|Mr. Devious Earns First Stakes
Victory in the $40,000 Fort Bend County Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (April 3, 2004) - A full field of accredited
Texas-bred 3-year-olds were featured in the $40,000 Fort Bend Stakes
tonight at Sam Houston Race Park. Mr. Devious, owned by the Houston-based
World War IV Racing, closed with authority from his far outside
post to win the first stakes of his career.
Bred in Texas by Ed Few, Mr. Devious made his first career start
at Sam Houston Race Park on January 15. He finished third in that
5 ½ furlong event over a muddy track, but rider Don Simington
was impressed with his debut. Trained by Pam Simpson, Mr. Devious
was shipped to Oaklawn Park where he broke his maiden on February
21 and won an allowance race on March 14.
"The difference in tonight’s effort from his first
start over this racetrack boiled down to fitness and experience,"
said Simington. "He wasn’t quite ready in January; the
field he was in was really tough - one of the toughest maiden races
of the meet. He got a lot out of it, though. I really liked this
colt from the first time I worked him. I’m blessed that I
had an opportunity to ride him back."
In tonight’s race, Mr. Devious settled off the pace from
Goosey Moose and Expectacat, as they completed the first quarter
in 23.18 and the half-mile in 46.30. Simington called on the bay
gelding and he was on even terms with Goosey Moose at the eighth-pole,
dueling and prevailing by a neck. The final time of the seven-furlong
contest, over a fast track, was 1:24.23.
Simpson was proud of his effort, especially overcoming the far
"We just had the horse," commented Simpson. "He’s
unbelievable; he’s a really good horse. He’s mature
beyond his experience and he’s been a wonderful horse to train."
Goosey Moose, under Roger Gomez, showed improvement for trainer
Danny Pish and recorded another stakes placing this evening.
"We needed a one-speed horse," commented Pish. "If
we had a one-speed horse, I think we would have won the race. Roger
said the horse relaxed nicely for him, but I think he would rather
stalk somebody. And if somebody would have wanted the lead and allowed
us to follow them, I think the horse would have relaxed a little
better for Roger, and had a little more finish. Mike Chamberlain
said it perfectly: we got the lead by default; nobody wanted it,
because it's hard to sustain the lead all the way around the track."
Oncearoundtwice, making his first start since Texas Champions
Day on November 15, closed well for the show spot under Jeffery
"He was a little fresh off the layoff and was up closer than
I expected, but the pace was really slower than we expected,"
said Burningham. "He had a good trip other than the slow pace
and gave me what he had when I asked him."