|Souris Flies to the Wire in the
$35,000 Cy-Fair Stakes at SHRP
(December 6, 2003)-
Three-year-old fillies took center stage this evening at Sam Houston
Race Park and the heavily-favored Souris prevailed in the $35,000
Cy-Fair Stakes. The Kentucky-bred filly is owned by Nelson Bunker
Hunt of Dallas, Texas and trained by leading Sam Houston Race Park
conditioner, Steve Asmussen. The well-traveled filly was making
her tenth start of the year, having competed in stakes races at
Delta Downs, Sunland Park, Lone Star Park, Hoosier, Churchill Downs
and most recently, a fourth place finish in the $100,000 Hawthorne
Asmussen gave the call to Jeremy Beasley, who is emerging as a
superstar in the Sam Houston Race Park jockey colony. Tonight was
his sixth stakes win of the meeting and he won three additional
races on the Saturday night card to lead all riders with 48 wins.
Beasley was content to settle Souris off the pace of her six rivals
and trailed the field until she began passing horses at the turn.
Heading for home, she had just one filly to contend with, Real Bear
and she soared past her at the wire, completing the seven-furlong
stakes over a fast track in 1:24.72.
"I was told that this was her best distance and to just be
patient and that is what I did," said Beasley. "If anyone
is going to have a heart attack over these close finishes it ought
to be me, because I am the one that is supposed to get there first.
That other mare came back on and I had to ask my filly for everything
and she gave it to me."
Real Bear, a talented daughter of Formal Gold, had to settle for
second. Owned by Tom Durant and trained by Jack Bruner, she was
making her first start since an allowance win on September 5 at
Retama Park. Kerwin Clark has ridden her in her last three outs
and was impressed with her race this evening.
"I had a great ride," commented Clark. "My filly
just got outrun by the better horse. It was a great race though."
Irish of Dobbin, trained by Andy Konkoly, sent off at odds of
28-1, completed the trifecta under rider Felipe Valdez.
"This filly has been running in $15,000 races, so this is
a move up for her," stated Valdez. "She ran great. I got
squeezed out of the gate and had to check up a little. I'm happy
she did so well."
Souris earned $21,000 for tonight’s victory, increasing
her career earnings to $329,306. She returned $3.60, $2.40 and $2.10
across the board. The 4-3 exacta returned $10.00 and the 4-3-6 trifecta
paid $75.40. Page Me Later, Golden Intelect, Keene Lady and Crow
Jane completed the order of finish.