|Charming Socialite Returns on One
Week's Rest to Capture the $25,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes at Sam Houston
(December 10, 2006) - Defending champion,
Charming Socialite returned to the winner’s circle at Sam
Houston Race Park in tonight’s feature, the $25,000 Buffalo
Bayou Stakes. He did it in the same style as last year, guided by
Larry Taylor in front-running fashion over the Connally Turf Course.
The difference was that he was coming back just seven days after
competing in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes on Texas Champions
Day. Trained by William Pettit and bred in Texas and co-owned by
Pettit and Paul A. Sutton, Charming Socialite has performed admirably
at all the Texas racetracks and set a turf track record last April
at Sam Houston Race Park.
“This horse likes to run on the lead,” said Taylor.
“I was kind of worried about coming back after seven days,
but Bill told me he was in good form. He ran well and held on for
the win. I’ve probably won six or seven stakes on him; he’s
one of my favorite horses; right at the top of my list.”
“He ran a good race last week (second in the Spirit of Texas)
and came out of the race so good, bucking and playing, so I said
‘let’s go for it. He’s a Texas horse and we want
to showcase his talent. We got outrun by a better horse (Mystery
Classic) last week, but we were a little better tonight.”
Longshot Doctor Doctor Mrmd, trained by Sandra Montgomery rallied
for second under rider Anthony Cruz, just losing by a nose.
“I’m ticked to death,” said Montgomery. “Especially
since he’s gotten some bad trips lately. You have to expect
that, though, because it’s a horse race. But he ran a great
race tonight. (The jockey) had to check him because they all kind
of bunched up there. Then he evened out and ran great. He hasn’t
had many starts this year because there just haven’t been
that many good races for him. There are just a small group of horses
that he goes against that any of them can win. And he got beat by
a good horse tonight. But it was close. I think if I could have
yelled just a little bit louder he would have won.”
While last year Charming Socialite was sent off at 7-1, the betting
public gave him lots more respect and bet him down to .80-1. The
dark bay gelding returned $3.60 to win. The exacta paid $47.20 and
the trifecta returned $161. The remainder of the field included
Blinding Prospect, Ol’ Dump, Greggo, Laura’s Choice
and Tiki Island.
Charming Socialite, who was named Sam Houston Race Park Champion
Texas-Bred of the Meet last year, earned $15,000 this evening and
increased his lifetime earnings to $405,510. He covered the mile
and one-sixteenth stakes over a firm turf course in 1:45.78.
News and Notes- Sweep for Trackside Racing and Loren
Two divisions of the Texas Arabian Futurity were run at Sam Houston
Race Park tonight. Seven Arabian colts and geldings were entered
in the $21,000 Texas Arabian Futurity and The Last Danse ($3.40)
lived up to his 3-5 post-time favorite billing as he drew off by
five lengths. Trained by Loren Nichols and ridden for the first
time by Roimes Chirinos, the Florida-bred colt crossed the wire
of the six-furlong stakes in 1:19.45 for Trackside Racing. The Last
Danse is half-brother to multiple-stakes winner, Tour de France.
“He’s a really nice colt,” commented Nichols.
“Roimes rode him perfect. He did just what I wanted him to
do. Anytime you can get clear of traffic, it’s an advantage.
And the shortest distance to the winner’s circle is on the
front. We’re going to give him a little break now, then we’ll
bring him right back here in March. They have some racing in California,
and I did that last year. But they just don’t get a chance
to rest. This is our only colt, but we have three or four nice fillies
we’re going to bring with him.”
Rolly Polly ($3.00) captured the filly division of the $30,000
feature, which attracted a field of 11. Bred by Trackside Farm in
Florida, Rolly Polly made the most of her first trip to Texas, drawing
off to win by seven lengths with a confident ride from Chirinos.
“She’s done very well,” said Nichols. “She’s
a true champion and should be champion 3-year-old filly of the year.
We are going to pass up California; it’s just too hard on
the horses. They need a break and have been training solid for a
year, but we’ll be back here in March. ”
Rolly Polly’s entrymate, Café Latte rallied for second
and 18-1 Lulu Gamboo, trained by Lynnett Hershbell, completed the
“Michelle (Morgan Of Mandolynn Hill Farm) is wonderful to
train for,” said Hershbell. “She told me to take my
time with this filly and shoot for this race. If you don’t
run her, great. So that leaves me free rein. So we put her in cheap
at Delaware because they’re not claiming there. Took her back
and let her get experience weaving in and out of horses. It’s
always nice to win, but we didn’t really care if we won those
races because we were shooting for this. We put the blinkers on
her tonight because she wants to look around. Billy (Hollick) said
she was still looking around a little bit, and that probably cost
us a length. But we just got outran. But I was happy that she stayed
closer, and we just needed a little more oomph at the end. At Delaware
she was making a nice move and then kind of flattening out at the
sixteenth pole, and that’s kind of what she did tonight. But
I think we’re still planning to go to California. Those top
two fillies aren’t going, and it looks like she came out of
the race tonight just fine.”