-photo by Coady Photography
-photo by Coady Photography
|Seminole Injun and Bold Bone Capture
Their Divisions of the Woodlands Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (August 6,2005) - Fifteen Quarter Horses were
eligible for the Friday night feature at Sam Houston Race Park,
so two divisions of the 870-yard contest for three-year-olds were
run. Sent off as the four to five favorite, Seminole Injun scored
the victory in the first division, a value of $13,750, with John
Hamilton aboard. Hamilton guided the Texas-bred gelding for his
first time around the hook and to the finish line in a time of :45.67.
Seminole Injun is trained by Larry Kopycinski, owned by Mary Lynne
Thompson and has won each of his four starts at the northwest Houston
“He was running fast in the turn, but we set up for it and
he handled it nice,” said Hamilton. “I knew I had a
lot of horse, but I felt like the two horse (Gold Viperess) was
pulling on me but I didn't want to ask too much yet."
Kopycinski was also satisfied with the trip and comments on how
the race almost didn’t happen for Seminole Injun, “We
had a little bit of trouble a while ago and we were almost going
to scratch him. He seemed like he was cramping a little but I left
it up to John. I told John if he wasn't right, to just go ahead
and bring him back. I always knew he could handle the distance.
I just never sent him around the turn since he was running so good
down the lane. I'm glad it all worked out."
Gold Viperess, under the controls of Alvin Brossette, took the
early lead and finished second for trainer Janet Van Bebber and
owners Donna Edgar and Julie Bailey. As the only filly running against
the boys in her first 870-yard race, Van Bebber was proud of how
she handled her long run.
“I think for her first time at this distance she didn’t
do bad at all. I’m pleased with her effort,” said Van
Bebber. “She seems to like the distance, so we may try her
again here. The horse that already proved that he could win at this
distance won, and he had the best post position and then ran a great
race. We were just lucky to draw the next post where we could give
him a run for his money.”
Seminole Injun returned $3.80, $3.00 and $2.60 across the board.
The 1-5 exacta paid $14.00 and the 1-2-3 trifecta returned $26.20.
In the second division, Bold Bone, owned and trained by Gailor
Phares, Jr. took advantage of his distance experience to win under
Kimberly McIntosh. McIntosh recommended the Louisiana-bred for the
race and she closed with a rush and completed the $14,000 competition
in a winning time of :46.32. Phares praised McIntosh for her “good
Blackjack Rebel ran second for trainer Monty Brooks and owner
Dusty Rose Ranch LLC. Leading rider James Brooks dueled with third
place finisher Streak To The Win for the place position. Blackjack
Rebel paid $8.20, $3.40 and $2.6 across the board. The 2-6 exacta
paid $26.20 and the 2-6-5 trifecta paid $105.00.