|Thunderdoll Remains Undefeated
with her Win in the $40,000 Sam Houston Oaks at SHRP
Houston, Texas (March 12, 2005) - A field of six fillies went
postward in tonight's feature at Sam Houston Race Park, the $40,000
Sam Houston Oaks. Thunderdoll, owned by Collett Stable LLC and conditioned
by Al Stall, Jr.
entered tonight's feature with back-to-back victories at Fair Grounds.
She broke her maiden going one mile on the turf on January 16 and
followed it up with a main track victory on February 24. John Jacinto
rode the dark bay filly in that race and came over to Sam Houston
tonight for the Sam Houston Oaks.
Stall was not present, so trainer Michael McEachern saddled the
bay daughter of Thunder Gulch. Parisparis was sent to the lead by
rider Corey Lanerie and completed the first quarter in 25.98 and
the half-mile in 51.68. Jacinto guided his filly to the outside
and dueled to the wire, with Thunderdoll prevailing by a head, completing
the one-mile contest in 1:40.87.
"She's a little filly, but she's got a lot of heart,"
said Jacinto. "The pace was so slow, so I had to make my move
early. She's in the best shape ever and really dug in at the end."
Parisparis, owned by Coastal Racing LLC, was stretching out to
two turns for the first time and ran well in her stakes debut.
"She relaxed great and we went very slow," said Lanerie.
"At the quarter pole, I really didn't think she had any chance
of being beaten. She sprinted home I just couldn't shake the other
filly (Thunderdoll). I spoke to the trainer and the horse trained
great and there was nothing I could have done different."
Leading Sam Houston Race Park trainer Steve Asmussen flew in from
New Orleans. His filly Summerly was a convincing winner in the $300,000
Fair Grounds Oaks and will be pointed toward the Kentucky Oaks.
Asmussen had two entrants in tonight's feature, Timber Jones and
Mybrowneyedgal. They finished third and fourth, respectively.
"Those are two very nice fillies," commented Asmussen.
"I was in both races that Thunderdoll won and she beat me soundly
in both. And that number one showed she is just as good. To finish
third and fourth behind those two is all I could ask of my fillies.
That kept Timber Jones in good form for the next Texas Stallion
Stakes, and MyBrowneyedgal is going to get better as she gets older."
Thunderdoll.returned $4.60 to win. The 6-1exacta paid $10.00 and
the trifecta returned $23,00. Ms Seneca Rock and No Ya Aint I Am
completed the order of finish. Angela Marjorie was an early scratch.