-photo by Sandra Beck/Coady Photography

-photo by Sandra Beck/Coady Photography
Millenia Flash

Sr Razzmatazz Captures the $20,500 Bluebonnet Stakes at SHRP

Houston, Texas (August 28, 2004) - Sr Razzmatazz powered past her ten rivals in commanding fashion, capturing tonight's feature race at Sam Houston Race Park, the $20,500 Bluebonnet Stakes. The California-bred mare is owned by Mary G. Lynne Thompson of Navasota, Texas.

Trained by Larry Kopycinski, Sr Razzmatazz was ridden by Gilbert Ortiz, who earned leading rider honors at Delta Downs. The 5-year-old daughter of Chicks Beduino ran a much better race this evening than her previous two races in Louisiana. She won tonight's effort in gate-to-wire fashion, crossing the wire of the 400-yard stakes in :20.000.

"She was a lot calmer today," noted Ortiz. "They tacked her up real good; at Delta she washed out on us and was really nervous. I knew this was a tough filly race, but the way she warmed up and loaded in the gate made the difference today."

"I figured I'd take a shot and bring her here," said Kopycinski. "She's always been a good mare, but hasn't been to the winner's circle lately. She runs hard and did her best tonight."

Corona Coquette, the highest earner in the field, ran second with Larry Payne riding for trainer Eddie Willis.

"She was standing perfectly when those outside horses started acting up," commented Payne. "She stayed straight then just as she turned her head to the left they popped the latches. She has a really tender mouth and you can't take any hold on her, and we spotted the winner too much head start before she got to running. She gets a good break and she'll beat this bunch by a length or more."

Sent off at 10-1, Sr Razzmatazz returned $23.60, $7.80 and 6.20 across the board. The 5-2 exacta paid $107 and the trifecta with Tomorrows Headlines returned $292.

High Stridin Lady, Toastizit, Sing and Pray, Mary Cartel, Royal Blue and Gold, Chicks and Ladies, Loves Easter Bunny and Lavishly Royal completed the field.

$28,950 TPHBA Paint & Appaloosa Derby

In earlier action, Millenia Flash, drew off to capture the finals of the $28,950 TPHBA Paint & Appaloosa Derby. Owned by Dan Gene Jones of Kemp, Texas, the 3-year-old Texas-bred filly was the second fastest qualifier in trials run on August 13.

Trained by leading Sam Houston Race Park conditioner Janet Van Bebber, Millenia Flash broke alertly and surged to the lead, crossing the wire of the 350-yard stake in :17.800 under rider Brian Green.

"She is a good-looking, aggressive filly and I am pleased that Mr. Jones sent her to me," commented Van Bebber. "She ran a good trial and improved upon that performance tonight."

"We raised her and her dam (Scarlett the Harlot), so this is a very proud moment for us," added Jones.

Fastest qualifier, Okey Dokey Smokey struggled throughout the race and finished sixth.

"He wasn't as comfortable on the track as he was in the trials," commented rider Danny Lavergne. "He didn't get a hold of it after the start, and he just didn't have the desire to catch up like he did in the trials."

Millenia Flash returned $17.00 to win. Longshot Mightywhite Juno with Tami Purcell in the irons ran second to complete the $201 exacta.

Porcelain Dreams ridden by Mark Page was third.

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