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American Quarter Horse Racing’s Refrigerator Handicap (G1) to run at Breeders’ Cup

October 28, 2004     E-mail this page to a friend!

Amarillo, Texas, October 28, 2004 –The Refrigerator Handicap (G1) will take place October 29, at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, the day before the Breeders’ Cup World Thoroughbred Championships. 

           “AQHA is honored to participate in this tremendous weekend of racing,” said AQHA Executive Vice President Bill Brewer. “We appreciate the opportunity Breeders’ Cup and the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has given the sport to feature some of our best older horses in the country to the world.”

Fans who can’t attend the race can watch the action by tuning in to ESPN on race day from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. CST. Check with your local cable provider for channel assignments.

Silent Overdrive, a 6-year-old gelding by the Streakin Six stallion Sunny Silence, is the 4-1 morning-line favorite for the $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1), part of Friday's Breeders' Cup Preview program.

Racing for Richard Slayter Jr. of Montgomery, Louisiana, and trained by Janet VanBebber, Silent Overdrive enters the 440-yard Refrigerator with 15 wins in 32 races and earnings of $389,412. His eight stakes victories include this year's Sam Houston Classic (G2) and last year's Louisiana Champions Day Classic (RG2).

Silent Overdrive will carry co-high weight of 126 pounds and will break from post 10 under jockey Alvin Brossette.

Named in honor of American Quarter Horse racing's world champion in 1992-93, the Refrigerator drew a full field of 10 older sprinters. Other prominent sprinters in the race include champion Jess Louisiana Blue and Grade 1 winners Gone Celebrating, Special Task Force and Frostys Money Man. The winner of last year's Refrigerator, Special Task Force is the 9-2 morning-line second choice.

           The winner of the Refrigerator will earn a starting berth in the December 11, $500,000 Champion of Champions (G1) at Los Alamitos. Past winners of the stakes, which this year will offer a record purse, include champions Kool Kue Baby, Tailor Fit and Significant Speed.

           Also highlighting the weekend in American Quarter Horse racing are the Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity and Derby at Sam Houston Race Park.

           The Texas Classic Futurity will feature 10 outstanding 2-year-olds including Azoom, who has won 10 of 12 starts and more than $302,000 with wins in the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity and the Texas Quarter Horse Association Sale Futurity (RG1). Azoom is owned by Enrique Carrion, trained by Frank Cavazos and will be ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo. Other horses to watch include Bigtime Favorite, Pump It Up and Scrutinzer.

           In Saturday’s Texas Classic Derby, Hadtobenuts will headline a field of 10 that will include last year’s Texas Classic Futurity winner Mitowilard, Precious Clarise and Sixy Thru Traffic. Jim and Marilyn Helzer’s Hadtobenuts finished third in this year’s All American Derby (G1) and is trained by Heath Taylor and ridden by Gilbert Ortiz.


Lone Star Park – Friday, October 29, 2004 - Race 3

$150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (G1)

3YO & Up - 440 Yards

Estimated Local Post Time:   2:31 PM


Prime Talent    

Jess Louisiana Blue

Gray Invasion

Frostys Money Man

Special Task Force

Tennessee Dasher

Southern Cartel

Gone Celebrating

Snow Me

Silent Overdrive        


*Also highlighting the weekend in American Quarter Horse racing are the Texas Classic Futurity and Derby.

Sam Houston Race Park – Friday, October 29, 2004 - Race 8

$1,000,000 Texas Classic Futurity (G1)

2YO - 400 Yards

Estimated Local Post Time: 10:02 PM


Six Packa Moonshine

Beautiful Bunny Buds

Strawfly Romance

Kathys Star Quest

Mairis Cartel

Pump It Up


Bigtime Favorite

Cartel Leader



Sam Houston race Park – Saturday, October 30, 2004

$367,874 Texas Classic Derby (G1)

3YO – 440 Yards

Estimanted Local Post Time: 8:10 p.m.


Sashay N Six

Precious Clarise

Sixes Royal

Fast Movin Snow



Injuns Special


Splendid Sam Perry

Sixy Thru Traffic