02/07/2013 5:04PM

Sam Houston: Patty's Pride looks to reap lion's share of Tomball purse

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Patty’s Pride has won stakes in Oklahoma and Louisiana and on Saturday night will attempt to nab her first stakes in her home state of Texas in the $50,000 Tomball at Sam Houston Race Park. She is one of nine set to start in the 1 1/16-mile turf race restricted to fillies and mares bred in Texas.

Patty’s Pride won the first stakes race of her career at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., in the $50,000 Matron in July 2012. Her other stakes win came at Remington Park in Oklahoma City in the $50,000 Ricks Memorial in August 2012.

Patty’s Pride comes into the Tomball off back-to-back stakes placings, having run third in the $50,000 Fiesta Mile at Retama Park on Dec. 8, and second in the $50,000 San Jacinto at Sam Houston on Jan. 18. She has a strong closing kick and might get a decent pace setup in the Tomball courtesy of front-runners Perfect Meadow, Sera’s Tunnel, and Smiles Golden Song.

Glen Murphy has the mount on the Karl Broberg-trained Patty’s Pride, who is nearing career earnings of $250,000.

Others set to start include Vilao, who won the San Jacinto over Patty’s Pride.

◗ There will be wiener dog races between the races Saturday.

◗ Sam Houston has moved first post for Saturdays from 6 p.m. Central to 6:30 p.m.