GOLLY BRET runs sharp gate to wire
November 5, 2011, Lone Star Park The Arabian Stallion Stakes Colts & Geldings Division was a Grade 3 race sponsored by SOARING EAGLE/ESTRELLITA RANCH, RANCHO MILAGRO YEGUA, MANDOLYNN HILL FARM and SAM VASQUEZ. Ten purebred Arabian colts and geldings raced 7 furlongs on the dirt for a prize of $20,000 added money. The race went off as the 4th race of the evening, followed by the Filly and Mare division of the stake going off as the 6th race.
The Texas-bred chestnut Golly Bret ran away with the win going gate to wire, under training of Juan Ascencio and with jockey Ivan Arellano in the irons.
Golly Bret had a sharp beginning from the far outside in the G3 Arabian Stallion Stakes. Up close Qjuick Sand PW was running second, and coming up the inside was Ayers challenging for third along with TM Let It Be. Golly Bret was the clear cut leader but the entire field was excitingly competitive and raced together in tight. Golly Bret still leading the way rounding the far turn, then Ayers and So Big Is Better were up close in a serious hunt as they hit top of the lane, and Butch Cassidy was the trailer.
Golly Bret shrugged off all the challengers and held on to cross the wire with two lengths of daylight. So Big Is Better pushed up for 2nd, Ayers took 3rd just ¾ length behind, and Butch Cassidy rallied from last to place 4th. Final time of the race was 1:31.35, just a fifth second off the track record set by Burning Fancy in 2009. The rest of the challengers were Status Symboll who was 5th over Qjuick Sand PW by a nose, Dancing Al, TM Let It Be, Cholly Roger SWA, and Omans Oro MHF.
Many congratulations to all horses and connections for a very good race. Credits to second place for So Big Is Better go to his jockey Dihigi Gladney, trainer Helen Shelley and owner Warren Shelley, Helen´s husband. Third placed Ayers is owned by Quarter Moon Ranch and trained by Scott Powell. Bobby Dow was Ayers’ rider.
The winner Golly Bret is a six year old stallion sired by Kador de Blaziet and out of Golly Gal, an unraced mare by the now deceased By Golly+/ who was owned by and stood at Mandolynn Hill Farm. Golly Bret will stand at stud at Rancho Milagro Yegua for the 2012 breeding season for his owner/breeder Sam Vasquez. Golly Bret has 12 wins of 29 starts and earnings of $97,483.