-photo by Jack Coady/Coady Photography
|Gold Coyote Dominates $50,000 Fort
Bend Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
(March 29, 2008) - Sam Houston Race Park held the $50,000 Fort
Bend County Stakes Race, a seven-furlong stakes on the dirt track
for three-year old accredited Texas-breds on Saturday, March 29,
2008. Favored gelding Gold Coyote ($3.20) broke strong from the
gate, setting the pace for the field of nine and extending his lead
down the stretch to win the race by a dominating nine lengths in
a final time of 1:22.91.
Trainer Bret Calhoun stated, “He’s a good horse. It’s
never been a question of his talent; he just sometimes makes a lot
of mental mistakes, but he put it all together today - third race
off the layoff - and he did what we knew he could do.”
Jockey Bobby Walker, Jr. remarked as he entered the winner’s
circle, “That was amazing!” Walker continued by saying,
“He’s a very talented racehorse, and Bret’s done
a heck of a job. Tonight, he just loped around, and there wasn’t
much to it. We set the pace and crossed with a big lead, and you
can’t ask for anything more!”
Gold Coyote’s owner, Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., eagerly watched
the win from the apron. When asked about the horse’s performance,
Scharbauer, Jr. said, “He’s just a nice colt and is
one of the better ones I have raised in a good while. We are going
to take him to Lone Star and race him there next.”
The Scharbauer Family has earned two Kentucky Derby trophies with
horses Alysheba (1987) and Tomy Lee (1959).
Ferdinand’s Flyer finished second in the race, and third
place went to Cuento Del Cielo.
In addition, SHRP hosted two prominent Arabian stakes races -
the middle leg of the Arabian Crown race, the Texas Yellow Rose
Stakes, a race for four-year old fillies, and the Texas Six-Shooter
Stakes, another race for four-year old Arabians.
The Texas Yellow Rose Stakes, which featured a purse of $43,850,
was claimed by DC Willful Spirit ($15.40), who earned her third
straight victory, with jockey Jorge Guzman aboard for each of her
races to date. The filly crossed the finish line ina final time
of 1:34.94. Second place went to Ruby Earrings, and third place
went to Abra Caadabra.
The $46,600 Texas Six-Shooter Stakes was won by Remarkable Man
($18.80). Second place went to Frysk Me Now, and third place was
awarded to Robotic.
Sam Houston Race Park will host the Connally Breeders’ Cup
Turf Festival, which features the most prestigious race of the meet,
the Grade III John B. Connally Breeders’ Cup, and marks the
closing day of Thoroughbred season, on Saturday, April 5, 2008.
Live Thoroughbred racing continues with races every Thursday,
Friday, Saturday and Sunday in March at Sam Houston Race Park. For
more information, please visit www.shrp.com.