02/10/2013 12:37PM

Sam Houston: Manyriverstocross makes Tomball her first stakes win


Manyriverstocross became a stakes winner Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park, when she held off Vilao by a neck in the $50,000 Tomball. It was another neck back in third to pacesetter Sera’s Tunnel. The Tomball, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, was restricted to fillies and mares bred in Texas.

Manyriverstocross  ($27.20) raced close to the pace set by Sera’s Tunnel, who put up fractions of 24.36 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.85 for the half-mile, and 1:12.41 for six furlongs. Manyriverstocross overtook the leader and went on to cover the distance on firm ground in 1:44.56.

“The filly ran a big race for me,” said Gerardo Mora, who was aboard for trainer Bart Evans.

Manyriverstocross has now won 3 of 6 starts and $69,301 for owner Robert M. Evans. She is a 4-year-old daughter of Minister Eric and the Grade 3-winning mare River of Rum. Manyriverstocross came into the Tomball off a fourth-place finish in the $50,000 Fiesta Mile at Retama Park near San Antonio.