May 12, 2012
Allure Sr splashed to a convincing win in Sam Houston Race Park's Friday night feature, the $42,300 Bank of America Texas Maiden Challenge.
Owned by Gilberto Flores and trained by Janet VanBebber, the 4-year-old mare came in to the race with the fastest qualifying time after winning her career debut convincingly, drawing off by 2 1/2 lengths. Arturo Carillo was the winning rider Friday night, covering 350 yards in :17.402 over a muddy track. Sent off as the post-time favorite, Allure Sr paid $5.00 for the win, earning a speed index of 104.
"I am so pleased to have this mare in my barn," said VanBebber. "She's gutsy and 100% class. She got a little excited in the trials, but was very professional tonight and never lost her cool."
VanBebber complimented the Sam Houston Race Park's track surface, which withstood a heavy downpour earlier in the evening.
"Sam Houston does an excellent job of maintaining their track surface," added VanBebber, who has won five leading trainer titles in Houston. "At other tracks, I might have been concerned with the conditions, but not at Sam Houston."
Francisco and Jose Gonzalez bred the Make It Anywhere mare in California from the Chicks Beduino mare Lili Call Me. After two races and two wins, the gray miss has earned $20,958.
Another lightly raced California-bred, Jo Jos Rocket, finished three-quarters off the winner to earn $8,460 for second. Owned, trained and bred by Carlos De Jesus Gonzalez, Jo Jos Rocket was ridden by Alejando Luna. The gelded son of The Chocolate Rocket is out of Miz Proudest Chic, by Proudest Effort.
Jorge Haddad's Im A Feature Girl took the show position under jockey Santos Carrizales. The Feature Mr Jess filly out of This Girl Is Special, by Special Effort, picked up $4,230 to push her career earnings mark past $10,000. J.E. III, D.C. and C.T. Jumonville bred Im A Feature Girl in Louisiana.
Carlo Magno and Sixes Diamond dead-heated for fourth. Completing the field were Herein, My First Timber, Ivory Cartel and Jessa Kool Perry.
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