|Leo's Last Hurrahy Closes For Victory
in the $35,000 Kingwood Stakes at SHRP
Texas (December 13, 2003) - Leo’s Last Hurrahy, owned
by Kenneth W. Murphy of Dallas returned to his championship form
tonight at Sam Houston Race Park as he captured the $35,000 Kingwood
The Texas-bred son of Leo Castelli was the winner of the $150,000
Texan Juvenile on Texas Champions Day in 2002. Trained by Bob Young,
Leo’s Last Hurrahy was winless since his victory on November
16, 2002. Following his seventh place finish in the USA Stakes at
Lone Star last May, Young gave the 3-year-old gelding four months
off. He returned to the racetrack at Sam Houston Race Park on November
8 and has improved in each of his three starts this meeting.
Under rider Felipe Valdez, Leo’s Last Hurrahy came off the
pace and closed with authority in the final furlong, just eclipsing
Record Assembly at the wire. He completed the 1 mile and 70 yard
stakes in a time of 1:43.40.
"The horse ran a good race tonight and I thought Felipe rode
him well," said Young. "I thought the race set up well
for us. There was a lot of speed and he likes to come from behind.
He had ulcers and we had to give him about four months off. He ran
well (in the Conroe Stakes) and we were hoping that would set him
up for this race."
Record Assembly, owned and trained by Charles Hukill, has an affinity
for the Sam Houston Race Park surface, winning the $100,000 Star
of Texas Stakes on Texas Champions Day in a dead heat with Desert
Darby. Rider John Jacinto, once again, had the mount.
"I really appreciate this horse and how Charles has given
me the opportunity to ride him," said Jacinto. "I think
he did the best he could and he was trying pretty hard today. He's
still a nice horse and he was fighting really hard from the beginning.
I think he gave me all he could."
Kool Humor sent off as the post time favorite, ran third. Trained
by Jack Bruner for owner Tom Durant, Kool Humor won the $50,000
Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs on August 30. He ran fourth in
his last two stakes and his jockey, Kerwin Clark, was disappointed
in the outcome of tonight’s effort.
"I didn’t have any excuse," said Clark. "He’s
been acting up in gate lately and did so tonight. He came to them
entering the stretch but just didn’t have the punch to go
on. He may need a break cause these horses shouldn’t be able
to run with him, much less beat him."
Leo’s Last Hurrahy paid $13.80 to win, $6.80 to place and
$3.80 to show. The 8-4 exacta returned $141.60 and the 8-4-6 trifecta
paid $393.40.Completing the order of finish were Seven Talents,
Giant Bellyache, Toratora, Commander’s Affair and Marsh.
Two Arabian Stakes Held Tonight
Arabian stake races were also on the Saturday night card at Sam
Houston Race Park. The winner of colts and gelding division of the
$18,800 Texas Arabian Lonestar Futurity was Blazing Colors, owned
by Trackside Farms of Williston, Florida. The 3-year-old colt won
the first stakes of his career completing the six-furlong stakes
in a time of 1:19.62 under rider John Jacinto.
In the filly division the $20,000 Texas Arabian Lonestar Futurity,
Nafissah ($3.00), owned by Guy Neivens and trained by Bobbie J.
McAlister, was an impressive winner, defeating her six rivals in
a time of 1:20.53. Helen Vanek was the winning jockey, leading gate-to-wire,
drawing off to win by 12 lengths.