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|Lissa’s Star Breaks Through to
Capture the $40,000 Citgo Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
Houston, Texas (April 1, 2006) - Lissa’s Star a promising
3-year-old colt bred and owned by Houston Texan’s owner Bob
McNair’s Stonerside Stable delivered a touchdown performance
in tonight’s feature at Sam Houston Race Park, the $40,000
Lissa’s Star, trained by Michael Stidham, ran fourth in
his stakes debut last November in the Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston
Race Park. The son of Valid Expectations returned on January 13
and was an impressive winner of an allowance race. Despite drawing
the far outside post in tonight’s seven-furlong Citgo Stakes,
rider Ted Gondron guided the dark bay colt to victory in a final
time of 1:23.63.
“He’s run well every time here,” said Gondron.
“It was a little tough in the Groovy; tonight he did what
we thought he could do. He’s got a real good late kick. We
had the worst post position, but the race set up well. I saved some
ground around the turn and had a lot of horse left.”
John Adger, racing and bloodstock manager for Stonerside Stable,
was on hand for the trophy presentation.
“This has been a tremendous day for us, winning three races
around the country and in Canada,” said Adger. “I want
to congratulate Ted; he rode a beautiful race and has been a wonderful
rider for Stonerside. A lot of credit goes to Rigo Rosas (trainer
Mike Stidham’s Houston assistant) and Mike for getting this
colt ready. The Texas breeding program means a great deal to the
McNairs. Each year we have tried to improve it and we have the first
Congaree foals at the farm. We are looking forward to seeing them
The lightly raced Rain On Monday made his stakes debut tonight
for Danny Pish following back-to-back six-furlong wins at Sam Houston
Race Park. He is a full-brother to multiple stakes winner, Boots
on Sunday, who was trained by Pish and owned by the late Wilton
Scott. Rider Roman Chapa had the call on Rain On Monday, who dueled
with Lissa’s Star, finishing second by ½ length.
“He ran a good race and he was gutsy about it,” acknowledged
Chapa. “I can’t complain about his effort because he
gave me a big effort. I thought I was home free there for a while,
but there was just a better horse on the other side of me. Danny
(Pish) was kind of feeling him out, seeing how he would run, and
fortunately he ran well. He showed his class and I think he’ll
be a better horse next time.”
Lissa’s Star ($8.60) earned $24,000 for the win this evening,
increasing his career bankroll to $56,625. Majestic Note gave another
good account of himself under rider Richard Eramia, finishing third.
Upstream, Guacamole, Goodall, Gambling Wolfe, Proud Jones, Tru Dancing,
Saxton’s Prince and Mama’s Spirit completed the order
of finish. Aggies Rule was an early scratch.
Live racing continues on Sunday, April 2 with the final weekend
of racing set for April 6-9. The Grade III Connally Breeders' Cup
Turf, the richest race of the Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred
meeting, will headline the Saturday, April 8 card.