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WM Warrior Battles to Victory In the $11,000 TC Tomtyr Stakes

Saturday, January 11, 2003 - The track at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston, Texas, was good for all even though the rain and cold was not for the spectators. It appeared to make no difference to the 5-year-old KA Czubuthan gelding, MW Warrior, and the success his owner, trainer, breeder and jockey were having that evening.

The same strategy that had proven so successful with his KA Czubuthan sired counter-part in the filly and mare race earlier won again against a strong field of 10 horses racing in the $11,000 Accredited Texas Bred T C Tomtyr Stakes. Jockey, Edwin Alicea, kept MW Warrior settled and unhurried through the turn. Obviously, well trained by Robert Knight, MW Warrior followed direction. Asked to make his move in the stretch he was blocked but made his way through, passing Rio Brravo, a 6 year-old horse by Monarch AH in second, and the 6 year-old horse by Volcano de Careere, Oraccle, in third. MW Warrior ran driving across the finish line 1 and ½ lengths ahead of Rio Brravo. It appeared Rio Brravo had made his move a little early, while Oraccle had made his a little late but finished well. The winning time was 1:37.43 for the 7-furlong race.

MW Warrior's win made it the second trip to the winner's circle for Robert Knight and breeder Morris Woods that evening. Unfortunately, owner Mike Economopoulos, absent from the races that night, missed his second 'photo-op' of the evening. Much like the earlier race, Morris Woods, with his magic combination of pure Polish crossed with straight Russian, proved his breeding program with the MW Warrior pedigree of K A Czubuthan out of Furno Palmyra.

Texxas Jam, Heavy, FF Bandarr, Amazing Proof, Sunny Rainbow, Holiday Serenade and Tikis Chaps Ku also ran.

Race Recap


Stakes - For Arabian Four Year Old and Upward (S ) Seven Furlongs On The Dirt

Purse: $9,000

Available Money: $11,000

Value of Race: $11,000 1st $6,600, 2nd $2,200, 3rd $1,210, 4th $660, 5th $330

Weather: Rainy Track: Fast

Off at: 9:11 Start: Good for all

Winner: MW WARRIOR - Horse, March 26, 1998



MW WARRIOR was unhurried early then rallied along the inside, saved ground on the turn then was blocked in upper stretch then slipped through along the inside late stretch and drew clear late. RIO BRRAVO was saving ground on the turn then rallied along the inside was block at the 1/4 pole then rallied again, gained the lead in late stretch but could not last. ORACCLE chased the pace while six wide on the backstretch, rallied on the turn and was gaining ground to finish well. TEXXAS JAM raced four wide on the backstretch, rallied to vie for the lead, made a strong bid in mid stretch then came up empty in the end. HEAVY was unhurried early then rallied six wide coming out of the turn and came up empty in the drive. FF BANDARR dueled for the lead while two wide, was challenged on the turn while between rivals then weakened in the stretch. AMAZING PROOF stalked the pace while three wide, made a bid on the turn then gamely dug in then faltered. SUNNY RAINBOW was no factor. HOLIDAY SERENADE showed brief speed and stopped. TIKI CHAPS KU dueled for the lead from the inside, was used up and stopped.


1 = 1 MW WARRIOR (Alicea, E.)

2 = 2 RIO BRRAVO (Perkinson, C.C.)

3 = 7 ORACCLE (Garner, C.J.)

4 = 2B TEXXAS JAM (Coffee, C.)

5 = 3 HEAVY (Stanley, M.K.)

6 = 4 FF BANDARR (Jacinto, J.)

7 = 3C AMAZING PROOF (Knott, R.L.)

8 = 6 SUNNY RAINBOW (Page, M.)

9 = 5 HOLIDAY SERENADE (Helton, R.M.)

10 = 1A TIKI CHAPS KU (Roller, R.E.)

Fractional Times: 25.99, 52.88, 1:22.60, 1:37.43

Owners: 1 -Michael Economopoulos, 2 -Russell F. Werner, 7 -Robin Rice, 2B-Russell F. Werner, 3 - Mandolynn Hill Farm, 4 -Ken Danyluk, 3C- Mandolynn Hill Farm, 6 -A. Rene Dauterive, 5 -Jimmie Lambright, 1A-Michael Economopoulos

Trainers: 1 -Robert B. Knight, 2 -Russell F. Werner, 7 -Phillip Sweat, 2B-Russell F. Werner, 3 -Robert B. Knight, 4 -Ken Danyluk, 3C-Billy G. Lewis, 6 -Elizabeth Brand, 5 -Rita F. Cunningham, 1A-Billy G. Lewis

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