||Texas Chrome Morning Line Favorite in Texas Stallion Stakes, Stymie Division Sunday at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Friday, May 13, 2016) - Keene Thoroughbreds LLC's Texas Chrome, trained by J. R. Caldwell, heads a field of eight in the 13th edition of the $75,000 guaranteed Texas Stallion Stakes, Stymie Division for three-year-old colts & geldings, to be run at one mile over the main track Sunday.
A winner of four of seven starts, the three-year-old bay colt by Grasshopper out of the Naevus mare Margarita Madness seeks to add a third win to his perfect two-for-two record at Lone Star Park. After his first race, a maiden special weight here in May of last year, Texas Chrome came back in June with an impressive win in the $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity. He was defeated in his last two starts, the most recent a respectable third in the $150,000 Batchelor at Oaklawn Park. Two races ago, he was fifth in the Clever Trevor at Remington Park behind winner Suddenbreakingnews, who was a fast closing fifth in last week's Kentucky Derby.
"He's been training like a champ," said trainer J. R. Caldwell. "I think he is going to love the distance."
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Ship Rock (Luis Quinonez, 20-1); D. Shifflett (Richard Eramia, 9-5); Jet Over (Lindey Wade, 9-2); Grass Court (David Cabrera, 15-1); Golden Thread (Jareth Loveberry, 20-1); Better Than Magic (C. J. McMahon, 8-1); Texas Chrome (Iram Vargas Diego, 8-5) and Duca's Bling (Ivan Arellano, 20-1).
Scheduled as race nine on the 10-race program, the Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie Division) has an approximate post time of 5:58 p.m. (CDT).
More Than Most the Morning Line Favorite in Texas Stallion Stakes, Got Koko Division for Fillies
Trainer Bret Calhoun has been so dominant in this race, winning a record four of the previous 12 runnings, it could be a safe bet to see him score his fifth, but it won't be a giveaway.
Calhoun has two in this edition, the 13th running of the $75,000 guaranteed Texas Stallion Stakes, Got Koko Division for three-year-old fillies, also at one mile on the main track. Douglas Scharbauer's More Than Most, a filly by Indygo Mountain, is the 2-1 morning line pick, and Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch's My Golden Song filly, Zippit E, has been installed at odds of 7-2.
More Than Most has earned nearly $97,000 from two wins in nine starts but has not raced here before. Zippit E has a third place finish from two starts here last year and has not raced since July 2015.
Those two will have to hold off Fleet Grey, Clark O. Brewster's filly by Too Much Bling. Trained by Lone Star Park's all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen, Fleet Grey has won two of five starts. She won the filly division of the TTA Sales Futurity here last year.
Here is the field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis: Fleet Grey (Iram Vargas Diego, 5-2); Dixie Flag (David Cabrera, 20-1); More Than Most (C. J. McMahon, 2-1); Cosmo Cassis (Lindey Wade, 4-1); Blingin' Rose (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 20-1); Zippit E (Jareth Loveberry, 7-2) and Easter Ellie (Ivan Arellano, 12-1).
The Texas Stallion Stakes, Got Koko Division is race six and has an approximate post time of 4:30 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.