Simply Gone
-photo by Lone Star Park

-photo by Lone Star Park
Simply Gone, Fastation Victorious in $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes on Saturday at LSP

Grand Prairie, Texas (July 10, 2010) - Simply Gone, owned by Bill and Denise Morrison and trained by Allen Milligan, was a convincing winner in the 9th running of the five-and-a-half furlong, $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Staunch Avenger Division) for two-year-old colts and geldings, nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes, over a good main track at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

With Martin Escobar aboard, the chestnut son of Intimidator enjoyed a ground-saving trip while sitting behind early fractions of 21.48 and 44:85. With three rivals in front of him turning for home, Simply Gone exploited an opening along the rail on his way to recording a one-length victory. The final time was 1:05.39. Finishing second was Alli’s Legend, and it was another head back to Pacheco in third.

“I just tried to follow Allen’s instructions,” said winning rider Martin Escobar. “He said to try to relax for the first part of the race because there ‘s a lot of speed. I just waited for room and the race went perfect for me. This horse is professional.”

With the win, Simply Gone improved his record to two wins from two starts and increased his career earnings to $72,180, with the $60,000 winner’s share.

Simply Gone paid $19.20, $8.20, $5.00, runner-up Alli’s Legend returned $22.40, $10.20, and Pacheco paid $4.60 for show.

Completing the order of finish were - Captain Olson, Powerfully, Tamtastic, Lonely Street, Swift Flyer, Valid Promise, Jazz Party, and Dewan Adieu. Pacheco and Valid Promise ran as an entry.

Heiligbrodt's Fastation Breaks Her Maiden to Win $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Pan Zareta Division)

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Fastation, trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Richard Eramia, was an impressive 3 ¾-length winner in the 9th Running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Pan Zareta Division) for 2-year-old fillies nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes over a muddy track on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Fastation, a bay daughter of Valid Expectations, settled in behind the early leaders and fractions of 21:74,and 45.30, saved ground on the turn then charged to the lead along the rail at the quarter pole then drew away in deep stretch to stop the timer at 1:04.27 for the 5 ½ furlongs. Rush the Net was the runner up and the early leader Last Legend finished third another ¾ length back.

“She’s been very nice, very straight forward since she came into the barn,” said winning trainer Steve Asmussen. “We’ve had a lot of success with Valid Expectations’ fillies. She seems to be continuing that trend. She sure looked like she knew what she was doing. Richard gave her a good ride. She was very comfortable down in there and when the spot presented itself, she was good enough to take advantage of it.”

With the victory and the $60,000 winner’s share, Fastation earned her first win from four starts and increased her lifetime earnings to $80,618.

Intimidating Woman, part of the Asmussen-trained, 3-5 favorite entry with Far too Primal, stumbled badly while being bumped by Last Legend leaving the starting gate unseating Lone Star Park leading jockey Chris Landeros. After “getting the wind knocked out of him,” Landeros got up on his own and continued riding the rest of the card. Intimidating Woman appeared uninjured after running around the track riderless.

Fastation paid $12.20, $5.60 and $4.80, Rush the Net returned $8.80, $6.80 and Last Legend paid $5.30 for show.

Completing the order of finish were – Far too Primal, Princess Turandot, and She’s Olmos Heaven. Intimidating Woman lost her rider.

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