||Manor Downs 2006 Meet Gets Off To Wet
Saturday, February 25, was opening day for Manor Downs'
2006 mixed meet, and the track near Austin hosted a total of 12 races
as rain created sloppy conditions for the competitors.
The first race of the day was a Quarter Horse allowance for Accredited
Texas-bred three-year-olds and upward going 350 yards with a total purse
of $10,100. The Eloy Gonzalez trained Delta Addiction took home the winner’s
portion of $6,060 after finishing with a :17.91 time on a sloppy racetrack
under jockey Rodrigo S. Vallejo. Manuel Gonzalez’ SA Ranch of Alamo,
Texas is the proud owner and breeder. The Angry American ran second, with
Stone Ginger finishing third.
The next 8 races were trials for the Manor Downs Maiden Allowance, Colts
and Geldings Division. The qualifiers for the finals are:
Manor Downs 2006 Maiden Allowance
Colts & Geldings Division Qualifiers
||Inez De La Cruz
||Simon G. Barrionuevo
|Separate Royal Ways
||Raul Ramirez Jr.
||Alex and Jahir Villarreal
|Snow And Jeans
||John Boegner and Free Rein Farm
||Raul Ramirez Jr.
||J and J Stone Co., Inc.
||Joe F. Gutierrez, Jr. and Jerry Windham
|Rare Stitch Streakin
Leading Pardner, guided by Jimmy Brooks, dueled Ima Kat Man, ridden
by Dewey Smith, for the victory in the 870-yard starter allowance in tenth
race on the card. Judd Kearl trains the bay Special Leader gelding for
owners Marianne and Paul Phillips of Midway, Texas. Leading Pardner was
bred by Charles A. Reynolds.
In the eleventh race of the day, Aramac, a bay filly by Wolf Power (SAf),
was ridden to victory by Isaac Chapa in the six-furlong contest by a length
and a half to score her first win in the$7,500 maiden claiming race. Trained
by Emilio Barrera, Aramac stopped the clock at 1:13:73. Bred by Sonny
Ellen, Aramac is owned by partners Charles and Armando Barrera and took
home $3,300 of the $5,500 total purse.
The twelfth and final race of opening day was a smoking victory for
Texas Bob and trainer J. Curtis Cooper. Ridden by David Elston, Texas
Bob took the field to win by 7 ¾ lengths, with a final time of
1:12:34 for owner Prentiss L. Harrison. Texas Bob, an accredited Texas-bred
gelding by Texas City, was bred by Robert J. McAmis. M.D. Cautions came
in second, and third was taken by Fashion Jack.
Despite the unfortunate bad weather, approximately 983 dedicated Texas
racing fans attended and wagered an estimated $79,261 on-track.