-photo by Jack Coady/Coady Photography
|Horse for the Course, Sweet Idea
Wins the $25,000 Space City Stakes and Remains Undefeated at Sam Houston
(December 16, 2006) - Sweet Idea returned
to the winner’s circle tonight in the $25,000 Space City Stakes.
The 3-year-old filly has won each of her five starts at the northwest
Houston racetrack and did not disappoint her supporters this evening
as she drew off by 5 ½ lengths under rider Quincy Hamilton,
completing the seven furlong stakes in a final time of 1:23.89.
Owned by Barnett Stables LLC and trained by Bret Calhoun, Sweet
Idea won three races here last meet including the $40,000 Sam Houston
Oaks last March. She returned to action on December 2, capturing
the $75,000 Martanza Stakes on Texas Champions Day.
“She sure is a game filly,” said Hamilton, who won
the riding title here for the past two years. “She breaks
sharp and settled in nicely behind a decent pace. She was patient,
as I was and we got to the outside of the early pacesetters and
she was very game.”
“This filly really seems to like Sam Houston Race Park,”
said Jay Severs, who runs the Houston barn for Calhoun. “This
was her second race back off a layoff and this was a good win for
her. Seven furlongs can be a tough distance; the filly handled it
well. The further she goes, the better, but we weren’t afraid
of sending her out for seven furlongs.”
Barbette was making just the fourth start of her career this evening
for trainer Danny Pish and her first attempt on the main track.
The daughter of High Yield won a one-mile turf maiden special weight
on November 10 at Remington Park and ran an excellent race tonight.
She closed well under rider Don Simington to finish a neck in front
of Olmosta, who is conditioned by Andy Konkoly.
“She ran really good,” acknowledged Simington. “They
told me they were keeping an eye on her, because she’s done
everything they’ve asked of her. First time on the dirt, she
handled everything perfect and responded big when I asked her. She
sat right behind them where I wanted her to be, and when I called
on her she finished real strong. That was a pretty nice race.”
Sweet Idea ($2.80) won $15,000 for tonight’s effort and
will most likely remain at Sam Houston Race Park, according to Severs.
Victory Bride, Love My Place, Crypto Note, Dancing Delilah and Catch
Me Rowdy completed the order of finish.
Live racing continues Sunday, December 17 at 5:00 p.m. The holiday
racing schedule will shift to two nights of live racing for the
next two weeks: Friday, December 22 and Saturday, December 23 as
well as Friday, December 29 and Saturday, December 30