-photo by Lone Star Park
|Hollye Lynne Goes Gate to Wire,
Wins by a Nose in Valor Farm Stakes at LSP
Prairie, Texas (July 10, 2010) - N 2 Win Racing’s Hollye
Lynne, trained by Bret Calhoun, prevailed in an exciting stretch
duel with even-money favorite No Other Tone to win by a nose in
the 13th Running of the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for Texas-bred
fillies, 3-years-old and up, over a good track at Lone Star Park
Hollye Lynne, ridden by Lone Star Park all-time leading jockey
Cliff Berry, set the early pace through fractions of 21.88 and 44.66,
and had the lead turning for home when she had to hold off the determined
drive of even-money favorite No Other Tone to win in an extremely
close photo finish. The 6-year-old, bay daughter of Uncle Abbie
completed the six furlong-distance in 1:09.16.
Jay (Calhoun’s assistant) told me she might be the speed
in the race,” said Berry. “He said ‘just get out
of there good and see where we’re at.’ She broke really
well. She actually got to get by herself in the turn and rest a
little bit. She ran hard down the straightaway. “
“I had my head down (at the wire) and I asked Chris (Landeros,
rider of No Other Tone) and he said he didn’t know, and I
sure didn’t know (who won)," added Berry.
“This is our 17th win, but it’s our first stakes win,”
said N 2 Win Racing partner Gordon Jago, who was the coach of two
Major Indoor Soccer League Dallas Sidekick’s championship
teams. “And for all the group, it’s an incredible afternoon.”
With the victory, Hollye Lynne improved her career record to 13
wins from 48 starts and increased her lifetime earnings to $222,745
with the $30,000 winner’s share of the purse.
Hollye Lynne paid $10.60, $3.40 and $3.80; No Other Tone returned
$2.80 and $3.00, and Formal Flyer paid $5.00 to show. Tin Top Cat,
Deer Lassie, Dixie Dust, Blackie’s Crown, Joy’s Paradise,
and She’s a Bond Girl completed the order of finish.