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Heavy Favorite Coronado Rose Captures the $40,000 River Oaks Stakes at SHRP

Houston, Texas (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 in 1:11.82.

"She's a very nice race mare," said Asmussen. "This is her fourth win and her third stakes win.  We can't say enough about her."

"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 and all."

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."

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