-photo by Kris Davis/Coady Photography
|Fly Slama Jama Wins $50,000 Retama
Park Turf Breeders' Cup Handicap Going Away
Selma, Texas (July 31, 2004) - Hubert Bell, Jr.'s homebred
6-year-old gelding Fly Slama Jama made short work of his foes in
tonight's $50,000 Retama Park Turf Breeders' Cup Handicap for 3-year-olds
and upward, overcoming traffic trouble and drawing away late for
a facile five-length triumph. He covered the 1 1/16-miles distance
in a fleet 1:41.97 over a firm turf course.
Monty Man jumped right out to a clear early lead in the race, while
jockey Casey Lambert was reserving Fly Slama Jama in midpack. Lambert
and Fly Slama Jama found themselves blocked from about the 7/16ths
pole until the 1/4-pole, but once a hole opened around the 1/4-pole,
they split horses and took off. From there, nobody was going to
Fly Slama Jama opened up a 2 1/2-length lead by the eighth pole,
and he doubled that margin by the wire over favored Virginia Pride.
Classoffiftyseven rallied late to take second place, 1 3/4 lengths
behind Virginia Pride. It was another 2 3/4 lengths to Lights on
Broadway in fourth place, who was followed under the wire by Saxton's
Engine, April's Lucky Boy, Monty Man, and Sandburr.
Trained by John Locke, Fly Slama Jama is a son of To Freedom out
of the Shining So Bright mare Maud M.
Honorable Pic, Ship of the Line, and Excessive Behavior were scratched.