|Ambition Unbridled Draws Off to
Capture the $40,000 Citgo Stakes at SHRP
Texas (February 26, 2005) - Ambition Unbridled made short work
of her four rivals tonight in the $40,000 Citgo Stakes at Sam Houston
The five-furlong stakes was carded on the Connally Turf course,
but was run on the main track due to weather conditions. Over six
inches of rain has fallen on the northwest Houston area throughout
the month of February including a heavy storm on Wednesday evening.
Rain continued on Saturday afternoon and Sam Houston Race Park officials
made the decision to take the five-furlong turf stakes off the Connally
The heavily favored Ambition Unbridled did not disappoint her
backers and led gate-to-wire under rider Jeremy Beasley. The 4-year-old
daughter of Unbridled's Song is owned by Michael Gill and trained
by Gamalie Vazquez. Gill had campaigned her on the east coast and
she had won races at Saratoga, Monmouth Park and the Meadowlands
before she was shipped to Fair Grounds. She made two turf starts
in New Orleans, capturing the $100,000 Leggio Memorial Handicap
on January 15.
Beasley had ridden for Gill recently in Maryland and was happy
to continue his affiliation with Gill in Texas.
"We were hoping that we would get a chance to run on the
dirt tonight," said Beasley. "She's been a little better
on the main track, so it worked out in our favor. Gamalie told me
to get her out of the gate and that she would do the rest. Michael
Gill has had some success here and I wouldn't be surprised to see
him send a few more horses this way."
Peace Symbol from the barn of Danny Pish, ran second. Rider Quincy
Hamilton asked for a steward's inquiry as he felt that Beasley and
Ambition Unbridled had bumped his filly. The steward's took no action
on the claim of foul.
"Without seeing the head-on, it's hard to comment too much,"
said Pish. "But something happened on the backside and Quincy
had to stand up. He said he (Jeremy Beasley, aboard Ambition Unbridled)
clipped heels twice. So just watching it, it looked rough. After
talking to my rider, it sounded rough. It was bad racing luck. These
things happened and I'm thrilled the filly stuck to the task and
came back and ran second. The filly has really turned around from
her form. She had shown some brilliance early in her career and
then she had a few bad races. They shipped her to me, and the first
time I ran her it was straight off the van. I didn't really train
her, I just picked her up and ran her. But since then, we've had
some time to get to know her and I think her form shows it."
Amanda Crandall rode Seneca Song to a third place finish for trainer
"We have been working to get her to relax and I can say that
it is working," commented Crandall. "She has always been
so nervous during the warm-up, in the gate and during the race.
Taking time with her on her workout days has paid off as she was
more relaxed tonight than before. She tried hard and handled the
track ok. If we had been on the grass I think it would have been
a different story for second."
Ambition Unbridled ($3.40) covered the five furlongs over a sloppy
track in a time of :57.56 and earned $24,000 for tonight's victory.
Joyce Ann and Nancibegood completed the five-horse field as Runs
Naked, Hadenough and Ladoma were scratched from the race.