HOUSTON, TX–JUNE 17, 2023–Onthrocks had something to prove Saturday night. After a driving wire-to-wire finish in the $54,250 Sam Houston 550 Stakes, the four-year-old gelding found his stride and scored his first career stakes win.

Raul Ramirez, Jr strapped in and piloted Onthrocks to a length victory over Viva Le Don and Shockinglyfamous. With an 8 mph head wind, the son of A Revenant clocked a 97 speed index in :27.707 seconds in the 550-yard stakes. The win paid $5.40 on a $2.00 wager. ”I told Rubio after the (440 yard Sam Houston Classic), that this horse wants to go longer. He wasn’t 100% ready last month, but he was today! He’s a pretty talented horse.”

Conditioned by Esteban Rubio, Onthrocks placed third in the Sam Houston Classic [G2] on May 19th and the $32,550 winner’s share of tonight’s purse upped his earnings to $76,087. The Texas-bred gelding has lit the board 9 of 12 starts with four career wins.

Ware Racing and Ranching LLC owns and bred Onthrocks. He is out of Stolabunny by Stoli.

Jockey Jose Vega rode Viva Le Don to a second place finish clocking a 94 speed index. The 8-time stakes winner has 11 career wins with $510,916 in the bank.

Trainer Tammy Johnson bred Viva Le Don in partnership with Jack Manning. Rockin J Running Horsesowns the son of Rock Solid Jess. The seven-year-old gelding is out of Viva Arriba by Pyc Paint Your Wagon. Post-time favorite Shockinglyfamous, ridden by Benito Baca, placed third a neck behind Viva Le Don. The son of One Famous Eagle has 10 career wins and received the honors for Champion Aged Stallion last year. Trained by Kasey Willis, the 6-time stakes winner has $329,731 in career earnings.

Bred by Clarence Scharbauer, III, and owned by Stone Chase Steeples, Shockinglyfamous was a $95,000 repurchase in the 2021 Heritage Place Fall Mixed Sale. Sired by One Famous Eagle, the seven-year-old horse is out of stakes winner Shocktime (TB) by Langfuhr.

Article Courtesy of StallionESearch | Additional reporting by Martha Claussen.


About Sam Houston Race Park Sam Houston Race Park is Houston’s premier racing and entertainment facility, located just 15 miles northwest of downtown Houston. Owned by Penn Entertainment Inc. (NASDAQ – PENN), the racetrack, which opened in 1994, offers a variety of attractions for businesses, group outings and families during racing and the off-season. The track is best known for its award-winning dining, and features multiple areas for fans looking for casual to upscale dining options including its Winner’s Circle Restaurant, Jockey Club, Luxury Suites and Pavilion Centre.