Stolis Pro Wins AQHA Sam Houston Distance Challenge

The homebred gelding earns his sixth win and second stakes victory at the 870-yard trip.

Q-Racing Journal

Francisco Calderon rode Stolis Pro to the gelding's second stakes victory in Saturday's $18,900 AQHA Sam Houston Distance Challenge. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Stretching back out to his best distance, Stolis Pro scored a 2 1/4-length win in Saturday's $18,900 AQHA Sam Houston Distance Challenge Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

The connections of Stolis Pro,
including owner/breeder Jerry
Windham (second from right),
celebrate in the Sam Houston Race
Park winner's circle. PHOTO: Coady

Stolis Pro covered 870 yards in :45.447 while posting a 102 speed index and his sixth victory in 11 outs at the distance. Francisco Calderon rode the homebred 6-year-old son of champion Stoli for owner Jerry Windham of College Station, Texas, and trainer Leon Bard.

Stolis Pro was coming off of a fourth-place finish, just one length behind winner Heza Bell Perry, in the 550-yard, $20,000 Harris County Stakes on March 31. The gelding is out of Veva Jean, a winning Runaway Winner mare who ran second in the 2001 Barnmaster Sprint Stakes (RG3) at Sam Houston.

Campaigned exclusively in his home state, Stolis Pro has won seven of 26 outs, including last year's 870-yard Benny Pennington Memorial Stakes at Retama Park. The gelding earned $10,584 to push his bankroll to $71,696, and he landed a berth in the October 14, $125,000 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows near Des Moines, Iowa.

Stolis Pro was sent to post as the 9-5 second choice in the field of four and paid $5.60 to win. Ec Cartel, the 9-10 favorite while making his season debut, finished second to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $11.20.

Bet I Make U Famous and The Field Cricket completed the order of finish. Brookstone Dash and Jess Twice Cash were listed as trainer scratches.

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