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Tamorons Blade pulls upset in 1-mile $40,000 Distaff Stakes

September 14, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

by Ernie Nairn

Assiniboia Downs, Sept. 10--Tamorons Blade, a 5-year-old Manitoba-bred mare owned by brothers Milton and Bill Houliston and V. Taylor, and also trained by Milton, won the $40,000 Disaff Stakes over one-mile for three-year-old and up fillies and mares Sunday, September 5 at Assiniboia Downs.

With Vince Guerra on board, Tamorons Blade scored a major upset by beating the heavy pre-race favourite Pete’s Surprise and jockey Ken Hendricks by one-length in a duel between the two horses down to the wire. Tamarons Blade pressed inside in the early going, then took over a short lead on the final turn and dueled gamely to win by a length over Pete’s Surprise at the finish line. All We Have with Larren Delore finished third. The running time for the feature was 1:41.60.

Tamorons Blade paid $16.60, $4.10 and $3.20. The triactor of 2-5-4 was worth $61.70, the exactor $24.30 and the quinella paid $5.20. This was Tamaron Blades’s first stakes victory of the season and improved her season record after 7 starts to 1-0-2. The first place purse money worth $24,000 also improved her season earnings total to $27, 696 and her career earnings now total $80,211.

Following the victory, jockey Vince Guerra, who was never worse than second throughout the race, admitted he just tried to stay in contention with his mount.

“Our strategy was just to stay close to the front runners and try to have a nice race down the lane. If your going to win one, this is the one to win,” said Guerra, who recorded his fifth stakes race win of the season. He was back later in the afternoon to win the CTHS Sales Stakes for Colts & Gelding on board race favourite Your Excellence.

Co-owner Bill Houliston had nothing but praise for Vince Guerra, saying the jockey rode a terrific race. “We had discussed some strategy and he stayed up close with the horse and it worked out just perfect and he gave her a terrific ride in a very tough field. Pete’s Surprise was a very tough horse.

“We’ve been in this game for a while and we know that every race is a horse race and when you enter you’re there to play.” Houliston went on to remind all the fans in attendance that Tamorons Blade was purchased at a previous CTHS Yearling Sale and that there are some very good buys each year at the sale.

He encouraged everyone to come out to the sale and take a look at some of the yearlings up for sale.