|Large Field Top Heavy in Talent for Saturday's JEH Stallion Station Stakes
(Grand Prairie, Texas - April 12, 2012) - The 16th running of the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes for accredited Texas-bred fillies and mares 3-year-olds and upward has attracted a group of 12 runners, the largest field since a dozen went postward in 2004, all set to compete at the six and one half furlong distance over the main track.
Joy’s Paradise, owned by H. L. Southard and trained by Karl Broberg, is the lukewarm 7-2 morning line favorite off the strength of her two wins from three starts this year, including the Yellow Rose Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park in January. She has amassed earnings of more than $87,000 from three wins here at Lone Star Park, including the Valor Farm Stakes last July. A winner of 10 of 31 career starts, the daughter of Taste of Paradise seeks redemption after finishing fourth as the favorite in last year’s renewal. Glen Murphy, who returns to the Lone Star Park jockey colony this season, has the riding assignment.
Bret Calhoun, who won the 2011 Lone Star training title, sends out Circustown Rose in search of back-to-back JEH victories after winning this race last year with Tin Top Cat. Circustown Rose, owned by Ox Creek Farms and bred by Clarence Scharbauer, Jr., has finished worse than second only once in five lifetime starts and will be ridden by Roman Chapa, Lone Star's fourth all-time leading rider.
The JEH Stallion Station Stakes is scheduled as race nine on the 10-race program with an approximate post time of 5:19 CDT. The field from the rail out, with jockeys and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, is: Circustown Rose (Roman Chapa, 9-2); Playgirl Prospect (Gerardo Mora, 20-1); Badness (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 12-1); Little Abbie (Dusty Shepherd, 10-1); Vilao (Ramon Luna, 30-1); Jodeye (Junior Chacaltana, 20-1); Zippy Wager (Jose Figueroa, 15-1); Naevus Girl (Erik McNeil, 6-1); Nurse Goodnight (Lindey Wade, 4-1); Joy's Paradise (Glen Murphy, 7-2), Loose Play (Bryan McNeil, 20-1) and Ruby's Big Band (Tony McNeil, 6-1).