Page Me Later Defeats Seven Fillies in the $35,000 Sam Houston Oaks At SHRP

(March 15, 2003)- Page Me Later won the first stakes of her career this evening, capturing the one mile $35,000 Sam Houston Oaks. Owned by the Long Odds Racing Stable and trained by former New York Jets player Jim Hudson, the 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Mutakddim earned $21,000 for tonight's victory.

Rider John Jacinto had the mount and picked up his seventh stakes win of the 2002/2003 Thoroughbred meeting. He settled Page Me Later off the pace behind favorites My First Wife and Run Sarah Run and asked her to run at the top of the stretch. She took to an opening on the rail and rallied past Miss Listo, crossing the wire in a time of 1:40.14.

"This filly has a lot of heart," said Jacinto. "I had never ridden her, but I watched her races. I thought we had a shot and when I saw the opening and asked her to go, she gave me everything she had."

"We had a lot of trouble in her last race (an allowance on February 28) and this time we had a clean shot all the way around," said Hudson. "Racing luck plays a big part in this game."

Miss Listo, winner of the Miss Houston Stakes on November 23, ran second for trainer Steve Asmussen. Jeremy Beasley was in the irons and had a clear trip, but could not catch the winner.

"She handled the distance great," said Beasley. "I couldn't have asked for a better race. It just wasn't our night to win. The three horse jumped up there and got lucky."

Post time favorite, Run Sarah Run, shipped into Houston following her sixth place finish in the $50,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn Park. Trained by Bret Calhoun, Run Sarah Run was ridden by Eddie Martin, Jr., who had piloted her to a win on the Fair Grounds turf in January.

"She was well within herself and relaxed going down the backside," noted Martin. "When those horses came to her she kind of hopped a little and went to flicking her ears. The distance was definitely within her reach. We've been experimenting with blinkers in the morning and she doesn't do that with them on."

Page Me Later, at 6-1, returned $14.40 to win, $4.40 to place and $3.40 to show. The 3-7 exacta paid $49.40 and the 3-7-6 trifecta returned $198.80. On Silver Wings, Onella, My First Wife, Valid Desire and Our Lady Megan completed the order of finish.

Hudson indicated that Page Me Lady would be turned out for ten days and be shipped to Lone Star Park.

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