The
Park’s 2009 Owner of the Meet award standings ended in a tie
between Jorge Haddad and A.D. Maddox.
Among other events for the evening, which included a Fan Appreciation
Dollar Day with $1 parking, admission, live racing programs, hot
dogs, sodas and draft beer, was The Park’s first-time “Rody
Races” where four trials featuring a total of 16 patrons participated
in a bounce toy race on the dirt track for a variety of prizes.
As part of the closing day celebration, The Park handed out a variety
of SHRP goodies to patrons including T-shirts, koozies, party beads
Live racing will return to The Park with the 2009/2010 Thoroughbred
meet beginning Friday, November 27, 2009. For more information on
upcoming simulcast events, live racing updates and the 2009 Ziegfest
Music Festival, please visit www.shrp.com.