||Si Puede and Janet Van Bebber Reign Supreme
in the 2005 Quarter Horse Meeting at Sam Houston Race Park
Houston Race Park concluded its 2005 Quarter Horse meeting on Sunday,
September 11. The final weekend was highlighted by accomplishments by
Si Puede, who locked up Horse of the Meeting honors and trainer Janet
Van Bebber, who wrapped up her fifth leading trainer title at the northwest
Si Puede has lived up to her name throughout the 2005 Sam Houston Race
Park Quarter Horse Meeting and capped her stellar season with a victory
in the $111,400 Sam Houston Derby (G2) on Saturday, September 10. Bred
and owned by Lukin Gilliland of San Antonio, the daughter of Holland Ease
won her fifth consecutive race of the season as she captured the Grade
2 stakes. Trained by Dave Correll, Si Puede had won three stakes earlier
this meet, the $44,750 TQHA Classic Stakes, the $14,750 Gulf Coast Stakes
and the $15,500 Miss Houston Stakes under regular rider, Jose Vega.
Leading Trainer honors went to Janet Van Bebber for the fifth year in
a row. She and her late husband, Steve have won the leading Quarter Horse
training title each year since Sam Houston Race Park opened in 1994. Last
year she made history on October 22, 2004 when Sold Out Show, owned by
Betty Jane Burlin, won the 59th race of the meeting, which surpassed the
previous record for wins in a single meeting. Fittingly, Sold Out Show
returned today and won the first race of the card for Van Bebber racing.
She has won a total of 37 races this meeting, including stakes wins with
Streakin Sin Tacha; Silent Overdrive, who defended his title in the Grade
2 Sam Houston Classic; and Amaze Me Now, who broke his maiden in the $36,555
Colors of Houston Futurity.
James Brooks proved that leading rider titles are worth waiting for.
The 54-year-old jockey won his only previous title in 1973 at Les Bois
Downs. This summer at Sam Houston Race Park, he dominated the entire jockey
colony winning 51 races, which was 25 more than his closest rival, Mark
Page. He and trainer Judd Kearl have formed a solid partnership this summer.
Brooks had multiple wins aboard Jw Silver and Shays Front Runner. He also
piloted longshot Thanks for the Ride to victory in the $13,500 Harrisburg
Stakes on August 19. In addition to his fine performance for Kearl, Brooks
rode winners for Duane Hartsell, Toby Keeton and Monty Brooks.
Leading owner of the meet is A. D. Maddox of Houston, Texas. This was
the first title for Maddox, who won nine races this meet. James Gerhards
trains the majority of Maddox’s horse including Spectacular Dreamer,
Bottoms Up Streak and distance specialist, Seek N Destroy, winner of two
races this meet.
Live Thoroughbred racing will return to Sam Houston Race Park on Friday,
October 28, 2005. The northwest Houston racetrack looks forward to a strong
opening weekend with the return of live racing and simulcast of the Breeders’
Cup World Thoroughbred Championships from Belmont Park. Texas Champions
Day, one of the premier days of racing featuring seven stakes races, will
take place on Saturday, November 19, 2005.