|Heavy Favorite Coronado Rose Captures
the $40,000 River Oaks Stakes at SHRP
(January 15, 2005) - Coronado Rose will always have a special
place in trainer Steve Asmussen's heart. On November
20, 2004, she won the Delta Belle Stakes at Delta Downs and set
a new record for Asmussen for wins by a trainer in a single year.
Her victory was the 497th win of the year for Asmussen and he made
history that night surpassing Jack Van Berg's record of 496 victories
set in 1976.
The talented filly was the 1-2 favorite in tonight's feature at
Sam Houston Race Park, the $40,000 River Oaks Stakes. Trained
by Steve Asmussen, Coronado Rose did not disappoint and won the
third stakes of her career this evening.
The 3-year-old daughter of Coronado's Quest was bred in Kentucky
and is owned by Oceanfront Property and Keith Asmussen. Under a
confident ride from Roman Chapa, the chestnut filly grabbed the
early lead and did not relinquish it, covering the six-furlongs
"She's a very nice race mare," said Asmussen. "This
is her fourth win and her third stakes win. We can't say enough
"She is such a nice filly," added Chapa. "I
was just apassenger today and just had to keep her attention down
the lane. I would
like to thank Steve and his assistant Darrin (Fleming) and the whole
crew. They've done a tremendous job this year."
Texas Spirit, trained by Tommie Morgan rallied for second under
rider Patrick Boxie.
"Tommie has done a good job getting this filly ready,"
said Boxie. "She was sharp tonight and really ran when I asked
her. We kind of brushed with the 5 in the turn as I
held my position and then when I asked her she really ran hard.
If I had been on the inside of the winner it might have been a different
story, but she tried hard for me. I think she will keep getting
better as she gets older."
Lip Gloss, sent off at 27-1, made her first start outside of Remington
Park and ran third.
"My horse ran real good," said rider Kevin Cogburn, who
won three races on tonight's card . "We just had a little bit
of traffic trouble up the lane. If we hadn't, I think we would have
gotten a little closer. But she ran nice for being a maiden
Asmussen was asked about future plans for his talented filly.
"We've been pretty aggressive with her this year," said
Asmussen. "She's had quite a few races this fall and we're
going to give her
a chance to get back on her feet. She was a little more nervous
today than she has been in the past. She deserves a break."