by Jenifer Juelsgaard/Coady Photography
by Sandra Beck/Coady Photography
|Twilight Vision Defends His Title
in the $40,000 Jersey Village Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
Houston, Texas (February 4, 2006) - It was deja vu for
trainer John Locke as for the second year in a row, his runners
finished first and second in tonight’s feature at Sam Houston
Race Park, the $40,000 Jersey Village Stakes.
Defending champion, Twilight Vision, was victorious again this
year. He had a new pilot aboard in Glen Murphy and once again, held
off the late rally of his entry mate, Oncearoundtwice, who was closing
fast under rider Jeremy Beasley. Both Thoroughbreds are owned by
Evelyn Bean of Hurst, Texas.
It has been an interesting year for Twilight Vision since winning
the 2005 Jersey Village Stakes last February. Following his third
place finish in a turf allowance last April at Lone Star Park, Locke
felt that he deserved a vacation and turned him out for the summer.
He resumed training late in the fall and returned to the racetrack
with a second place effort on the turf on December 23. He finished
11th in the $100,000 MAXXAM Gold Cup last month, but that result
did not disappoint his trainer.
“He has always shown an affinity for the turf, so we were
not too upset about his finish in the race on the main track,”
commented Locke. “It was a lot of fun running one-two again
in this stakes.”
Murphy is on a roll of late, taking over the lead in the Sam Houston
Race Park jockey standings over Larry Taylor. He won last weekend’s
feature, the $30,000 Bucharest Stakes and was pleased with the performance
of Twilight Vision tonight.
“Charming Socialite went out the lead and I was supposed
to stay right behind him,” said Murphy. “John’s
conditioned this horse very nicely and I knew I had plenty left.
When we turned for home, he kicked for me; I felt someone coming
and thought I got nabbed, but it was nice to see those red polka
Twilight Vision ($6.20) crossed the wire of the mile-and-one-sixteenth
contest over a firm Connally Turf Course in 1:44.85. He earned $24,000
for tonight’s victory, boosting his career earnings to $105,520.
Post-time favorite, Charming Socialite, trained by Bill Pettit,
was making his first start since Texas Champions Day on November
19. He was sent to the lead by regular rider Taylor, but could not
hold off the Locke-trained entry.
“Well, he’s been off a couple of months and he needed
a race,” said Taylor. “He ran that race and ran hard
got a little tired at the 5/16 pole. He just kept digging in, and
gave it everything he had. We only worked him twice in two months,
so we needed a race. He needed the race tonight, and I think it
made all the difference.”
Twilight Vision paid $6.20 for the win. The 1-6 exacta returned
$21.00 and the 1-6-5 trifecta with Agrivating General, paid $56.60.
Zone Stopper was fourth followed by Spearsville, Late Expectations,
PF Don D, Classoffiftyseven and Stone Cold.
No Live Racing on Super Bowl Sunday
There will be no live racing on Sunday, February 5 due to the Super
Bowl. Sam Houston Race Park will open at 10:30 a.m. for simulcasting
and viewing of the Super Bowl. Racing resumes on Thursday, February
9 and will take place every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
through Sunday, April 9, 2006.