Updated on 09/16/2011 9:42AM

Leo's Last Hurrahy passes test in Juvenile

Coady / Henna Haroon
Leo's Last Hurrahy cruises to the wire a 1 1/2-length winner of Saturday night's $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston Race Park.

HOUSTON - The connections of Leo's Last Hurrahy plan to look at some major 3-year-old races for the colt next year after he proved he could handle two turns with a powerful, length and a half win over Worker Man and Zydeco Affair in the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

The Juvenile was the lone open company race on the Texas Champions Day program, which featured nine stakes worth a combined $625,000.

Leo's Last Hurrahy, the 4-5 favorite and a Texas-bred, raced well off the pace early, began to pick up steam on the final turn, and closed with good energy to win the mile and a sixteenth race over a fast track in 1:45.90.

"I had trouble stopping him after the race," said jockey Gerard Melancon, who picked up his third stakes win of the night with Leo's Last Hurrahy.

Ken Murphy, who owns the colt, said he and trainer Bob Young will consider the $275,000 Great State Challenge Juvenile at Sam Houston on Dec. 7 for Leo's Last Hurrahy. A longterm goal is the $750,000 Louisiana Derby in March, a race won last year by the 2000 Texan Juvenile winner, Fifty Stars.

Leo's Last Hurrahy($3.60) earned $90,000 for his Texan Juvenile win, which was his first victory around two turns, and third in a stakes. His record now stands at five wins in seven starts for earnings of $326,848.

Rare Cure the Star

In the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes, which was the richest race of the night for statebreds, Rare Cure($10.60) drove to a three-quarter of a length win over Crook. It was another length and a quarter back in third to Faxamillion.

Rare Cure raced about three lengths behind the leaders early in the mile and a sixteenth race for 3-year-olds and up, advanced on the final turn, and went on to cover the distance in 1:44.95.

Joe Petalino trains the gelding for Larry Dyson, and said Rare Cure could make his next start during the Great State Challenge.

Melancon rode Rare Cure.

* Melancon also was aboard Eagle Lake($3.20), who registered her fourth consecutive win when she controlled the pace throughout in the $50,000 San Jacinto for fillies and mares on turf. It was four lengths back in second to Nanie's Dinner. Eagle Lake is trained by Cole Norman.

* The 3-year-old filly Manzottina($18.60) beat her elders in the $75,000 Martanza Handicap when she took command of the mile and a sixteenth race at the top of the stretch and remained clear for a three and quarter length win over Khazi. Terry Stanton rode the winner for trainer Ramon Flores.

* A Steve Asmussen trainee won the $50,000 Bara Lass for 2-year-old fillies for the fifth straight year when Hannah's Royalrock($6.40) drove to a two and a quarter length victory over Lady Mallory. The winner was ridden by Glen Murphy.

* Fleeta Dif($66.40) added blinkers and pulled the biggest upset of the night when she darted clear to a one and a half length win over Bien Sur in the $50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes for fillies and mares. Rita Helton rode the winner for owner-trainer Tom Warren.

* Catalissa($6) stalked the leaders early then rolled past favorite Call Me Lefty late to win the $50,000 Groovy for 2-year-olds by three-quarters of a length. Eddie Martin, Jr., rode the colt for trainer Michael Stidham.

* Won C C($18.40) improved his record over the Sam Houston main track to 6-for-10 when he led throughout to win the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Sprint by a length over favorite Solingen. John Jacinto was aboard the winner for owner-trainer Kamal Sheena.

* Star Of Caveat($13.60) led throughout to win the $50,000 Richard King Handicap by a length over Paco Loco. Jacinto rode the winner for trainer James Hudson.

* Sam Houston handled $2,901,619 on the card Saturday, while ontrack attendance was 10,822.