|Miss Listo Closes for Her First Stakes Win in the $30,000 Miss Houston Stakes at SHRP
(November 23, 2002)- Miss Listo made short work of her
five rivals in tonight’s feature at Sam Houston Race Park,
the $30,000 Miss Houston Stakes. Owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable,
the 2-year-old filly won her third race of the year and the first
stakes of her career tonight. Ridden by jockey Glen Murphy, the
Kentucky-bred filly caught Race To Glory at the eighth-pole and
drew clear, completing the seven furlong contest in a time of 1:25.70.
Trained by Steve Asmussen, Miss Listo shipped to Texas following
five races on the Kentucky circuit, including a sixth place finish
in the $100,000 Pocahontas Stakes at Churchill Downs. The daughter
of Southern Halo earned $18,000 for tonight’s victory, boosting
her career earnings to $72,484.
"She had a nice trip and relaxed really well," said
Murphy. "I was in a good position and just had to wait until
she turned for home and let her do her running. Steve and Shawn
(assistant trainer, Shawn Talbot) brought this horse up really nice
and I’m just happy to be able to get a chance to ride her."
"She’s been training well," commented Talbot.
"She’s a small 900 pound filly that’s an overachiever.
She was very wide on the outside, but dug back in and finished the
race very well."
Race To Glory ran second under rider Roman Chapa. Trainer Michael
Stidham shipped the daughter of Honour and Glory in from Arlington
for owner Barry Golden. She had captured the lead but at the top
of the stretch Miss Listo mounted her attack and Race To Glory could
not hold her off.
"The filly ran good," said Chapa. "I wanted to
hold her back more, but [Honey Rascal] was putting pressure on us.
So she wasn't wanting to relax. She got out in the lane and tried
to run, but she just got a little flat in the end. She’s run
good races so far."
Trainer Paul Murphy had enough confidence in first-time starter
Mexican Moonlight to enter her in the Miss Houston Stakes. She was
ridden to a fourth-place finish by rider Don Simington.
"She was in a little tight on the turn and couldn't really
extend herself," commented Murphy. "I want to send her
two turns on dirt (probably at Fair Grounds) a time or two before
I try her on grass."
Sent off at odds of 2-1, Miss Listo paid $6.00, $2.80 and $2.20
across the board. The 1-2 exacta returned $8.20 and No Betta Cat
completed the $25.60 trifecta. Entrymate Lady Tak was scratched.
Talbot indicated that the Asmussen barn will be hopping in the
next two weeks, as they will saddle several notable contenders for
the NTRA Great State Challenge. Posse, a Silver Deputy colt also
owned by Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, will ship in from Kentucky for
the $275,000 Great State Challenge Juvenile. He broke his maiden
last April at Keeneland, drawing off to a 13 length win. Asmussen
will also ship Easyfromthegitgo in for the $275,000 Great State
Challenge Classic. The 3-year-old colt has earned $668,830 for owners
James Cassels and Bob Zollars and ran in the 2002 Preakness Stakes
last May. The other Asmussen Great State Challenge stakes entrants
include Hannah’s Royalrock in the $275,000 Great State Challenge
Juvenile Fillies for owner Keith Asmussen and Desert Darby, owned
by Ken Quirk, in the $275,000 Great State Challenge Turf.