|Zooms the Word and Dashin for Bucks
Capture their Divisions of the Woodlands Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (August 7, 2004) - Sixteen Quarter Horses
were eligible for the $14,000 Woodlands Stakes so two divisions
were run this evening at Sam Houston Race Park.
Zooms the Word lived up to his name as he unleashed a powerful
closing effort to win the 870-yard stakes in a time of :46.261.
The 3-year-old Oklahoma-bred son of Shazoom is owned by Catherine
Carr of Papalote, Texas.
Louisiana-based rider Ronald Thibodeaux was given the mount by
trainer Gerry McLean. Zooms the Word was making his first start
around the turn, but his rider knew he had the speed to get the
"I felt that if I could get him to relax, he would take the
turn," said Thibodeaux. "There were some horses that bumped
me out of the gate so I figured that going wide was the best way
Flash N Meter made the early lead under leading rider, Danny Lavergne
but had to settle for third as Zooms the Word and Devons Easy Lane
came rallying in the stretch.
"She did like she did last time and got out of there running,"
said Lavergne. "I tried to save some for stretch as this was
her second start in a week and she got a little tired toward the
Devons Easy Lane, ridden by John Hamilton and trained by Janet
Van Bebber got up for second.
"I'm very pleased," said Van Bebber. "I thought
when I first got this horse, he'd make a nice hook horse and now
we've got him stakes-placed. And I think the owners will be equally
"He did run a good race," concurred Hamilton. "He
doesn't quite know what to do. He's going to get better and better.
He ran his race today. If he would have just run on into the turn,
like he left, it would have been a different story."
Zooms the Word returned $6.80, $4.20 and $2.60 across the board.
The 3-6 exacta paid $75.80 and the 3-6-4 trifecta returned $383.20.
In the second division, Dashin for Bucks, owned by Stephen H. Lee
of Pelham, Alabama took advantage of his inside post to win under
John Hamilton. The son of Okey Dokey Dale crossed the wire in :46.358.
Trained by Danny Eldridge, Dashin for Bucks had run his previous
11 starts at Delta Downs.
"I really can't take any credit," said Hamilton. "Danny
knew he had talent and brought him over here tonight; all I had
to do was hang on."
"We thought this was a light spot for 3-year-olds,"
said Eldridge. "We ran him around the turn one time and he
ran a respectable second. There were no races left for him at Delta
so we made the trip to Houston and it turned out good. Drawing the
rail was really important, especially here."
Southern Corona ran second for trainer Eddie Willis. Rider J.
R. Ramirez had to overcome a bad start, but rallied in the stretch.
"The 2 (Myfirstplacefortune) took us all out so we were well
wide but my horse can really run," commented Ramirez. "Once
we got straightened out he was going best of all."
Sent off as the even-money favorite, Dashin for Bucks paid $4.20
for the win. The 1-4 exacta returned $12.40 and Apollos Dasher completed
the $72.40 trifecta.