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Miss Philly wins easy in the Dunalee Stake

SAM HOUSTON RACE PARK (Saturday, January 10, 2003) - Miss Philly, owned by Sam Vasquez of Galveston, Texas and trained by Allen Dupuy was the winner of the $10,000 -added Dunalie for Texas-bred Arabian fillies and mares.

Jockey Roman Chapa guided the 5-year-old mare to victory, drawing off in the final furlong and covering seven-furlongs in a time of 1:36.81.

This is the final week at Sam Houston Race Park for Chapa who is departing to ride at Oaklawn Park. He was happy to take the mount for his friend and former rider, Allen Dupuy. Miss Philly, a stakes winner at Sam Houston Race Park and Retama Park last year, was making her first start since running sixth in an Arabian stake at Lone Star Park on November 1.

"She ran a beautiful race for me," said Chapa. "She was only 18 days in training. I told Dupuy that she worked really well and he decided she was ready for the stakes. I was really impressed with her."

Dupuy saddled not only the winner but the runner-up, Banders Naomi Ku, owned by Mark Vasquez.

"Banders won for me (on December 11) but this is the first time Miss Philly ran for me," said Dupuy. "Miss Philly had really been working great; she's just a nice horse."

"We bought Miss Philly at an auction and she has done really well for us," said Vasquez. "She gives us 110% every time we 've run her. We bred and raised Naomi and she's given us 120% each time she runs; tonight that wasn't enough."

Larry Taylor was aboard Banders Naomi Ku, a 5-year-old mare, who Taylor has ridden to victory on three previous occasions. "My filly didn't want to change her lead right away, but I wasn't going to get to the winner tonight," admitted Taylor. "When we moved in the turn I thought we were going right on by like the time I beat that filly before,but that other filly just dug in. Mine gave everything she had."

Miss Philly paid $6.40 to win, $2.80 to place and $2.20 to show.

The 1-6 exacta returned $13.40 and the trifecta with MW Scarlet Lady paid $21.60.

> Martha Claussen
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