-photo by Jack Coady/Coady Photography
|Sea Dub Captures the $40,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes at SHRP
Houston, Texas (November 27,
2004) - A field of seven runners took to the John Connally Turf
Course for tonight's feature, the $40,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes.
Sea Dub, a 5-year-old gelding, ridden by Luis Quinonez, took command
at the quarter-pole and surged and to the wire of the 1 1/16 mile
stakes in a time of 1:46.57.
Owned and bred by Doyle Williams, of Tulsa, Oklahoma and trained
by Joe Petalino, Sea Dub won the fifth turf race of his career and
his first victory at Sam Houston Race Park. He picked up a check
for $24,000 tonight and increased his lifetime earnings to $228,213.
"He ran a nice race," said Quinonez. "Joe told
me to lay off a little bit. The pace was real slow and the track
was soft, but I just got him comfortable. I sat back and the rail
opened up and he came through and ran pretty well in the end. I've
ridden him at Remington Park and Hot Springs, but never got to win
on him. I'm glad we could do it here."
"This is a good turf course," said Petalino. "We
were going to run him at Remington but the race came off the turf.
He ran well tonight and I think he will make his next start in the
Colonel Bradley at Fair Grounds."
The longest shot in the field, Payasito, went to the lead and
mounted a solid effort under Filemon Rodriguez. He was in front
by two lengths at the top of the stretch until Sea Dub made his
"He jumped out of the gate and went on his own," said
Rodriguez. "He was nice and relaxed and kept on running for
me in the stretch. The turf course was soft, but he was handling
it well and ran a good race."
Run to the Border, a 5-year-old son of El Prado, closed well under
Terry Stanton for the show spot.
"He tried really hard," commented Stanton. "The
grass is really soft right now. He's a big, strong horse and he
tries so hard. I was bunched up early and he was tugging on me really
hard. Paul (trainer Paul Murphy) told me when I get down the backside
to make sure I find me a hole. So I was following the eight-horse
(Virginia Pride) and when he moved, I moved. I had a perfect trip;
we just came in third best."
Sea Dub, sent off at 3-1, paid $8.20 for the win. The 6-5 exacta
returned $132 and the 6-5-4 trifecta paid $460.40. Crowned King,
Late Expectations, winner of last weekend's Richard King Handicap,
Virginia Pride and Campinout completed the order of finish. A R
Crackers and Popped Corn were scratched.