|Texas Chrome Rockets His Way Through Field Late to Win the $111,020 TTA Sales Futurity Colt & Gelding Division at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Saturday, July 11, 2015) - Sorry California, the 'Chromies' tonight were all about the Lone Star state as in Texas Chrome, a two-year-old colt by Grasshopper. He wowed the crowd with his performance in the $111,020 TTA Sales Futurity colt & gelding Division at Lone Star Park. The final feature on the Stars of Texas night card was one to remember.
After the gates opened on the five furlong dirt sprint, Texas Chrome trained by Shea Stuart, found himself behind all but one in the 11 horse field. However, dirt in the face was of no consequence tonight when jockey Deshawn Parker began his bid in the turn, taking down rivals one by one. With a super burst of speed in upper stretch, he rocketed by the rest posting a two and a quarter length victory at the wire.
"Once I got him clear of horses he just gave me a big kick," said Deshawn Parker. "I never had to get after him or anything. I just kind of showed him the way. Actually, he took me the way."
The race went in :22.68 and :46.40 for a final of :59.15 over the dirt track listed as fast. Owner Danny Keene of Greenville, Texas said of his colt tonight, "That's what you look for. Get that young one that you've got a little future with hopefully."
It looks as if he has a good future in the cards...
Tonight's win makes it a perfect two-for-two record for Texas Chrome. His debut win was here on May 15. His earnings now total $78,312.
Off at odds of 7.50-to1, Texas Chrome paid a handsome $17.00, $6.40 and $4.60. Fred's Lucky Boy was second and paid $26.00 and $10.80. Break Free was third and returned $5.20. Moon Hopper, Cash Bonus, Chatte Bleu, Jet Over, Flying Cat, Tall Tales, A. P. Bling, and Phrase completed the order.
An Impressive Performance Again for Fleet Grey as She Takes the $93,720 TTA Sales Futurity Filly Division
Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. was certainly confident of his charge Fleet Grey tonight in the $93,720 TTA Sales Futurity Filly Division at Lone Star Park.
"She breaks really fast," said Ricardo Santana, Jr. "I tried to wait for horses to get beside [them] ... When she feels a horse on her side, she starts to go."
Fleet Grey, owned by Clark O. Brewster of Tulsa, Oklahoma, quickly sped clear of the field, cruised along on the lead until Josie the E F Five confronted her in the stretch, getting a head in front nearing the sixteenth pole. But the gray/roan filly by Too Much Bling would have none of that, taking back the lead to prevail by a neck at the wire under a strong hand ride.
"She showed she was a very talented filly when she broke her maiden at Churchill," said Darren Fleming, assistant to winning trainer Steve Asmussen.
Fractions for the five furlong contest on a fast main track were :22:19 and :45.79. Final time was :59.13.
Betting favorite Fleet Grey returned $2.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Josie the E F Five held place and returned $5.00 and $3.40. Third place went to Flashy G and she returned $3.20. Flyin' Katnip, Kipling's Appeal, and Flight Plan completed the order of finish.
The $56,232 winner's share of the purse put Fleet Grey's earnings at $78,192. She is a perfect two for two.
Lasting Bubbles Breaks Her Own Record by Winning Third Straight $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes Tonight
Judy Peek's Lasting Bubbles continues to show just how much she loves Lone Star Park with a win in the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for the third consecutive year. One can almost count on the flashy seven-year-old gray mare by Pulling Punches to get up and win at the Grand Prairie track.
Lasting Bubbles stalked the pace on the outside of early leader Prada's Bling and Everything Bling. She decided to take the lead from those two midway through the turn, holding them at bay to the wire.
"She tries every time. She knows how to do her job," said winning jockey Luis Quinonez. "They weren't going to pass her today."
Fractions for the six furlong sprint were :22.23, :45.18 and :57.49 over a fast main track. Final time was 1:10.75.
"For several years, they've been chasing her around this dirt oval, and that's not by accident," said winning trainer Kevin Peek. "She just wakes up talented. When the racing gods made her, they put some extra grace and power and intelligence, and topped it off with a lot of awesome."
This is her second stakes win here this meeting. She won the Wayne Hanks Memorial on opening weekend. Since winning her career debut here in 2012, Lasting Bubbles has racked up a total of seven wins over the Lone Star surface, six of which were stakes competitions.
Her career record reads 33-12-8-4, and with the $30,000 winner's share, her career earnings now total $437,418.
As the betting favorite, Lasting Bubbles returned $3.40, $2.20 and $2.10. Everything Bling held second and returned $3.00 and $2.40. Infectious was up for show, returning $2.40. Prada's Bling, Final Song, Bethyl's Royalrose, and Best Bling completed the order of finish. Scooter's Choice was a late scratch from the race.
The Stars of Texas Were Shining Bright on Texas Bling with a Repeat Win in the $50,000 Assault Stakes
The homebred of Hall's Family Trust, five-year-old horse Texas Bling, held off graded stakes winner Texas Air for a repeat win in the $50,000Assault Stakes tonight at Lone Star Park.
"It meant a lot to me to have him come back and win like he did," said owner, Lewis Hall, Jr. of Hall's Family Trust. Hall also stated they had just lost the dam of Texas Bling recently from complications while foaling.
"This horse has had a really tough campaign," said trainer Danele Durham. "We've asked a lot out of him. He's competed on the national scene [stakes placed]. It meant a lot to Mr. Hall to win this race back-to-back, and he's probably the only horse to win the Assault back-to-back, so we are very pleased with what he's done."
Actually Texas Bling, by Too Much Bling is the third horse to win The Assault Stakes back-to-back since its inaugural running in 1998. Coyote Legend has three Assault wins, 2012-13 and 2010. Goosey Moose holds the record with four wins in the Assault, 2004-05, 2007 and 2009.
Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. scored his second stakes on the card.
While racing off the pace set by Supermason, Texas Bling made a bid near the five sixteenths pole then gained the lead at the top of the stretch. Santana then set Texas Bling into a drive and held on to the wire. Texas Air was up for the place, and He Has Bling came from far back and just got up for show.
"On the front, it was really quick," said Ricardo Santana, Jr. "At the three-eighths when I asked, I had plenty of horse and he took off."
Fractions for the one mile contest were :23.76, :46.72 and 1:11.94 with a final of 1:38.74 on a fast main track.
At odds of 10.30-1, Texas Bling returned $22.60, $8.80 and $6.40 to bettors. Favorite Texas Air was the runner up, returning $3.00 and $2.60 for the place. He Has Bling was up for show and paid $5.40. The Lone Roo, Dusty Ryder, Supermason, Fly the Red Eye, Ring Necked, Special U F O and F J Uncle Vic completed the order of finish.
Overspent was scratched from the race.
Texas Bling added $30,000 to his bankroll that now totals $372,251. It was his fifth win from 32 lifetime starts.