02/12/2012 12:26PM

Sam Houston: Great Mills scores in Champion Energy Services

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Great Mills scores a three-quarter-length win in the $75,000 Champion Energy Services.

Great Mills won the third stakes of his young career Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park, when he raced with the pace throughout on his way to a to a three-quarter-length win over Solar Charge in the $75,000 Champion Energy Services. It was another length back in third to Trelawny.

The Champion Energy was a five-furlong turf sprint for older horses. Great Mills ($11.20) was prominent from the start, rolling through fractions of 22.01 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.12 for the half-mile, before covering the distance on firm turf in 57.06.

“He felt like a Ferrari under me tonight,” winning rider Chris Landeros said. “He’s all class and was very professional out there. The way he dragged me down the backside . . . all I could say was ‘Wow!’ ”

Steve Asmussen trains Great Mills for Millennium Farms. The horse has now won 5 of 13 starts and $215,346. Great Mills is a 4-year-old by War Front.