|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
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.
CLOSING NIGHT HIGHLIGHTED BY $1 MILLION TEXAS CLASSIC
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
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.
FAN APPRECIATION NIGHT, TOO
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