Hollye Lynne
-photo by Lone Star Park
Hollye Lynne Goes Gate to Wire, Wins by a Nose in Valor Farm Stakes at LSP

Grand 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 on Saturday.

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.

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