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