Lady Apple relied on heredity to snare Sunday’s $300,000 Sam Houston Ladies Classic, but her win got a bit upstaged by a winning prediction.

Hours before local rider Deshawn Parker rode Bodecream home first in the $200,000 Texas Turf Mile, someone asked if Parker might pull an upset against more celebrated jockeys. They were in town for Sam Houston Race Park’s biggest thoroughbred day.

Without hesitation, Parker shot back, “I intend to do just that.”

Despite the rider’s prediction, Bodecream trailed the early pace of jockey Florent Geroux on Pixelate. Then the Danny Pish trainee soared, appearing to have the confidence of the man who rode him.

“Danny told me it’s fine to be covered up (behind other horses),” Parker said. “Then let him run.

“That’s what we did. I touched him once. That was all he needed.”

Bodecream went off at 9-1 and paid $21 to win.

Lady Apple is 4-year-old daughter of the famed Curlin.

“She inherited her sire’s best qualities,” trainer Steve Asmussen said. “A horse can be physically sound, but it also has to be mentally sound, mentally tough.

“Lady Apple is just that kind of horse. We had a long layoff (since September) and some interruptions in training. That didn’t bother her. She was ready today” on what Asmussen described as “the best racing surface in the country.”

Flavien Prat, one of two French jockeys here for Sunday’s six features, took Serengeti Empress to an early lead. When Lady Apple and Street Band came to challenge late, Prat’s runner held off Street Band but not Lady Apple.

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Geroux, the other visiting French rider, snared one win.

He delicately steered Dot Matrix to the finish line in the $200,000 Connally Turf Cup.

“It worked out perfectly,” Geroux  said. “We were in a good spot, “consistently second or third in the 12-horse field. “When I asked him to run, he did.”

Geroux almost made it two wins in a row. He led aboard Dream Passage through much of the $75,000 Jersey Lilly. But his countryman had the final say. Prat brought closer Winning Envelope to life in the stretch drive, and the filly rushed past Dream Passage.

“We were not nervous back there,” Prat said. “This horse always has a big finish.”

Mr. Money Bags scored in the $75,000 Stonerside Sprint. The gelding has three wins in three SHRP starts.

Real New prevailed in the $100,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint.

Sam Houston broke its wagering record, handling $3.3 million on the Sunday program. Attendance was 6,075.



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