|Pie N Burger Clinches Horse of
the Meet With Bob Johnson Romp
(Sunday, July 13,
2003) - Pie N Burger clinched Horse of the Meeting honors by
cruising to an easy win in Sunday’s $60,000 Bob Johnson Memorial
Stakes, the closing day feature at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,
It was the 5-year-old gelding’s third win and second stakes
score of the season. Pie N Burger also won the Grade III Lone Star
Park Handicap and the allowance prep for that race.
“This horse, let me tell you, bottom line is he’s a
runner,” said trainer Cole Norman, who took home an armload
of trophies on the afternoon. “This is about as good as it
Norman earned Champion Trainer honors with a single-season record
98 wins. Horses trained by the 34-year-old also earned Champion
Older Horse (Pie N Burger), Champion Older Female (Eagle Lake),
Champion Texas-bred Female (Eagle Lake), Champion 3-Year-Old Female
(Miss Bridget Jones) and Champion Sprinter (That Tat).
As the odds-on favorite in the Bob Johnson, Pie N Burger pressured
early pacesetter Compendium through opening fractions of :23 3/5
and :45 4/5 in the one-mile contest. Those two were about four lengths
clear of Golden Hare and Rare Cure, who were about another four
lengths ahead of Guaranteed Sweep and Agrivating General. As the
leaders rounded the second turn, Compendium began to falter and
from then on it was just a matter of how much the son of Twining
would win by.
“This is how he likes to run,” jockey Jamie Theriot
said of the winner. “When I got outside of Compendium, he
relaxed for me. When I called on him at the quarter pole he was
full of run.”
Pie N Burger stopped the timer in 1:35.67, finishing 5 ½
lengths ahead of fast-closing Agrivating General, whose game effort
helped clinch Champion Texas-bred Male honors for the 4-year-old
gelding. Trained by Danny Pish for owner Lonnie Bates, hard-trying
Agrivating General won the opening day Premiere Stakes and also
finished second in the Assault Stakes.
Agrivating General was 3 ½ lengths ahead of Compendium,
who dug in to save third. The order of finish was completed by Guaranteed
Sweep, Golden Hare and Rare Cure.
Pie N Burger paid $3.20 for his many supporters. The $36,000 winner’s
share of the purse raised the Kentucky-bred’s earnings to
Tom Kagele, part of the Kagele Bros. Inc & James Bailey partnership
that owns Pie N Burger, was thrilled with the victory.
“This has been great,” Kagele said. “This is
the best time I’ve had in horseracing yet. It’s been
unbelievable here at Lone Star and I’ll be back next year
with more horses.”