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Eye N Capo Dominates In $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park
Eye N Capo, under jockey Jesse Lee Levaro, winning the Grade 2 Sam Houston Classic Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park.

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Eye N Capo Dominates In $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2) at Sam Houston Race Park

HOUSTON, TXóMAY 12, 2018óSam Houston Race Park closed out its 2018 Quarter Horse live racing season with an excellent card featuring three stakes and the presentation of the end of meet awards to the leading owner, jockey and trainer.

A very solid field of stakes winners entered the starting gate in tonightís $50,000 Sam Houston Classic (G2). With an exceptional break and powerful closing kick, Eye N Capo soundly defeated his nine rivals in the 440-yard stakes.

Trainer Abelardo Flores, Jr. saddled the 4-year-old son of Capo de Capi for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor. The Oklahoma-bred first made his mark in his 2-year-old season when he captured the $385,000 Dash for Cash Futurity at Lone Star Park. Tonight, in his first start at 440-yards, he continued to show even more.

The winning connections of Eye N Capo accept the Sam Houston Classic Stakes trophy Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park. © Coady Photography
"We were never worried about the distance," said Flores. "Heís been running well and when we saw how strongly he finished in his allowance race (here on April 16), we knew he was ready. It worked out well."

This was the sixth stakes win for Flores and the first time that jockey Jesse Lee Levario was called on to ride the talented gelding.

"Last time he ran 350 and ran pretty good," stated Levario. "Today I just wanted to get out of his way and let him finish. He just kicked on in the last fifty yards."

While Eye N Capo never gave up his lead, Flyingforunclesam, owned and bred by Kirk Goodfellow, outran his odds and delivered an excellent runner-up finish under rider Jose Martinez.

This was the third start for the Oklahoma-bred, who ran third in the $67,680 Bank of America Texas Challenge Championship (G2) here on April 21 for trainer James Padgett, II. Flyingforunclesam is by Flyingwitheagles from the Takin On The Cash mare Dreams For Lyndsie.

Francisco Garza's Texas homebred Beaus Famous picked up $5,500 for finishing third. Elpidio Luna, Jr. trains the One Famous Eagle 4-year-old from the Make It Anywhere mare Beaukas. Ridden by jockey Eddie Sanchez, Beaus Famous was making his first start since winning the Evangeline Downs Derby last December. He has earned $111,950.

Rc Me Living You, Chuys Valcom, Here Comes Callan and Big Tex (tied for 6th), Dash Quick Perry, Blazin Moon Force and Tlc Dale completed the field.

Eye N Capo, sent off as the betting choice, paid $3.80 for the win. He added his name to a list of very notable Sam Houston Classic champions. Past winners include Kool Kue Baby, Streakin Sin Tacha, The Louisiana Cartel and two AQHA world champions: Tailor Fit and Jessies First Down.

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Sam Houston Race Park, Houstonís premier racing and entertainment facility, is located just 15 miles from downtown Houston, and offers a variety of attractions including 16 luxury suites overlooking the race track, The Pavilion Centre, and award-winning dining options at the Winnerís Circle Restaurant and Jockey Club. For more information on upcoming group events, racing events, shows and tickets, please visit www.shrp.com.