Brent Savage’s Burbon Road has been named the 2012 Texas Champion Claimer after winning an online poll among all accredited Texas-breds with three or more claiming victories at Texas racetracks last year. More than 600 votes were recorded through the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s website at www.texasthoroughbred.com.
A 9-year-old gelded son of Cloud Hopping bred by Sam E. Stevens, Burbon Road made nine starts last year and never finished worse than fourth with three wins, two seconds and a third. The gelding spent his entire campaign in the state of Texas being trained by Jerenesto Torrez and primarily ridden by Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez. The veteran runner has a career record of 53-17-3-6 with earnings of $133,569. He picked up a stakes victory in the $50,000 Manor Downs Distance Cup Stakes for Texas-breds in 2009.
Burbon Road will be honored with the other 2012 Texas champions during the TTA’s annual meeting and awards banquet on February 16 at Sam Houston Race Park.