|Be a Resident Narrowly Defeats
Grade III Champ Datrick at Lone Star; Asmussen Tabs Seventh Fillies
Win with Miss Mary Pat
(June 10, 2006) - Be
a Resident finished a nose in front of Grade III stakes champ Datrick
to win the colts and geldings division of the $99,640 Texas Thoroughbred
Association Sales Futurity before a crowd of 10,011 on Saturday
at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Two races later, Miss
Mary Pat ran faster than he male counterparts and gave trainer Steve
Asmussen his seventh victory in the last eight runnings of the fillies
Be a Resident, ridden by Lone Star's leading rider Cliff Berry
and carrying 118 pounds, ran five furlongs in :58.50 and paid $6.60,
$2.60 and $2.20. The Asmussen-trained Datrick, with Jaime Theriot
up, returned $2.60 and $2.10. Austin Lights, piloted by Quincy Hamilton,
was another 1 ¼ lengths behind in third and paid $5.
The win was the second in as many starts for Be a Resident, who
won his debut - a May 26 trial for Saturday's final - by 3 ¼
lengths. The Texas-bred gelding, a son of Open Forum out of the
Western Trick mare Western Lil, earned $59,784 for the victory and
raised his earnings to $70,584 for owners Wayne Sanders and Larry
Hirsch, who both reside in Dallas.
"Be A Resident has a lot of class, a lot of courage, he just
refused to lose," said trainer Bret Calhoun, who also won the
male division of the TTA Sales Futurity in 2003 with Next Bandit.
Calhoun also is the trainer of third-place finisher Austin Lights
and Devils Warrior, who faded to eighth after contesting the lead
Datrick, victorious in the Grade III Kentucky Breeders' Cup Stakes
on Kentucky Derby week at Churchill Downs, was sent postward as
the odds-on 4-5 favorite with a perfect record of three wins in
three starts. Be a Resident, part of an entry that was the 2-1 second
choice, was hustled from the start and dueled between Devils Warrior
(inside) and Datrick (outside) through fractions of :21.78 for a
quarter mile and :45.65 for the half. Be a Resident and Datrick
battled through the stretch with the favorite taking a slight advantage
with a furlong to run. Be a Resident, however, was resilient and
fought back under Berry's strong left-handed urging.
"He dug in when Datrick came on," Berry said.
Theriot thought an unexpected switch of Datrick's lead foot cost
him the race. "He jumped back to his left lead (leg) two jumps
before the wire, and that bobble, I think cost him the head-bob."
Asmussen and Datrick's Houston-based owners Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt
were redeemed in the $111,330 fillies division when Miss Mary Pat
wore down longshot pacesetter Wrenice and rolled to a 2 ½-length
triumph in :58.28 -- .22 hundredths of a second faster than the
Be a Resident's clocking.
"She left there really sharp," said winning rider Quincy
Hamilton, who tacked 118 pounds. "There were others that were
faster into stride. She settled back behind them, relaxed great
and when I called on her at the top of the lane, she was very responsive."
Miss Mary Pat paid $5.40, $3.80 and $3.20. Wrenice, at odds of
37-1 under jockey Bobby Walker Jr., returned $29.60 and $11.20.
Expect an Echo, a 26-1 outsider, was another 5 ¾ lengths
back in third and paid $8.60.
It was the second win in three starts for Miss Mary Pat, a promising
Kentucky-bred daughter of Service Stripe who is co-owned by Ro Parra's
Millennium Farms of Austin, Texas. The $66,798 winner's share of
the purse jumped her career earnings to $77,598.
"We have pretty high aspirations for her, being a Service
Stripe [filly]," said Asmussen, who is pursuing his eighth
Lone Star training title. "She reminded me of the filly Cashier's
Dream." Cashier's Dream was Asmussen's first Grade I winner
when she captured the 2001 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga. A winner
in five of seven starts and $423,042 as a 2- and 3-year-old, she
was co-owned by the Heiligbrodt's and Team Valor.
"Mr. Heiligbrodt purchased half of [Miss Mary Pat] from Ro
hoping that we could have some success similar to that."
Four of Asmussen's seven winners in the TTA Sales Futurity fillies
division have been owned by the Heiligbrodts. Their others came
with Louetta (2000), Bluegrass Sara (2003) and Covered in Clover
(2005). Asmussen won his first with Maddie's Promise (1999) and
also succeeded with Smoke Buster (2001) and the Parra-owned Berdelia
Both Asmussen and Hamilton collected their sixth stakes wins of
the Lone Star Park season, which is 40 days into the 66-date meeting.