|Valid Pulpit is Victorious in the
$35,000 Bayou City Stakes
(January 25, 2003)-
Valid Pulpit is a filly on a roll, adding another stakes win as
she closed powerfully to capture the $35,000 Bayou City Stakes at
Sam Houston Race Park. Trained by Steve Asmussen for owner Stephen
R. Baker of Dallas, Texas, Valid Pulpit crossed the wire of the
six furlong contest in a time of 1:11.41 under rider Cliff Berry.
This was the second stakes victory for the daughter of Pulpit.
She captured the $50,000 Princess Handicap at Sunland Park on November
22 and has now won $105,540 in her career. In tonight’s effort,
Berry settled the Kentucky-bred filly while Jewels For A Lady and
Simply Siber battled for the lead. He was sitting in third as they
headed into the turn and called on Valid Pulpit at the top of the
"I was sitting comfortable and then it looked like the front
runners got away from me at the head of the stretch," said
Berry. "But she never gave up; she dug in and came right at
the wire. She’s a real classy filly; quiet as she can be,
broke good and did everything well."
Valid Pulpit and Miss Listo, winner of the Miss Houston Stakes
on November 23, were both saddled tonight by Shawn Talbot, assistant
to Steve Asmussen.
"She overcomes a lot for as small as she is," noted
Talbot. "She ships well and overcomes any adversity bestowed
upon her. It’s extremely difficult having two in the barn
run against each other, but tonight Valid Pulpit turned the tables
(Miss Listo beat her by a head in an allowance race at Keeneland
on October 4, 2002)."
Simply Siber, trained by Allen Milligan, hung on for second under
rider Tuffy Collier.
"She ran a good race," said Collier. "I really
didn't expect to find myself on the lead. I looked in the Daily
Racing Form and there were a lot of horses that had speed, so my
plan was just to hang back off the early leaders and run them down
the lane. But I inherited the early lead right away and nobody was
going, so I just let her go. She ran her guts out, but they just
ended up catching her. She gave all she had."
Olguina, a talented filly who had run her previous races in Mexico,
completed the trifecta for trainer Enrique Garcia. She was making
her first start since July 21 and was ridden tonight by Felipe Valdez.
"I rode the other part of the entry (Mirush) in her first
start and I felt this one was much better of the two," commented
Valdez. "This filly needed this race. She'll be tough to beat
Valid Pulpit, the favorite in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies,
paid $5.60, $3.80 and $2.80 across the board. Simply Siber ran second
and Olguina completed the $240.40 trifecta. Miss Listo, Mirush,
Page Me Later, Jewels For A Lady and Our Millennia completed the
order of finish.
News and Notes
Two Sam Houston Race Park shippers hit the board in the $100,000
LeComte Stakes this afternoon at the Fair Grounds. The Dallas Stewart-trained
Saintly Look won the grade 3 stakes but Call Me Lefty, trained by
Tommie Morgan ran second under rider Kirk Leblanc. The 3-year-old
Texas-bred colt continues to merit respect, finishing first or second
in each of his seven career starts, including a victory in the $125,000
Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on December 28. Longshot
Winning Fans, trained by Ramon Flores completed the trifecta, returning
$24.40 to show with John Jacinto in the irons.