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Stolis Pro Returns to the Winner’s Circle in $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon
Stolis Pro, under jockey Francisco Calderon, winning the $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon Saturday at Sam Houston Race Park.
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HOUSTON, TX—MAY 6, 2017— Sam Houston Race Park had sunny skies and a huge crowd on hand for an action-packed afternoon of live racing and the always thrilling simulcast of the 143rd Running of the Kentucky Derby.

Jerry Windham’s homebred Stolis Pro won his second stakes of the 2017 Sam Houston Race Park Quarter Horse meet this afternoon with a very professional effort in the 870-yard $25,000 Governors' Cup Marathon.

Trained by Leon Bard, the 6-year-old son of STOLI captured the $18,900 AQHA Distance Challenge Championship here on April 15 under jockey Francisco Calderon. The duo returned in fine form, breaking from post position two and crossing the wire in :45.676.

"He left great; but about three jumps out of the gate, his back end slipped a little," said Calderon. "But he got back into gear and ran perfect."

Stolis Pro is a brother to AQHA World Champion and All American Futurity champion, Stolis Winner. The pair are out of the Runaway Winner mare Veva Jean. He made his debut here in 2014 and was making his 27th start this afternoon. With two stakes races this meet, his record now stands at 9-4-7 and earnings of $86,696.

"He’s done real well since we started him at 870 yards," said Windham. "He’s a good finishing horse. We’ll plan on running him a little bit over the summer and hopefully get to Prairie Meadows (for the October 14 Bank of America Distance Challenge)."

Bard was very pleased with his performance as well.

"He’s a pro and lived up to his name today," added Bard.

Stolis Pro was sent off as the betting favorite and paid $3.60 to win. Crown Racing’s Corona La Jolla ran second and The Field Cricket was third.

AQHA Racing Champion Judd Kearl saddled runner-up Corona La Jolla for owner Crown Racing. Noe Villatoro rode the 8-year-old multiple stakes winning son of Tinys First Corona from the Streakin La Jolla mare Mary La Jolla. Bred by Donna Mushinski, the Texas-bred earned, $5,000 for second. He entered the race off a second-place effort in the Harris Stakes on March 31.

Also, a multiple stakes winner, The Field Cricket earned $2,750 for his third-place finish. Jess Yoakum trains the 9-year-old son of Lead The Field for owner Claud Denson. Jerry Yoakum rode the Mary Denson Texas-bred from the Royal Quick Dash mare Quick Lil Cricket. He has earned more than $176,000.

Eyesa Shoofly Dandy and God I Am Handsom completed the field. Bet I Make U Famous was scratched.