||Calhoun Chalks Up Win Number Five in the Texas Stallion Stakes, Got Koko Division at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Sunday, May 15, 2016) - Douglas Scharbauer's More Than Most took the Texas Stallion Stakes, Got Koko Division for Texas bred fillies today, giving trainer Bret Calhoun his fifth win from the 14 runnings of the race.
Fleet Grey went to the lead early, with More Than Most taking a comfortable position one length behind before taking over the lead in the far turn. The winner made it look easy, coasting the wire for a 7 1/4-length victory over Zippit E in second. It was another 10 1/2 lengths to third place finisher Cosmo Cassis.
"I talked to Bret earlier," said winning rider C. J. McMahon. "He told me to try to let her get away from there good and wherever she feels comfortable, just leave her be, and when it's time, ask her and she'd give it to me."
Final time for the one mile contest over a fast main track was 1:39.21, with fractions of :24.32, :48.87 and 1:13.89.
Mutuels returned $3.40, $2.40 and $2.10 for the winner. Place returned $7.40 and $3.80, and $3.00 for the show. Easter Elite, Blingin' Rose, Fleet Grey and Dixie Flag completed the order of finish.
More Than Most is a three-year-old filly by Indygo Mountain out of the Elusive Quality mare Better Than Most. This was her third win from 10 career starts, and with the winner's share of the purse, her total earnings are $131,978.
Texas Chrome Destroys the Field by 10 1/2 Lengths in Stymie Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes
Keene Thoroughbreds LLC's Texas Chrome is now a perfect three for three at Lone Star Park. The three-year-old colt by Grasshopper out of Margarita Madness, a daughter of Naevus, made it look like child's play, winning the Texas Stallion Stakes, Stymie Division for Texas-bred three-year-old colts & geldings going one mile.
Trained by J. R. Caldwell and ridden by Iram Diego, Texas Chrome stalked the pace until making a bid four wide in the far turn, where the rest of the race was all his. It was a hand ride by Diego sailing to a 10 1/2-length victory over Grass Court in second, and another it was another three-quarters of a length to third place finisher Ship Rock.
Mutuel payoffs for Texas Chrome were $3.80, $3.00 and $2.40. Grass Court paid $12.20 and $6.60, and Ship Rock paid $5.40. Golden Thread, Duca's Bling, Better Than Magic, Jet Over and D. Shifflett completed the order.
Texas Chrome posted a final time of 1:39.64 over a fast main track behind fractions of :25.35, :49.54 and 1:14.55. This was his fifth win of eight starts, posting earnings of $242,562.
Around the Track: In today's 7th race, an optional claiming allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs on the turf, Supermason, a four-year-old gelding by Grasshopper trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by C. J. McMahon, posted a final time of 1:26.93, breaking the previous track record of 1:27.63 set by Gaelico set in 2014. Owned by Brad Grady, Supermason also won the Premiere Stakes on opening night this meet, and last year, as a three-year-old, was the victor in the Stymie Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.