Texas Long Bow
-photo Dustin Orona Photography
|Former Claimer and Longshot Texas Long Bow Wins the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial Sunday at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Sunday, June 23, 2019) - What a great claim trainer Michael Whitelaw made for owner Tyree J. Wolesensky earlier this month. They picked up Texas Long Bow at Lone Star Park on June 1 for a $10,000 tag and turned him around for his first stakes win in the $50,000 Wayne Hanks Memorial today. What a bargain!
Winning rider Iram Diego hustled the four-year-old Texas-bred son of Crossbow to the lead, setting a pressured pace with Rumpole breathing down his neck on the outside. He lost the lead briefly at the three sixteenths, but dueled gamely to prevail by a nose. Settling for place was multiple stakes winning Rumpole. It was an impressive effort for coming off of a sizeable layoff. His last start was in November.
Final time for the six and one half furlong contest was 1:17.77. Fractions throughout were :22.45, :45.35 and 1:10.88. The main track was listed as fast.
Mutuel payoffs were, for the winner $45.20, 18.80 and 9.00. Place players got back $6.80 and 4.60. A M Milky Way was third and returned $6.60 for show wagers. Favorite Direct Dial was fourth, followed by Supermason, Kats Second Silver, Trumps Revenge and Don't Blame Dexter.
The win was worth $30,000 for Texas Long Bow, which put his career total at $64,751. It was his fourth win from eight career starts.