by Kris Davis/Coady Photography
|A R Crackers Pulls Upset in Retama
Park Turf Breeder’s Cup
Selma, Texas (August 13,2005)
- A R Crackers got up in the last jump to run down heavily favored
Waupaca in the $50,000 Retama Park Turf Breeder’s Cup Saturday
night at Retama Park.
South Africa broke from the one post and, as expected, set the
pace. However, Waupaca’s rider, M. C. Berry, decided to send
his charge to the lead going into the first turn, and the decision
was a fateful one.
Waupaca did bury South Africa, but he was tiring in deep stretch
and could not hold off the late charge of A R Crackers under a furious
ride by Omar Rodriguez.
"I was yelling at my horse all the way down the stretch, and
he finally kicked in the last eighth," said Rodriguez.
A R Crackers paid a handsome $20.60 win mutual and a $48.00 exacta.
Time for the 1 1/16 miles was a good 1:45.
With the victory, A R Crackers ran his unbeaten record on the
Retama Park turf course to three for three.