by Coady Photography
|Josie G. Prevails Over Seven Fillies
in the $30,000 Sam Houston Oaks At SHRP
Texas (March 13, 2004) - Josie G. won the first stakes of her
career this evening, capturing the one mile $30,000 Sam Houston
Oaks. Owned by the Greg L. England of Dallas and trained by Bret
Calhoun, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of El Amante was
ridden to victory this evening by Eddie Martin, Jr. He flew into
Houston this evening from Fair Grounds where he piloted Put Me In
to victory in the $75,000 Marie Krantz Memorial this afternoon.
Josie G. broke well and was well rated by Martin through the early
stages of the race. However, at the top of the stretch, several
horses closed in and Josie G. looked as though there was no where
to go. Martin found an opening and urged the chestnut filly through.
She responded and drew off, completing the flat mile in a time of
"That was a very gutsy effort on her part," admitted Martin.
"I just sat there and when we had the opening, I guided her
through. She’s bounced back from her last two races in great
"This was a super effort - a monster effort from her tonight,"
said Jay Severs, assistant to Calhoun. "She parted the Red
Sea at the top of the lane and prevailed. It showed a lot of guts
on her part to step up to the plate after two defeats and get the
Olympic Emblem, from the barn of John Locke, was flying late and
outran her odds of 20-1. Kevin Cogburn had the mount.
"I had a rough trip," said Cogburn. "My horse didn't
break good. They had her just walking around the first turn. I just
had to wait, swing out coming for home and find a place to go. That
horse (Josie G.) got through; my horse was running, but the winner
just had too big a kick."
"I am very pleased," added Locke. "She had a little
trouble in that first turn and Kevin just waited and didn’t
swing her out turning for home until it was time and she really
showed her finishing kick. We debated running in this spot or a
NW1X allowance on Sunday. Her owner told me she’d rather not
run her horses on Sunday so we stayed in here and obviously that
was a good decision. Her owner is a trainer in Kentucky so she will
probably head up there now and run at Keeneland."
Josie G.returned $3.20 to win, $2.60 to place and $2.40 to show.
The 8-5 paid $42.00 and the trifecta with Perennial Favorite returned
$209.60 Lucky Tunnel, Fast and Fluid, Chocolate Gal, Rare Glitter
and Cookin’s Cast completed the order of finish. Beau Watch
and Allie’s Dream were scratched.