|Kris Havingfunnow Captures the $30,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes at SHRP
(November 9, 2002)- A field of seven runners took to the
John Connally Turf Course for the $30,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes.
Kris Havingfunnow, a 4-year-old colt, ridden by John Jacinto, took
command at the top of the stretch and lived up to his name, crossing
the wire of the 1 1/6 mile stakes in a time of 1:46.34.
Owned and bred by William G. Brown, of Florida, Kris Havingfunnow
has proven his affinity for grass, winning the eighth turf race
of his career this evening. Trained by Jernesto Torrez, Kris Havingfunnow
did not finish in his last start at Retama Park, when the race was
taken off the turf, and he did not take to the sloppy main track.
Jacinto, the leading rider in the 2001/2002 Sam Houston Race Park
Thoroughbred meeting, was in the irons for the first time. He had
worked the handsome bay colt last Saturday and was confident of
his chances tonight.
"He worked really well and I told Jernesto that I thought
we had a good shot," said Jacinto. "I had a little trouble
in the trip; the first turn was very tight. I had a lot of horse
and when I asked him to go, he was very good."
Rasby, owned by Kristine and John Richter, ran second under Roman
Chapa. Trained by Danny Pish, the 7-year-old son of Dynaformer,
closed gamely, but could not catch the winner.
"He ran good," commented Chapa. "I kind of got
into trouble at the 1/8th pole. I was on the rail and I had no where
to go. There was a lot of traffic and the pace was a little slow
tonight that is why we were so bunched up. I think I might have
won, but I had to check him a couple of times; I wasn't able to
let him go."
The Michael Stidham-trained Extra Check, owned by Three Kings
Stable was heavily favored going into tonight’s racing program.
The 3 year-old Kentucky-bred colt ran third in the grade 1 Secretariat
Stakes at Arlington Park last July, but his first foray to Texas
was not very much to his liking. The dark bay colt was sweating
heavily in the paddock and rider Corey Lanerie tried to get him
to settle, but he struggled throughout the race and finished last.
"He was aggressive at first and I wanted to get him off the
bit a little," said Lanerie. "He came back to me but then
wouldn't get back into the bridle. He's a nice horse and I think
he has a good future."
Kris Havingfunnow, sent off at odds of 4-1, returned $11.20 to
win, $5.40 to place and $5.00 to show. The 6-2 exacta paid $77.00
and the trifecta with Thunder Fish, trained by Mindy Willis, returned