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Shakeemdontbreakem Takes Silestone Stakes

Daughter of Contend defeats strong field of Texas-breds for first stakes victory.

April 6, 2013

The second stakes of the 2013 Sam Houston Race Park American Quarter Horse meet featured a well-matched group of 10 accredited Texas-bred fillies and mares, and Shakeemdontbreakem captured the $20,000 Silestone Stakes in gate-to-wire fashion.

Bred by J.B. and Sherrie Morace, the daughter of Contend out of the Royal Shake Em mare The Marquis Queen broke her maiden one year ago at Sam Houston. Tonight, she stepped up to stakes company for trainer Bobby Martinez and crossed the wire of the 330-yard dash in :16.844. Jockey David Alvarez rode the 3-year-old sorrel filly, who earned a speed index of 95, holding off a fast-closing charge from Sweet Oblivion.

“She left good and ran a heck of a race,” said Martinez. “We were surprised at the kind of competition we ran against in this stakes.”

Jakita Investments LLC purchased the filly from the Moraces last year, and co-owner Rick Crosby spoke highly of her talent.

“I had trouble breathing for a few minutes,” said Crosby after the race. “We’re lucky to be here and real appreciative of the people who got us to this point. This mare is very special.”

Sweet Oblivion, a Joe Kirk Fulton homebred, rallied for second under Jose Alvarez. My Angela, a Jet Black Patriot filly, ran third, and Thequeenhasgonenuts, who ran second in the 2012 Sam Houston Futurity (G2), completed the superfecta.

Shakeemdontbreakem was sent off as the third betting choice and paid $8.80, $4.20 and $3.40 across the board. She earned $12,000 for her first stakes victory and improved her career record to three wins from four starts.