Sam Houston Race Park weekend recap
Another exciting weekend of live thoroughbred racing action has come and gone, and only one weekend remains in the season.
The weekend began with a maiden special weight over a mile and a sixteenth on the turf and a win for Fame Street in the first on Friday. This daughter of Street Sense defeated Tiz a Kockout by almost four lengths with Floyd Wethey aboard and was trained by Bret Calhoun. Mylittlewhiskeygirl finished in third place.
In the fourth race, another maiden special weight on the turf, Zavala battled for the early lead and was able to hold off American Forest and Hard Gold in this five-and-a-half furlong sprint. Wethey got another win in the irons here, and the victorious trainer was Jayde Gelner.
Friday’s third maiden special weight affair came in the sixth, a six-furlong sprint on the dirt. Clay’s Black Opal broke alertly on the inside and led early; he managed to rally after Kell’s Bells put a head in front and showed real determination to win by about a length. Floyd Wethey was once again the winning rider, and Scott Young was the winning trainer. I am Grudd took third.
The eighth race, an allowance for horses 3 years old and up battling over six and a half furlongs on the dirt track, was won by Darylslittlediablo, a son of Congaree who was ridden by Freddy Jose Marrique and trained by Austin Gustafson. Jackman’s Ride took second, with Big Bernie crossing the under the wire in third.
The ninth and final race on Friday’s card was another allowance race, this time over a mile and a sixteenth on the turf for Texas-accredited horses 3 years old and up. Canatlan broke slowly and trailed most of the field through the backstretch before unleashing a furious drive to defeat Tapits Kash by a head. Morollicious was third. Anardis Rodriguez was the winning rider, and Jeremesto Torrez the winning trainer.
Saturday’s first big money race came in the third, an allowance optional claimer sprinting five furlongs on the turf course for horses 3 years old and up. Sign of War, the eventual winner, settled inside and off the pace before swinging wide in the stretch to get up for the win. Stayed in for Half lead early and was able to dig in for second, and Saturday’s Gold had to settle for third.
The next race was a maiden special weight for Texas-accredited 3-year-old fillies over a mile on the dirt. Twitter Traffic jumped to an early lead and was able to slip away and secure the win in the stretch. Flat Out Freda secured second place, with Guitar Groupie finishing third. Rene Diaz claimed the victory as jockey, and Bret Calhoun took home the honors as trainer.
Saturday’s fifth race was another allowance for fillies and mares 3 years old and up going six and a half furlongs on the dirt. Feeling Happy came from off the pace with a wide move on the turn and pulled away for the win in the end. Weston Hamilton rode, and Brent Davidson was the victorious conditioner. Total Malice was able to hold off Aisha R N for second place.
The last race on Saturday’s card was a mile allowance for fillies and mares 3 years old and up on the turf. Using an inside trip all the way around, Templar Red ran into traffic at the top of the stretch and was forced to find a wider way around. She was just able to hold off Moro Lingerie to win by a neck. Lady Got Moves was third. Leandro Goncalves was the winning jockey, while Kari Craddock was the winning trainer.
Mor Peanuts took the third race on Sunday, an allowance optional claimer for Texas-accredited 3-year-old fillies sprinting five and a half furlongs on the dirt. Candy Bee finished second, well behind the leader, with Fast Track in third. Floyd Wethey notched another win in the saddle, and Mindy Willis was the winning trainer.
Race Four on Sunday was another allowance optional claimer, this time for fillies and mares 3 years old and up over seven furlongs on the dirt. Pinky Toe charged to the lead and was able to see out the win over Redefinition and Bendelene. Stewart Elliot and Steve Asmussen combined for the win as jockey and trainer respectively.
The last race of the weekend, an allowance over a mile on the turf for horses 3 years old and up, was decided in dramatic fashion as Stans Hookin Bill charged from well off the pace to defeat Drakon by a neck at the wire. Indy Tourist was third, well behind the two leaders. Rudolfo Guerra was the winning rider, with Karen Jacks taking home the winning trainer’s share.
The live thoroughbred season will conclude this weekend at Sam Houston with full race cards on Friday and Saturday, as always, first post will be one o’clock.