Eye N Capo Cruises to Sam Houston Classic Win

The 4-year-old gelding gets his second graded stakes victory.

Q-Racing Journal

Eye N Capo was a prompt odds-on favorite in Saturday's $50,000 Sam Houston Classic Stakes. PHOTO: Coady Photography

Eye N Capo, a 4-year-old Capo de Capi gelding campaigned by Ruben Garcia Montemayor, sprinted to a wire-to-wire victory in Saturday's 440-yard, $50,000 Sam Houston Classic Stakes (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park.

Ridden by Jesse Levario, Eye N Capo covered his quarter-mile trip in :21.631 and earned a 96 speed index while racing against a reported 10-mph head wind. Abelardo Flores Jr. trained the gelding, who was scoring his third stakes win and second graded stakes victory.

Eye N Capo was making his first-ever start at the 440-yard distance.

"We were never worried about the distance,” said Flores. “He’s been running well, and when we saw how strongly he finished in his allowance race (here on April 16), we knew he was ready.  It worked out well.”

Eye N Capo was bred in Oklahoma by Dee and Betty Raper. Raced in Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma, the gelding has won seven of 12 starts, and the $30,000 winner's share of the Sam Houston Classic purse pushed his bankroll to $409,660. His resume includes victories in the 2016 Dash For Cash Futurity (G2) at Lone Star Park and Evangeline Downs Futurity at Evangeline Downs.

Eye N Capo returned a $3.80 win mutuel as the 9-10 favorite. Flyingforunclesam, a 23-1 longshot, finished second, three-quarters of a length behind the winner, to complete a $2 exacta payoff of $60.60.

Beaus Famous, RC Me Leaving You, Chuys Valcom, Here Comes Callan, Big Tex, Dash Quick Perry, Blazin Moon Force, and TLC Dale completed the order of finish.

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