01/23/2013 5:06PM

Sam Houston: Sisterly Love supplemented to inaugural Ladies Classic

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Bob Coglianese
Sisterly Love, a 5-year-old who is undefeated in three career starts, was supplemented to the $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic.

Sisterly Love, who is undefeated in three career starts, will be making her stakes debut in Saturday night’s $400,000 Houston Ladies Classic after supplementing to the race’s inaugural running for $10,000 when entries were taken Wednesday. In all, a field of six fillies and mares will go in what will be the richest race ever run at Sam Houston Race Park, which opened in 1994.

The Houston Ladies Classic is slotted as the ninth race on a card of four stakes that also includes the Grade 3, $200,000 John B. Connally Cup led by Grade 2 winner Willcox Inn. The Houston Ladies Classic, which will be run over a mile and a sixteenth, has a post of 9:45 p.m. Central.

Sisterly Love will be making her first start for owner Gary Barber and trainer Mark Casse after launching her career last year for her breeder, Kinsman Farm, and trainer William White. She won her debut by 11 lengths at Calder on Oct. 27, then proceeded to clear her first and second-level allowance conditions in one-turn mile races at Gulfstream Park in December. Sisterly Love, who is a daughter of Bellamy Road, will break from post 4 under jockey Luis Saez.

The complete Houston Ladies Classic field from the rail with riders is Joyful Victory, Rosie Napravnik; Brushed by a Star, Corey Lanerie; Summer Applause, Miguel Mena; Sisterly Love; She’s All In, Luis Quinonez; and Lookinforchange, Rohan Singh.

She’s All In shipped from her Oaklawn base to Sam Houston on Wednesday, according to her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel.

The Connally Cup, which had previously been the highlight of the Sam Houston meet, drew a field of 10. Willcox Inn, who was second to eventual Horse of the Year Wise Dan in last fall’s Grade 1 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland, will be making his first start since finishing ninth in the Breeders’ Cup Mile. He drew post 9 for Saturday night’s mile and an eighth turf race. Trainer Michael Stidham has given the mount to James Graham.

Also set to start in the Connally is Grade 1 Jamaica winner King David, who is to be ridden by Napravnik. The field also includes stakes winners Swift Warrior, who ships in from Florida for trainer John Terranova, and Lockout, trained by Casse.

The Connally goes as the eighth race, with a post of 9:15 p.m. Central.

The other stakes on the card are the $50,000 Allen’s Landing for 3-year-olds that drew Fair Grounds stakes winner Tour Guide, and the $75,000 Champion Energy Services Stakes led by past Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner Chamberlain Bridge.

For each fan in attendance Saturday night at Sam Houston, the track will donate $1 to the Houston chapter of Susan G. Komen For the Cure, which fights breast cancer. The Houston Ladies Classic is scheduled to be broadcast on both HRTV and Fox Sports Southwest. First post is 6 p.m. Central.

geno More than 1 year ago
Bill White is an excellent trainer, developing Mucho Macho Man & Sisterly Love
Don Lycette More than 1 year ago
It must be very disappointing to Texas horsemen to see a 6 horse field of shippers take $400,000 of purses and then head back out of town. There isn't a Texas-bred in the field. The money could have been used on several $30-50,000 allowance or stakes events where the local owners, trainers, and jockeys could compete.
redboy More than 1 year ago
Going to just to see Hottie Rosie N.
PennNatRick More than 1 year ago
Really nice to see Sam Houston support the cause. Hope they have a strong attendance for Saturday Night.