Longshot Bridled Lightnin Captures the $15,000 Bluebonnet Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park

(Monday, September 3, 2007) - A heavy downpour hit northwest Houston on Labor Day, but the soggy conditions did not diminish the winning performance of Bridled Lightnin in the $15,000 Bluebonnet Stakes. The stakes for 3-year-old fillies drew a talented, full field, but none could stay with Bridled Lightnin as she drew clear by 1 3/4 lengths. Thefinal time of the 400-yard stakes, run over a sloppy track, was 19.785 seconds.

The bay filly is bred and owned by Warner Croft of Austin, Texas and trained by Bobby Moore, Jr. She showed tremendous promise last year, running second in the Sam Houston Futurity (G1). She ran four races this year with mixed results, but Moore kept digging for answers. She was diagnosed with a bleeding ulcer and has responded well to treatment. Today, she rewarded Moore and regular rider, Jeff Jerman with a standout performance.

“I was more nervous today than she was,” admitted Jerman. “She stood perfectly in the gates and it was amazing the way she drew off in the end.”

Streakin Amber, one of four fillies trainer by Heath Taylor, broke through the gate, but ran well after being reloaded and finished second under Russel Hadley.

“She was a little excited and broke through the gate,” said Hadley. “Usually the horse doesn't do good after a gate issue but she still managed to shoot out and run a solid race.”

Southern La Jolla ran third followed by Mayor Mae, Very Dashing Chick, Red Hot Lass, Goinbye, Quickid Perry, Our Miss Perry, Streakin Patch and Look and Runaway.

Sent off at 15-1, Bridled Lightnin returned $32.20, $10.20 and $5.80 across the board. She earned $20,500 for today’s win, increasing her lifetime earnings to $146,765

Bridled Lightnin will ship to Lone Star Park and will be pointed to the Dash for Cash Derby.

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