|Enduring Will Dazzles in $100,000
Silver Spur on Opening Night at Lone Star Park
1, 2004)- An eye-catching 10-length romp in Friday's $100,000
Silver Spur Breeders' Cup Stakes at Lone Star Park may have earned
Enduring Will a spot in the starting gate for the $1 million Breeders'
Cup Juvenile Fillies four weeks from now.
Over the host track for this year's Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred
Championships, Enduring Will dazzled in her two-turn debut with
a sweeping move on the final turn to easily win the opening night
feature at Lone Star Park's 19-date Fall Breeders' Cup Meeting.
The convincing victory by the Louisiana-based invader - her second
in three lifetime starts - will certainly tempt owner/breeder Michael
Rainier of Dallas and trainer Al Stall Jr. to return on horse racing's
"Right now, she's going back to Shreveport and we'll give
it some good thought," Stall said. "We'll take a hard
look at it, and Mike and I will make a call. My gut feeling is yes."
Enduring Will ran one mile in 1:39.49 after a thunderstorm left
the racetrack "sloppy." Breaking from the outside post
in the field of nine 2-year-old fillies, she was reserved early
by jockey Lonnie Meche. After early leader Ketchmewhereyoucan clocked
a half-mile in :47.41, Enduring Will made up six lengths in the
third quarter-mile of the race, moving from sixth to first.
"She was picking them up," Meche said. "All I did
was encourage her at the head of the lane and she got the job done.
She felt like a million bucks. I always thought she had all the
techniques to be a good filly. Everything she does, she does so
easy. Working in the mornings she impressed me so much and I've
never doubted that she could win this race tonight because I knew
she was that kind of filly."
Enduring Will paid $5.60 to win as the 9-5 favorite. Kristin's
Charm, a 20-1 outsider, nosed Berdelia for second. Berdilia's jockey
Casey Lambert claimed foul against the winner, but it was dismissed
by the stewards.
The $60,000 winner's share of the purse padded Enduring Will's
earnings to $78,800.
"This was a $100,000 race, so the track just paid the [Breeders'
Cup entry] fee," said 50-year-old Rainier. "It's a dream
for a breeder to run in the Breeders' Cup so we are one step closer,
but we'll just have to see how she comes out of the race and then
we'll make a decision."
"I hope to God I get to ride her because I think she's the
winning horse," Meche said.
Total attendance on opening night was 8,377 and $2,136,411 was
wagered on the 10-race live program ($599,162 on-track and $1,537,249
at simulcast outlets across North America).