|Multiple Stakes Winner Wind Water
Faces Six in Friday's $50,000 Ford Express Stakes at LSP
(May 14, 2008) - Friday's 11th running of the $50,000 Ford
Express Stakes, for 3-year-olds and up, to be run at six furlongs,
features Adam R. Lewis' multiple stakes winner Wind Water, trained
by Chris Hartman. A winner of 15 of 42 career starts with earnings
of $609,351, Wind Water has been in top form since moving into Hartman's
barn two starts ago, and he'll be looking to secure his eighth stakes
victory in the Ford Express. Ken Tohill ships in to ride Wind Water
"I've only had him two starts, but he's run a couple of really
fast races, and he's been just a couple of ticks off the track record
in those two starts in El Paso (Sunland Park)," said Hartman.
"He's all racehorse and he's been a model of health since I
got him. I'm expecting him to run a strong race on Friday night."
One of six opponents standing in Wind Water's way will be the Carl
Moore-owned, Bret Calhoun-trained Orphan Brigade. A multiple stakes
winner in his own right, Orphan Brigade has recorded 17 victories
from 54 career starts for earnings of $588,410. Orphan Brigade will
be ridden by meet-leading rider Cliff Berry.
Also of note in the Ford Express is Tom Durant's Sing Baby Sing,
trained by Jack Bruner. A winner of six of 13 starts, Sing Baby
Sing is already a stakes winner over turf at Lone Star Park, and
he's won five of his eight races at the local venue.
Pin Oak Stable's Gyrovagi shouldn't go unnoticed in the Ford Express
either. A perfect three-for-three racing over the Lone Star Park
main track, Gyrovagi has been working well in preparation for the
Ford Express and he appears to be primed to make a serious bid at
his first stakes victory.
The Ford Express Stakes is scheduled as race eight on the nine-race
program with an approximate post time of 9:51 p.m.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed
in parenthesis, consists of: War Bridle (Richard Eramia, 15-1);
Dallas County (Filemon Rodriguez, 30-1); Gyrovagi (Quincy Hamilton,
4-1); Gold Wonder (Eddie Martin, 12-1); Sing Baby Sing (Justin Shepherd,
7-2); Wind Water (Ken Tohill, 2-1); and Orphan Brigade (Cliff Berry,