|The $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup at
Sam Houston Race Park Closes With 30 Nominations
(January 18, 2007) - Nominations have closed for the MAXXAM
Gold Cup, one of the premier races of the Sam Houston Race Park
Thoroughbred meeting. The mile and one-eighth contest will take
place on Saturday, January 27, 2007 and the ten-race card will also
feature the $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff for fillies and mares.
The MAXXAM Gold Cup closed with 30 nominations, including defending
champion, Middleweight, who came off the pace and captured the 2006
edition of the stakes for trainer Al Stall, Jr. and owners Stewart
M. Madison and Peter Gaffney. Trainer Neil Howard, who won the 2005
edition of the MAXXAM Gold Cup with Alumni Hall, has nominated Patriot
Act and Student Council. Both are owned by William S. Farish and
have solid credentials. Patriot Act has hit the board in each of
his last three starts, including his third place finish in the $75,000
Louisiana Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Fair Grounds on January
6. Student Council is a 5-year-old son of Kingmambo and will be
seeking his first stakes win. He just won an allowance on January
4 at Fair Grounds, improving his lifetime record to four wins from
Sandburr has run well at Sam Houston Race Park for trainer Michael
Stidham. His last appearance at the northwest Houston racetrack
was on December 2 when he captured the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes
on Texas Champions Day. The 8-year-old son of Sandpit added another
stakes win to his resume’ when he won the $75,000 Louisiana
Breeders’ Cup Handicap at Fair Grounds for owners Feel The
Steve Asmussen, who has won the training title at Sam Houston
Race Park a record five times, has nominated More Than Regal and
Real Dandy. Trainer Bobby Barnett, who has won three previous runnings
of the MAXXAM Gold Cup, has nominated Golden Glen, a 6-year-old
son of Forestry, who made his last start on November 26 at Churchill
Two Florida horses are nominated and may ship in for the MAXXAM
Gold Cup. Tap Dancing Mauk is currently stabled at Gulfstream Park
for trainer Eduardo Caramori. He won the $200,000 Zia Park Distance
Championship on December 10 and his owners, Mauk One Racing Stable
are seriously considering sending him to Houston for next weekend’s
stakes. Demeteor, owned and trained by Kenneth E. Hoffman, is another
Florida-based horse that has been nominated. Demeteor has run well
on turf and dirt, finishing second in the 2005 Grade 3 Tropical
Turf Handicap at Calder Race Course.
The MAXXAM Gold Cup has a rich history at Sam Houston Race Park.
Previous champions include the Oklahoma-bred Mr Ross who became
a millionaire with his victory in the 2002 edition of the race.
In 2003, the MAXXAM Gold Cup attracted three horses that had competed
in the Grade 1 Kentucky Derby, Valhol, Arctic Boy and Fifty Stars.
The 7-year-old Valhol, who had dogged the controversy surrounding
his win in the 1999 Arkansas Derby, was brilliant in his MAXXAM
victory for trainer Dallas Keen and owner James D. Jackson.
Two years ago, the MAXXAM Gold Cup belonged to Alumni Hall, a
son of A. P. Indy, conditioned by Neil Howard and ridden by Robby
Albarado. The striking chestnut Thoroughbred is owned noted Texans,
Will Farish, W. Temple Webber and James Elkins. The multiple graded
stakes winner was retired last year and stands at Lanes End in Versailles,
The draws for the MAXXAM Gold Cup and Sam Houston Distaff will
take place on Wednesday, January 24. Post time for the Saturday,
January 27 card is 7:00 p.m. Racing fans are invited to participate
in the $500 MAXXAM Gold Cup Handicapping Contest featuring four
Sunshine Millions stakes races in addition to the MAXXAM Gold Cup
and Sam Houston Distaff.
MAXXAM Gold Cup Champions
||Donnie Von Hemel
||Al Stall, Jr.