02/24/2002 12:00AM

Candid Glen captures second Connally


It was Candid Glen's lucky night at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. He not only won a photo over Even The Score to capture his second consecutive $222,000 Connally Breeders' Cup by a nose, he also withstood an inquiry into stretch run of the 1 1/8 miles race, which led to the disqualification of Even The Score.

Even The Score was placed fifth, while third-place finisher Nat's Big Party was moved to second place. El Gran Papa, who finished fourth as the favorite, was moved into third place after his rider, Garrett Gomez, won an objection against Even The Score, who forced El Gran Papa to check late.

A separate jockey's objection against Candid Glen was lodged by Rita Helton, who rode Schaumburg. The claim was disallowed, and Candid Glen was declared the winner after nearly 10 minutes of deliberating by the stewards.

Candid Glen($22.20) raced about eight lengths off the pace early, and surged late, covering the distance over firm turf in 1:50.38. Jockey E.J. Perrodin rode the winner for owner Glen Warren and trainer Andrew Leggio.

Last year, Perrodin was aboard Candid Glen when won the Connally by a nose over Profit Option.

'Boots' upsets Morluc

Boots On Sunday($9.20) closed with a rush to upset 3-5 favorite Morluc by three-quarters of a length in the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup. It was a head back in third to Kentucky Bay.

Boots On Sunday raced in the second flight early in the five furlong turf race, angled outside of horses into the stretch, and ran down Morluc, who appeared on his way to victory after coming back when overtaken late by Kentucky Bay.

Roman Chapa was aboard the winner, who covered the distance in 57.80 seconds. Trainer Danny Pish dedicated the win to Cory Richardson, a valet and exercise rider who died in a car accident Friday night in Houston.

* Chapa scored his second upset of the night in the $50,000 Jersey Lilly when he picked up the mount on Pleasant State($90.60) for an injured Glen Murphy and guided her to a 2.50-length win over Zamba Canuta in the 1 1/16 miles race for fillies and mares. It was a nose back in third to Solo Attack. Pleasant State is trained by Ramon Flores.

* Sly Kona($3.80) closed from off the pace to win the $30,000 Katy for statebred fillies by 1.75 lengths over Bonus Bid. It was another three lengths back in third to Wayne's Princess. Jockey Donnie Meche rode Sly Kona, who covered seven furlongs in 1:25.37, for trainer Steve Asmussen.

* Attendance was 7,842.