Updated on 09/17/2011 10:42PM

Charming Socialite wires Buffalo Bayou Stakes

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Charming Socialite (inside) wins the $40,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night.

Charming Socialite picked up the fifth stakes win of his career on Saturday night when he led throughout to capture the $40,000 Buffalo Bayou Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. It was a neck back in second to Shakethemhatersoff, who finished a neck in front of third-place finisher and favorite Middleweight.

Charming Socialite ($16.80) was up by two lengths through an opening quarter in 23.37 seconds in the mile and a sixteenth turf race, and continued to maintain a clear advantage through a half-mile in 47.81. He went on to cover the distance over turf rated firm in 1:44.54.

"He ran a great race tonight," said Larry Taylor, who rode the winner for trainer Bill Pettit.

Charming Socialite has now won 9 of 33 starts and $294,010. Pettit bred and races the horse in partnership with Paul Sutton. He said Charming Socialite would be pointed for the Texas Champions Day program at Sam Houston on Nov. 19.