Updated on 09/15/2011 2:33PM

Jeremiah Jack wins Texan Juvenile


HOUSTON, TX. - Jeremiah Jack kept French Assault from becoming the fourth Breeders' Cup Juvenile starter to come back and win a stakes when he rolled to a commanding five-length win over that one in Saturday night's $150,000 Texan Juvenile* (click here for chart) at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

It was another 3.75 lengths back in third to Private Emblem.

The Juvenile was the lone-open company race on a card of nine stakes. The Texas Champions Day program, designed to showcase accredited statebreds, drew an ontrack crowd of 10,482. Handle on the card was $2,856,979.

Jeremiah Jack($9.60) raced close to the pace early in the Juvenile, then launched his bid on the final turn and poured it on through the stretch, winning the 1 1/16 miles race for 2-year-olds in 1:44.16.

"He made it look easy," said Robby Albarado, who was aboard the winner for trainer Tom Amoss.

Jeremiah Jack earned $90,000 for owners Stewart Madison and Clay Querbes to improve his career record to three wins from eight starts and earnings of $154,926.

Lights On Broadway repeats in Star

Lights On Broadway($3.80) rolled to a 7.25-length front-running win over Captain Countdown in the night's richest race for statebreds, the $100,000 Star of Texas. It was another 4.25 lengths back in third to Frankly Tee Riffic.

Steve Bourque rode the winner for trainer C.W. Cascio. Lights On Broadway, who also wired the field in last year's Star Of Texas, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.66.

Coastalota($5.60) won the night's richest offering for fillies and mares when she drew clear by 2.50 lengths over Holly Sue in the $75,000 Martanza Handicap. Bobby Walker rode the winner for trainer Randy Mayfield.

Chauffe Au Rouge tops turfers

Chauffe Au Rouge($4), whose status as an accredited Texas-bred has been challenged since his win in the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame at Retama Park on Oct. 6, jetted to a powerful 1.75-length win over D C Storm in the $50,000 Richard King Handicap. It was a head back in third to Gold Nugget.

Ricky Faul rode the winner, who covered 1 1/8 miles over firm turf in 1:51.67, for trainer Cole Norman. The $30,000 Chauffe Au Rouge earned for the win is being withheld pending a hearing.

* In the female turf division, Peppy Priscilla($20.80) rushed past the leaders at the top of the stretch to win the $50,000 San Jacinto by 1.50-lengths over favorite Lampsas County. Jockey Roman Chapa, who proposed to his longtime girlfriend after the race, was aboard the winner for trainer Danny Pish.

* Trainer Steve Asmussen swept the night's two sprint races for 2-year-olds when Sly Kona($10.60) overtook 1-5 favorite Miss Ritz by a half-length in the closing strides of $50,000 Bara Lass. She was ridden by Donnie Meche.

Two races later, Balkan($15.20) stormed to a 6.75-length win over Onlynurimagination in the $50,000 Groovy. It was a neck back in third to 3-5 favorite Front Nine. Balkan was ridden by Sidney LeJeune, Jr.

* Lil Angel and Cowboy Cumbia, two 3-year-olds who took on older rivals in the sprint divisions, each used front-running tactics to claim victory. In the $50,000 Yellow Rose, Lil Angel($11) rolled to an authoratative 4.75-length win over favorite Miss Photogenic. Deirdre Panas was aboard for trainer Gilbert Ciavaglia.

Cowboy Cumbia($21.40) made every pole a winning one in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas, running the race's opening five furlongs in 56.95 seconds before going on to a 1.50-length win over Wild Again Again in 1:10.23. Larry Melancon rode the winner for trainer Amos Laborde.

Texan Juvenile Chart*

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