Happy Streaker, Jet Black Rebel Win Friday Night Stakes at Lone Star

(December 1, 2006) - Miguel Chapa’s 2-year-old filly Happy Streaker, twice stakes-placed, broke through Friday night at Lone Star Park with a neck victory over 5-2 favorite Bridled Lightnin in the $15,000 Joe B. Turner Memorial Stakes in front of 3,466 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Two races later, Jet Black Rebel won the $15,000 Hipòdromo de las Américas Stakes.

Happy Streaker, ridden by Rodrigo Vallejo and carrying 122 pounds, ran 400 yards in :19.88, and paid $9, $4.40 and $3 as the 7-2 second betting choice in the field of 10 freshmen females. Bridled Lightnin returned $3.60 and $2.60. Sign Me Double Fast was another 1 ½-length back in third and paid $4.40.

Trained by Alex Villareal, the victory was the third in five career starts for Happy Streaker, a Louisiana-bred daughter of Streakin La Jolla out of the Dash For Cash mare Happy Hugger. In June, she was second in the $26,930 Retama Park Juvenile Invitational. Her last start in August resulted in a third-place finish as the favorite in the Grade 3, $81,400 Gillespie County Fairgrounds Association Futurity.

Friday’s triumph was worth $8,250 and Happy Streaker’s career earnings now total $24,597.

In the Hipòdromo de las Américas, 2-year-old Jet Black Rebel ran 400 yards two-fifths of a second slower than Happy Streaker, stopping the teletimer in :20.066. The neck victory over Prospect of Mare was worth $8,550 to owners Steve Andrews and L.P. Frank. Jet Black Rebel, who paid $14.40 to win, was ridden by Larry Payne and trained by Eddie Willis.

Like Happy Streaker, Jet Black Rebel ran second and third in prior stakes engagements prior to his trip to the Lone Star winner’s circle Friday. This was the 2-year-old Rakin in the Cash gelding’s fourth win in seven starts. The Oklahoma-bred’s earnings now stand at $62,536.


Saturday’s closing night card will feature the richest horse race in Texas – the Grade 1, $1,053,912 Texas Classic Futurity. The 400-yard race for nine 2-year-olds is headlined by the Bobby Cox-owned and John Buchanan-trained entry of Dont Let Down and Riddick. The duo was made the 7-5 morning line favorites.

Dont Let Down, who followed his third place finish in the All American Futurity with a half-length victory in the Grade 1, $426,375 Dash For Cash Futurity at Lone Star on Oct. 28, will attempt to become the first horse to complete a Dash For Cash-Texas Classic Futurity double.

In addition to the Texas Classic Futurity, Saturday’s program includes the Grade 1, $318,593 Texas Classic Derby (3-year-olds at 440 yards) and $20,000 Burnett Handicap (3-year-olds and up at 550 yards). Last year’s Lone Star Park Horse of the Meeting, PYC Paint Your Wagon, will get a chance to join Mr Jess Perry as the only horse to win both the Texas Classic Futurity and Derby. Mr Jess Perry accomplished the feat in 1994-95.


All customers with paid admission for Saturday’s closing night program at Lone Star Park will be given an entry form for Fan Appreciation Night prize drawings between live races throughout the evening. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. and the first of 12 live races is 6:35 p.m. All contest entry forms must be submitted by 7 p.m. to be eligible for the prizes . . .


Calder Race Course will host Grand Slam I on Saturday with four hundred granders: the Grade III Tropical Turf Handicap (3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf); Grade III My Charmer Handicap (fillies and mares at 1 1/8 miles on turf); What a Pleasure Stakes (2-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles); and Three Ring Stakes (2-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles) . . .

West Coast sprinters will be showcased at Hollywood Park on Saturday in the Grade III, $100,000 Vernon O. Underwood Stakes (3-year-olds and up at six furlongs) . . .

Fair Grounds featured race is Saturday’s $75,000 Tenacious Handicap (3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles) . . .

Saturday night is Texas Champions Night at Sam Houston Race Park. Texas-breds will be showcased in eight stakes races cumulatively worth $500,000 – the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes (3-year-olds and up at 1 1/16 miles); $75,000 Martanza Stakes (fillies and mares at one mile); $50,000 Richard King Stakes (3-year-olds and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf); $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes (fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf); $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes (3-year-olds and up at six furlongs); $50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes (fillies and mares at six furlongs); $50,000 Groovy Stakes (2-year-olds at seven furlongs); and $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes (2-year-old fillies at seven furlongs) . . .

The lone graded stakes event on Sunday, Dec. 3 is the Grade III, $150,000 Bayakoa Handicap (fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles) at Hollywood Park.

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