|Zip N Streak Goes the Distance to Capture the $14,000 Woodlands Stakes at SHRP
(Friday, August 9, 2002) - Last Saturday evening a severe storm resulted in a power outage to northwest Houston forcing Sam Houston Race Park to cancel its entire race card. In tonight's feature race, Zip N Streak, a 3-year-old filly, had a power surplus, besting her seven rivals in the $14,000 Woodlands Stakes.
Zip N Streak was ridden to victory by Alfonso Lujan for owner Lloyd Barry and trainer James Gerhards. This was the second consecutive Woodlands Stakes win for Lujan as last year he piloted longshot Bubbubabad to victory in the 870 yard stakes.
"I've been fortunate to ride good horses in this race and I had a little bit of luck when I needed it," said Lujan. "It was amazing because last year I drew the seven hole and won, and the same this year. This filly seems to be developing more confidence each time she races."
Zip N Streak crossed the wire in a dead heat with Special D Dash, ridden by John Hamilton. The stewards immediately put up the inquiry sign and following their review of the stretch run, placed Special D Dash second as a result of interference.
Sweep My Dust trained by Heath Taylor and ridden by Gilbert Ortiz, was sent off as the post time favorite, and finished third.
"He was too wide," said Ortiz. We broke from the six post and lost ground in the turn. We couldn't make it up".
"He was so ready last Saturday and had a good draw," added a disappointed Taylor. "I didn't think anyone could beat him then. But he didn't have that good a week of training and then got a bad draw. He had to check a couple of times in the race and got outrun. It was just not our night. We'll freshen him and point him for that 3YO race early at Lone Star."
Zip N Streak paid $26.00, $8.20 and $3.00 across the board. The 7-5 exacta returned $121.40 and the trifecta with Sweep My Dust paid $290.60.