02/07/2013 6:04PM

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


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.

Becky Baker More than 1 year ago
Humm. Patty's Pride...yet only a small comment on Vilao. Vilao has competed and succeeded thru MSW to Allowance from Texas to West Virginia. Back to Texas to compete in Stakes to Place 2nd after a 1600 mile trip and then to win the San Jancinto with in one month. This mare is exceptional and will continue to excel not only in Texas only competition but against open company. Where is HER article??
Lisa Webb More than 1 year ago
Wonderful little filly Vilao, Grave Digger - Toogoodtobeasy by Easy Goer has shown exceptional runs twice against Patty’s Pride. Vilao WON the San Jacinto at Sam Houston on Jan. 18 and ran 2nd in the Fiesta in Dec leaving Patty’s Pride behind. Can not wait to see her perform this Sat in the Tomball. Under Trainer Rebecca Baker and rider Ramon Luna