Jake Samuels rode Silvies to the winners circle in the Boekenoogen Memorial, the final race Saturday on the first day of Sun Downs annual horse racing meet at Benton County Fairgrounds.
Silvies, the favorite, pulled away in the 250-yard sprint for a $4.80 payout to win. Angel Eyes and jockey Eduardo Gutierrez-Sosa placed second, and La Jackye wiht Jose Madrigal finished third.
It was a busy opener to Sun Downs’s six-day meet, with a total betting handle of $64,452. The second day of races gets under way at 1 p.m. today.
Madrigal rode Head Turnin Okey to victory in the first trial of the Dick Monahan AQHA Maiden Challenge, edging Fnf Bad Kitty and Jose Figueroa. Okey paid $27.40 to win and made for some big payoffs for box bets with Kitty also at long odds. An exacta paid $1,045.80, and a trifecta with Dc Lady Juno was worth $2,095.
Ba Snowin Okies with Jose Beltran aboard won the second trial and paid $14 for a win. Shenosshesfamous and Jordan Hadley were second.
Stealth Attack with
Figueroa won the seventh race and paid $21.80.
In the early races, Jewel S. ridden by Connie Doll was the big payoff, garnering $13.40 to win in the third race, setting up a $43.20 quinella with Impulzive Kate and a $232 trifecta with Magna Sweetheart in third.
Boss Talk ridden by Louis Zacherle won the first race and paid $9.60. Quematierras and Madrigal paid $7.20 to win in the second, and The Bien’s Gift and Doll paid $4.80 to win in the fourth.