|Savorthetime Draws Off to Capture
the $35,000 San Felipe Stakes At SHRP
(December 20, 2003) - Savorthetime, trained by Al Stall, Jr.,
presented owners Brenda and Philip Robertson of Grandview, Texas,
with an early Christmas present this evening at Sam Houston Race
Park. The 4-year-old filly gamely defeated a field of seven fillies
and mares in tonight’s feature, the $35,000 San Felipe Stakes.
The Kentucky-bred filly was ridden to victory by Curt Bouque.
He settled her off the pace and was content to track Eternal Cup
through the first half-mile. Bourque called on her at the top of
the stretch and she rallied past Eternal Cup and drew off by 1 ¾
lengths, covering six-furlongs on a fast track in a final time of
"She’s a nice mare and makes me look good," said
Bourque. "She left the gate running and put me in a spot to
win. I just aimed her and was just a pilot. She did everything I
asked of her. She’s special to me because I’ve won six
on her. She will win just about everywhere; she broke her maiden
at Lone Star and won two at Arlington Park as well."
Eternal Cup from the barn of Steve Asmussen ran second. The 3-year-old
daughter of Montbrook has been running in stakes company in Texas
and Louisiana. Rider Lonnie Meche flew in from the Fair Grounds
to ride. Asmussen had the starting gate crew place a blanket on
her hindquarters when they loaded her into the gate.
"She was scratched at the gate in the race before I got her,"
said Asmussen. "We put it on her in the first race she ran
for us and we aren’t going to take it off now! She ran a good
race and was outrun by an outstanding filly."
Miss Mary Apples , shipped in from Kentucky and ran third. Trained
by Mark Hubley, the 3-year-old daughter of Clever Trick was ridden
tonight by Kerwin Clark.
"I thought she did great," said Clark. "I mean
they ran 1:09 and some change; those are two nice fillies that ran
in front of her. She ran as fast as she could. But she couldn't
run fast enough tonight."
Savorthetime returned $4.00, $2.60 and $2.40 across the board.
Completing the order of finish were Pine Thymeprincess, Sarastorm,
Roxaedit and Miss Photogenic.
Robertson indicated that Savorthetime would make her next start
at the Fair Grounds and possibly return to Sam Houston Race Park
on January 17 for the running of the $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff.