|Desert Darby Returns to the Winner's
Circle in the $40,000 Jersey Village Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (February 21, 2004) - It was another gritty stretch
duel, reminiscent of Texas Champions Day when Desert Darby and Record
Assembly finished in a dead-heat in the $100,000 Star Of Texas Stakes.
Once again, in tonight’s feature, the $40,000 Jersey Village
Stakes, the two Thoroughbreds crossed the wire in unison, with the
photo finish going to Desert Darby.
Jeremy Beasley rode the 7-year-old Texas-bred to victory for owner
Ken Quirk and trainer Steve Asmussen. It was the eighth stakes win
of the meeting for Beasley and the ninth career victory for Desert
"My hat’s off to Record Assembly," said Beasley.
"He’s been tough all year against us. I’d like
to thank Steve and the Quirks for having confidence and letting
me ride this horse."
This was the second consecutive Jersey Village Stakes win for
Asmussen and Beasley, who were victorious in the 2003 edition of
the race with Term Sheet, owned by the Ackerley Brothers Farm of
"He’s given us a lot of confidence," added Asmussen.
"He runs very tough every time and Record Assembly definitely
gave him all he wanted again tonight and we were very fortunate
to win the photo."
Desert Darby returned $5.80 for the win and completed the 1 1/16
mile contest over a fast track in a time of 1:44.53.
Record Assembly, a 4-year-old gelding, bred, owned and trained by
Charles Hukill, has had an exceptional season at Sam Houston Race
Park. Tonight was his seventh start of the 2003/2004 Thoroughbred
Meeting; he has won two races, had three seconds, one third and
one fourth. He stands 14 ½ hands high, but has a big heart
and will to run.
"He is as hard a trying horse as you could want," said
Hukill. "John rode him perfectly. Anytime I run second in a
race like that I’m happy."
Hukill added that Record Assembly would get a well-deserved break
before returning to action at Lone Star Park or Louisiana Downs.
John Jacinto has been the regular rider aboard Record Assembly
and has a great deal of admiration for the runner.
"He made the lead easy and was just flicking his ears and
cruising out there," said Jacinto. "When that other horse
came to him he dug in just like he did on Texas Champions night.
I thought he might have got his nose there first."
Sandburr, ridden by Roger Gomez, rallied for third.
"I had a nice trip and I brought my horse in good gear all
the way around," said Gomez. "He made a move by the 5/16
pole and I felt like we were going to get something. We finished
very good in that division and I was very happy with the race."
Term Sheet, the defending champion, topped $200,000 in career
earnings with tonight’s fourth place. Richard King Handicap
turf winner, Classoffiftyseven ran fifth and Miswaki Mac ran sixth.
Leo’s Last Hurrahy kicked his stall last night and was scratched
from the stakes by his trained, Bob Young .