Manor Downs 2006 Meet Gets Off To Wet Start

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

Fredonia Express :17.760 Inez De La Cruz Simon G. Barrionuevo Rodrigo Vallejo
Separate Royal Ways :17.838 Bobby Martinez Carolina Montemayor Raul Ramirez Jr.
Shining Strawfly :17.848 Bobby Martinez Alex and Jahir Villarreal Alfonso Lujan
Randy Net :17.896 Enrique Chavez Chavez Enterprises Santos Carrizales
Snow And Jeans :17.925 Salvador Flores Rigo Flores John Hamilton
Courageforgreatness :17.933 John Boegner John Boegner and Free Rein Farm Raul Ramirez Jr.
Im Bionic :17.936 Alfredo Triana J and J Stone Co., Inc. Juan Vasquez
Holland Hollywood :17.948 Heath Taylor Connie Nobles Gilbert Ortiz
Runaway Sixes :17.950 Tommy Zarate Joe F. Gutierrez, Jr. and Jerry Windham James Brooks
Rare Stitch Streakin :17.966 Bobby Martinez Ramiro Lopez Alfonso Lujan

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.

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