Emilianos Wagon Takes Sam Houston Maiden Classic

Fastest qualifier comes through to win the rich final at the Texas track.

Press Release
April 6, 2014

Ten trials were run on Friday, March 21, for the $77,100 Sam Houston Maiden Classic at Sam Houston Race Park. The fastest qualifier was Emilianos Wagon, and he showed his exceptional speed and talent in the final, powering to his first major score.

The 3-year-old son of PYC Paint Your Wagon is bred, owned and trained by Jorge Haddad of Seguin, Texas. With Saul Ramirez Jr. in the irons, the bay gelding closed gamely from the center of the track, covering 350 yards in :17.748.

This was just the sixth start for Haddad's homebred, who has matured significantly in the last year.

"We were really confident about tonight," said Haddad. "He has been a really great horse. He always gives his best and tries hard. He showed it tonight."

Haddad has bred several prominent Quarter Horses including Ragazzo, El Duero and Giorgino. He took a minute after the trophy presentation to talk about the potential of Emilianos Wagon.

“He’s a half brother to El Duero,” said Haddad. “I feel that he can be one of our best.”

Emilianos Wagon is named after Haddad’s second son, Emiliano. Older brother Jorge Jr. and sister Giuliana joined Haddad and his wife, Kitty, in the winner’s circle.

Mito Fire, ridden by Mario Trujillo, outran his odds of 24-1 in completing the exacta. Owned by Gilberto Flores and trained by Bobby Touchet, the Walk Thru Fire gelding won his trial recording the eighth-fastest time. He began his career last summer at Ruidoso Downs in trials for both the Grade 1 Rainbow and All American Futurities.

Mike Amburn's PYC Paint Your Wagon gelding Paintedinoil, under jockey Luis Ramirez, ran third.

The final purse of $77,100 surpassed the 2013 purse of $53,400. Haddad has several options for Emilianos Wagon, including the Sam Houston Classic (G2) and Firecracker Derby at Delta Downs.

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