|Baffert Takes Aim at Yes He's a
Pistol in Saturday's Texas Mile at LSP
2006) - This may be the 10th running of the Grade III, $300,000
Texas Mile, but it feels like the first time. Trainer Bob Baffert
is coming to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie for Saturday's marquee
event with a speedy Mike Pegram horse; the next week he'll be in
Louisville, Ky., preparing to take the Kentucky Derby by storm.
As television host Ralph Edwards would say, "Bob Baffert, this
is your life."
After Baffert upset the inaugural Texas Mile in late April of 1997
with Isitingood, the trainer went on to nab his first of three Kentucky
Derby triumphs a few weeks later with Silver Charm. This year Baffert
invades the Texas Mile with Pegram's homebred Preachinatthebar,
the 3-1 second choice on the morning line. The gray son of none
other than Silver Charm could be a good omen for the trainer with
three colts pointing to the following Saturday's 132nd Run for the
The Texas Mile lured its largest field ever when 11 older horses,
including six based outside the Southwest region, were entered Thursday
morning. The 5-2 morning line favorite Yes He's a Pistol, one of
three California invaders, drew post position No. 8 and will be
ridden by Garrett Gomez, who tops the nation in money won with more
than $4.6 million this year. Trainer Doug O'Neill is the leading
conditioner in Southern California by wins and earnings.
The other Southern California shippers represent the one-two finishers
from Santa Anita's Grade III Tokyo City Handicap on April 1. Winner
Preachinatthebar finished behind Yes He's a Pistol in the previous
month's Santana Mile Handicap at Santa Anita Park. The Tokyo City
runner-up, Texcess, comes from the barn of Mike Mitchell, who won
this race with Kela in 2004.
In from South Florida are Halos Sailing Sain, second to Grade I
winner Bandini in a Gulfstream Park allowance race two starts ago,
and Ellis Park stakes winner Nakayama Kun from the Akiko Gothard
The field also lured a horse with international intrigue. Dominguin,
trained by Dante Zanelli Jr., won his first five starts in his native
Peru by a combined 52 ¼ lengths before finishing fifth in
the Grade II, $2 million UAE Derby at Dubai's Nad Al Sheeba five
Regionally based threats include defending Texas Mile champ High
Strike Zone, kingpin trainer Steve Asmussen's Oaklawn Park allowance
winner Stockholder, six-time stakes winner Charming Socialite, dominant
Sunland Park Handicap winner Mr. Trieste and four-length Sam Houston
allowance winner Play the Chime.
Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with first post set for 1:35
p.m. The 10th running of the Texas Mile will be run as the 10th
race at 5:47 p.m. CT.
Saturday is also Dollar Day at Lone Star Park, with hot dogs, beer,
soda, popcorn, programs, parking and admission all for $1 apiece.
The forecast for Saturday, according to The Weather Channel's weather.com,
calls for partly cloudy skies with a high of 76 degrees.
The Texas Mile Field
Here's the field for the Grade III, $300,000 Texas Mile, for older
horses at one mile, from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and
morning line odds): Nakayama Kun (Rafael Mojica Jr., Akiko Gothard,
20-1), Play the Chime (Larry Taylor, Jaime Castellanos, 30-1), Mr.
Trieste (Ken Tohill, Gary Cross, 15-1), Charming Socialite (Terry
Stanton, Bill Pettit, 20-1), High Strike Zone (Ricky Faul, Amos
Laborde, 12-1), Dominguin (Roman Chapa, Dante Zanelli Jr., 15-1),
Texcess (Cliff Berry, Mike Mitchell, 4-1), Yes He's a Pistol (Garrett
Gomez, Doug O'Neill, 5-2), Stockholder (Luis Quinonez, Steve Asmussen,
6-1), Preachinatthebar (Jon Court, Bob Baffert, 3-1) and Halos Sailing
Sain (Joe Bravo, Joseph Orseno, 10-1).
Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, JEH Stallion Station Fields
Saturday's 11-race Texas Mile Day program is supported by a pair
of competitive undercard stakes. The $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf
Challenge features Desert Wheat, who ran away with the Gentilly
Handicap at Louisiana Downs in November and hit the board in a pair
of juvenile grass stakes against open company, including the $125,000
Bourbon Stakes at Keeneland. The $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes
for female Texas-bred sprinters is led by Expectant Diva, winner
of the Yellow Rose Stakes at Sam Houston.
Here's the complete field for the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge,
for 3-year-olds at one mile on turf, from the rail out (with jockeys,
trainers and morning line odds): Unruly (Tony McNeil, Cheryl Asmussen,
8-1), Desert Wheat (Jamie Theriot, Tony Richey, 8-5), Belligerence
(Garrett Gomez, Chris Hartman, 10-1), Willtosucceed (Roman Chapa,
Steve Asmussen, 12-1), Red Dirt Road (Jason Coyote, Larry Taylor,
10-1), Wait In Line (Alfredo Juarez Jr., Hartman, 10-1), Slick City
Nites (Luis Quinonez, Asmussen, 4-1) and Kip Deville (Quincy Hamilton,
Mike Neatherlin, 5-2). Belligerence and Wait In Line will run as
an entry due to the common ownership of Frontier Stables.
Here's the complete field for the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station
Stakes, for older Texas-bred females at 6 ½ furlongs, from
the rail out (with jockeys, trainers and morning line odds): Expectant
Diva (Bobby Walker Jr., Randy Mayfield, 8-5), Velvet Angel (Larry
Taylor, Mark Whitton, 15-1), Kathy's Rocket (Terry Stanton, W.T.
Howard, 12-1), Golden Trust (Jamie Theriot, Tony Richey, 12-1),
Fancie (Roman Chapa, Brent Davidson, 20-1), Dodd (Glen Murphy, Troy
Young, 5-2), Tizzy Girl (Luis Quinonez, Steve Asmussen, 3-1) and
Cookin's Cast (Quincy Hamilton, Alan Love Sr., 12-1).