by Jack Coady/Coady Photography
|Oklahoma-bred Racing Sundown Draws
Off to Capture the $40,000 San Felipe Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (January 8, 2005) - Racing Sundown, bred, owned
and trained by Larry Ronald Brown of Buffalo Valley, Oklahoma, outran
her odds and captured tonight's feature, the $40,000 San Felipe
Stakes. The Oklahoma-bred filly was ridden to victory by Quincy
Hamilton, who is riding as a journeyman following his sensational
year as an apprentice jockey. The son of Quarter Horse rider, John
Hamilton, Quincy rode at Sam Houston Race Park last fall, shipped
his tack to Pimlico in Maryland and finished his year at Remington
Park, where he won his first riding title.
Hamilton gave the Oklahoma-bred filly a confident ride and averted
trouble when early leader and post time favorite, Cat's Cat was
pulled up by rider Ted Gondron as the field headed into the far
turn. Hamilton, who was on the rail, angled Racing Sundown to the
outside and surged to a 2 ¾ length victory, covering six-furlongs
on a fast track in a final time of 1:11.60.
Sent off at 15-1, Racing Sundown paid $33.40 to win.
"She's a nice filly, winning a couple of stakes at Remington
Park," said Hamilton. "Ted pulled up his horse in front
of me, but luckily I had just enough room and I got through on the
rail. I angled out and she hit another gear."
"I guess she just liked this racetrack," added Brown.
"I've known Quincy quite a while and he's a real good jockey.
He did a great job tonight."
Questionable Past, owned by Long Odds Racing Stable, Inc., ran
second under Cathleen Garner. The 4-year-old filly, previously trained
by Jim Hudson, is now in Michael Stidham's barn. Garner rode her
to victory in the 2003 Miss Houston Stakes and was thrilled to be
reunited with the classy filly.
"She did good," commented Garner. "I think it took
her a minute to realize, 'Hey, I can do this.' Then it kicked in.
She did well. She did real good. I'm very happy."
The race was marred by the injury to Cat's Cat. The 5-year-old
mare, trained by Michael Stidham, was making her 24th career start.
Rider Ted Gondron felt her take a bad step at the 5/16ths pole and
pulled her up. Sadly, she suffered a broken leg and had to be euthanized.
"She broke her left front just above the ankle," said
Gondron. "The (state) veterinarian examined her and thought
the most humane thing to do was put her down. It is a shame, too.
She felt the best tonight - she warmed up great, made the lead easy
and was moving easy. I felt her take a bad step about the top of
the turn and gathered her then about two strides later I felt her
leg start giving away. She wanted to keep running but allowed me
to direct her out of harm's way. It's a shame"
Hay Madison, part of a two-horse entry owned by Ro Parra, ran
third with Terry Stanton aboard. Joyce Ann, So Sorry, Angelic Jewel,
Lite and Misty and Lucky Tunnel completed the order of finish.
Brown has nominated Racing Sundown for the $50,000 Sam Houston
Distaff on January 22.