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Wrenice Wins Her Fourth in a Row in the $45,000 Houston Chronicle Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park

Houston, Texas (November 18, 2006) - Wrenice is a fast filly on a winning streak and she added another victory tonight as she captured the first stakes of the Sam Houston Race Park Thoroughbred season, the $45,000 Houston Chronicle Stakes.

The 2-year-old rising star is owned and bred in Texas by Stewart Hamblen of Canyon, Texas and trained by Randy Mayfield. She made her debut last summer at Lone Star Park, running second in the $111,330 TTA Sales Futurity and winning the $125,000 Pan Zareta division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on July 8 and the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park on October 14. Regular rider, Bobby Walker, Jr. guided the daughter of Uncle Abbie to the lead and she turned back her six rivals, drawing off by nine lengths as she crossed the wire of the six-furlong event in 1:10.19.

“She’s pretty quick, I’ll tell you that,” commented Walker. “Randy has done really well with her as she has a weak immune system and is prone to lung infections. I don’t really do much except let her break and sit there; she’s that fast naturally.”

Mayfield was asked about bringing Wrenice back to Sam Houston Race Park in two weeks for the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes on Texas Champions Day.

“Well, we’ll see tomorrow morning and over the next two or three days,” said Mayfield. “I’m not going to rule it out; I’ll see how she pulls up. She’s one of the best fillies I’ve got right now.”

The dark bay filly is the pride and joy of Hamblen and his family. They were present to see her win her fourth consecutive race this evening.

“I don’t have a stable full; I’ve just got one horse,” said Hamblen. “I’ll leave the decision on the next race to Randy. I told him when we started this that he’s driving and I’m riding.”

Foolish Girl ran second for breeder and owner, Ed Few and trainer Tommie Morgan. John Jacinto, who was the leading rider at Sam Houston Race Park in the 2001/2002 Thoroughbred meeting, had the mount.

“She broke terrible, but she’s improving,” said Few. “She’s been hurt a lot. She had two bad races. In the one, she had a fractured shin bone, and in the other she had an abcess. But she’s going to be a usable filly. It’s the mare’s second foal, and that’s what I look for. She broke so badly, she had a lot of catching up to do. She wouldn’t have caught (Wrenice), but she would have been a lot closer if she hadn’t had so much catching up to do. I’m real pleased with her. We’ll be bringing her back for the Bara Lass on Texas Champions Day.”

Lunar Lady, who has been competing in stakes at Zia Park and Prairie Meadows, for trainer Scott Blasi, closed well for third under rider Paul Nolan.

This was the fourth win for Wrenice, who earned $27,000 for tonight’s victory, increasing her career earnings to $214,346. She was sent off as the prohibitive favorite, returning $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10 across the board. Mom’s Delight, Hermighty, Miss Dove and Becky’s Blarney completed the order of finish.

Live racing Sunday, November 19 at 5:00 p.m. There will be no live racing on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 23, but Sam Houston Race Park will be open at 9:30 a.m. for simulcasting.

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