-photo courtesy Coady Photography
|Deputy Dance Wins Bountiful Harvest
Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
24, 2007) - A competitive field of six 2-year-olds were entered
in the $25,000 Bountiful Harvest Stakes, held on Saturday, November
24, 2007, at Sam Houston Race Park. Despite cold and drizzling conditions
throughout the evening, Deputy Dance, trained by Steven M. Asmussen
and owned by Houston-based Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, broke out
of the gate and maintained a strong position throughout the course
of the six furlong race. He completed the race with a final time
of 1:12:08 over the main track, listed as good.
Jockey Jose Figueroa remarked that the colt “broke sharp
and I just sat on him as we headed down the stretch.” While
the advice provided to Figueroa by Tony Mathiesen, assistant to
trainer Asmussen, was simply “just to win tonight.”
Deputy Dance beat out favorite pick Stormy Wedding, trained by
Danny Pish and ridden by Steve J. Bourque. Coming in on the heels
of Deputy Dance was Brendyn Jo of Dough Boy Stable, with Lucky Ned
Pepper, ridden by Bobby J. Walker, Jr. landing in third place.
When asked how the weather conditions affected Brendyn Jo’s
performance, jockey Eduard A. Tejera commented that the surface
was okay and it didn’t seem to affect him much at all.
Sent off at 9-5 odds, Deputy Dance rewarded his backers with payouts
of $6.00, $3.60 and $2.40 across the board. Brendyn Jo landed a
second place win and third place went to Lucky Ned Pepper. Favored
pick Stormy Wedding, trained by Danny Pish who celebrated his 42nd
birthday today, the filly Ruffaroundtheedges and Malabar Slew completed
the order of finish.
Live Thoroughbred racing continues on Sunday, November 25, 2007,
at 5:00 p.m. Thursday racing returns to SHRP on November 29, 2007,
at 7:00 p.m.
Sam Houston Race Park, with the support and cooperation of the
Texas Thoroughbred Association (TTA), will host Texas Champions
Day, a Live Thoroughbred Racing event with a Texas theme, on Saturday,
December 1, 2007. The event, which features eight stakes races and
$500,000 in racing purses, is a celebration of remarkable Thoroughbred
horses, trainers, breeders and owners in Texas.
For more information, please visit www.shrp.com.