|Sarastorm Triumphs in the $35,000
Double Your Flavor Stakes at SHRP
(March 29, 2003)-
The final stakes race of the 2002/2003 Thoroughbred meeting, the
$35,000 Double Your Flavor Stakes was held tonight at Sam Houston
Race Park. The stakes was named for the retired former champion
at Sam Houston Race Park, Double Your Flavor. The accomplished mare,
who raced for Dr. Jeffrey Kass and trainer Paul Duhon, won 17 races
at Sam Houston Race Park, a record for wins at the northwest Houston
racetrack. Double Your Flavor, retired in 1999 and now owned by
Tony Varvares and enjoying a second career as a broodmare.
The Double Your Flavor Stakes attracted a field of seven fillies
and mares and the winner was Sarastorm, owned by Nijad I. Fares
and trained by Jerry Mayfield. This was the first stakes win for
the 5-year-old mare who was bred in Texas by Don Hickman. The daughter
of Rare Brick won an allowance race at Sam Houston Race Park on
November 20 and has hit the board for each of her previous four
starts this meeting.
The victory was especially rewarding for rider Terry Stanton who
is engaged in a riveting battle with fellow rider, Don Simington
for leading rider honors. Simington currently has 75 wins to Stanton’s
"She is a really nice mare," said Stanton following
the victory. "I felt that she would run a good race tonight
and when I asked her, she gave me 110%."
"I feel that she is getting better as she gets older,"
commented Mayfield. "We look forward to sending her to Lone
Star and seeing how she does this summer."
Halo Tyra, owned by the Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, mounted a bid
on the final turn and held the lead until Sarastorm rallied past
her at the wire. Jeremy Beasley rode the 4-year-old filly for leading
trainer, Steve Asmussen.
"Things couldn't have set up more perfect for us," observed
Beasley. "Hats off to Terry. We were just second best tonight.
I wanted to let the speed go tonight and stalk, and try to make
her run down the lane. It just wasn't enough."
Sarastorm, who ran as part of an entry with Lady Sonya, paid $5.00
to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show. The 1-4 exacta paid $12.80
and the 1-4-2 trifecta paid $59.80.
Completing the order of finish in the Double Your Flavor Stakes
were Lady Sonya, Discos Pearl, Wayne’s Princess and Dust Pebble.
Sunday marks the final day of the 2002/2003 Sam Houston Race Park
Thoroughbred meeting with free admission and the presentation of
the End of the Meet awards.