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, 5-2).

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