|Longshot Thanks For The Ride Captures
$13,500 Harrisburg Stakes at SHRP
19, 2005) - Sam Houston Race Park hosted a night of entertainment
with the 14th anniversary of the Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce
Epicurean Night and ten live American Quarter Horse races. The Club
Level of the Grandstand was filled with many of the area’s
finest restaurants offering tasty dishes for sampling. The $13,500
Harrisburg Stakes, a race for three-year-olds and up, was the feature
race of the Friday night card.
A field of five geldings and one filly took center stage tonight
and competed for the stakes win. Thanks For The Ride and Apollo
Babe 123 battled for the lead, but James Brooks was able to bring
10-1 long-shot, Thanks For The Ride, to the wire first in a time
of :27.55. Thanks For The Ride is a five-year-old gelding trained
by Judd Kearl and owned by Marianne and Paul Phillips, who currently
reside in Houston. Brooks earned his 36th victory tonight, which
gives him a 15-win lead in the jockey standings for the meeting.
The leading jockey was impressed with gelding’s first attempt
at a 550-yard contest.
“I knew he would like it, but I didn’t think he would
like it that much,” commented Brooks. “He turned his
head right when they opened the gate. We almost clipped heals with
(Apollo Babe 123) but I came around her and was still able to catch
Happy with the trip tonight after anxiously watching the race,
Kearl commented, “we claimed him last year for $5,000 and
he was a good claim.” He continued, “with the way he
broke, he got beat away by two lengths and I was scared there was
no way,” said Kearl. “Then they just came flying on
The only filly among the boys, Apollo Babe 123, placed second
under Jerry Lee Yoakum after a six-week layoff. Her last win was
in November of 2004 at Sam Houston Race Park in the $25,000 Sooner
Trailer Stakes. Monty Brooks trains and Bill Stables owns the four-year-old.
Nipeminthebud was sent off as the favorite at 3-2 odds in his
Sam Houston Race Park debut and was able to get up for third after
tiring late in the race. The five-year-old is trained by Vann Haywood
and owned by Martha Hunt.
Thanks For The Ride paid $23.40, $8.00 and $6.20 across the board
and the 2-3-4 Trifecta paid $543.80. Completing the order of finish
were Brown Special, Movinmytasktoglory and Egos Comet. Mr La Jolla
and Shawshank were late scratches.