|Unbeaten Be a Resident Firmly Establishes
Himself on Stars of Texas Day at LSP
(July 8, 2006)
- Two-year-old gelding Be a Resident fought off several challengers
and remained unbeaten in three starts with convincing 1 ¼-length
victory over Holy Mission in the Staunch Avenger Division of the
$125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,
Texas. Also,the maiden Wrenice validated her runner-up effort in
the TTA Sales Futurity with a powerful 6 ¼-length triumph
in the Pan Zareta Division for 2-year-old fillies.
Both stakes events and four others helped comprise Lone Star Park's
sixth annual Stars of Texas Day - a showcase of state-bred Thoroughbreds
with stakes purses totaling $465,000. Also on the card:
· Dreamsandvisions won the $75,000 Assault Stakes for older
· Shesabigcat wired older females in the $60,000 Allen Bogan
· Rain On Monday survived a steward's inquiry and gave leading
trainer Steve Asmussen a 1-2-3 finish in the $40,000 Harold V. Goodman
Memorial Stakes for 3-year-olds.
· Open Meadows collected her second stakes win of the meet
with a front-running score in the $40,000 Valor Farm Stakes against
Be a Resident, who gave defending riding champ Cliff Berry his
meet-best 88th trip to the winner's circle, ran 5 ½ furlongs
in 1:03.92 - a stakes record for the 5-year-old race restricted
to progeny of nominated Texas-based stallions. He paid $5.20, $3.60
and $2.80 as the 8-5 favorite.
It was Be a Resident's second straight stakes win for Dallas owners
Wayne Saunders and Larry Hirsch. Previously, he won the $99,640
TTA Sales Futurity for colts and geldings on June 10. The $75,000
winner's share of purse jumped the Texas-bred son of Open Forum's
earnings to $145,584.
"This horse has a tremendous heart and a lot of determination,"
said winning trainer Bret Calhoun. "He's a lot of fun to train
and has a lot of talent and a lot of heart to go along with it.
We really thought going into [the TTA Sales Futurity] we were up
against (graded stakes winner) Datrick. After that race, this horse's
confidence really got big and going into this race we were pretty
confident. We thought it was a pretty tough race, but we had a lot
of confidence going in."
Runner-up Holy Mission returned $8 and $5.20. Mary's Gray Boy was
another 1 ½ lengths behind in third and paid $3.40.
Be a Resident's Staunch Avenger victory was Calhoun's second stakes
win of the day. The 42-year-old Grand Prairie native also saddled
Shesabigcat in the Bogan.
"It's been a lot of fun," said Calhoun, who now trails
Asmussen 55 to 48 in the local trainer standings with nine racing
dates left at the meeting. Asmussen is set to begin a six-month
suspension for a Louisiana medication violation on Monday.
In the Pan Zareta division, the speedy Wrenice led from gate to
wire and ran 5 ½ furlongs under jockey Bobby Walker Jr. in
1:04.13 - another stakes record. This was her first career win in
four starts for owner/breeder Stewart Hamblem and trainer Randy
Previously, she finished second to Asmussen's highly regarded Miss
Mary Pat as a 37-1 outsider. On Saturday, she paid $8.20, $5.20
and $3.60. Stage Stop rallied for second and returned $13.20 and
$7. Lady Be Tru, another half-length back in third, paid $3.20.
Party of One, the 2-1 favorite, faded to ninth.
"[Wrenice] left away clean and I was out hustling for about
20 or 30 yards to make sure she was on her feet because there was
a lot of speed in there with her," Walker said. "She got
comfortably in front there for a minute and for about the first
quarter I was contested but I wasn't having to use her. As fast
as we were going they couldn't possibly keep that pace up. She just
had to stay good enough and she set that pace and salvaged enough
energy to go ahead and finish that up."
The $75,000 purse boosted Wrenice's earnings to $103,346.
Dreamsandvisions Dominates $75,000 Assault Stakes
Dreamsandvisions launched a late rally along the inside rail and
cruised past pacesetter Senor Amigo to win Saturday's $75,000 Assault
Stakes for older Texas-breds by 2 ¾ lengths.
Dreamsandvisions, with Luis Quinonez in the saddle and carrying
118 pounds, covered 1 1/16 miles in 1:43.77 and paid $6.20, $3.20
and $2.40 as the 2-1 second betting choice in the field of seven.
Premiere Stakes winner Senor Amigo returned $5.60 and $4. Two-time
defending champ Goosey Moose was another 1 ½ lengths back
in third and paid $3. Groovy Chief, the 9-5 favorite, was forwardly
placed early but faded on the far turn to finish last.
"You can't take his game away from him; he's a horse that
comes from behind," Quinonez said. "I just got him to
relax and when I asked him to run he was all there for me and came
strong down the lane."
The win was the sixth in 16 lifetime starts for Dreamsandvisions
and was worth $45,000, raising the career earnings for the gelded
son of Kipling to $214,481 for Steven and Sandra Duke, the husband-wife
owner and trainer who reside near Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana
border in Bloomberg, Texas.
Dreamsandvisions has lived up to his biblical name for the Dukes,
who bought him for just $2,500 as a 2-year-old. "It took a
year to break him to ride, but we always believed he had the talent,"
said Steven Duke, a 52-year-old who, after working 30 years for
Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. in Texarkana, took out his training
license as a hobby six years ago. "It's kind of grown into
a real nice hobby."
Duke, who owns two horses and trains a total of six, had trouble
getting Dreamsandvisions to the races early on. But an equipment
change in his third career start made all the difference.
"He was in training for a year before he ever ran a race,"
Duke said. "Including Luis Quinonez, he's bucked off everyone
that's ever ridden him. He really was a challenge, but he hasn't
bucked off anybody in seven months. When we put the blinkers on,
he quit bucking."
The Assault was Dreamsandvisions third career stakes triumph and
first at Lone Star Park.
"He's a once in a lifetime horse," said Duke, who has
rejected offers as high as $300,000 to sell the horse. "I've
been so lucky to run into a once-in-a-lifetime horse so early in
my life. I've turned down a lot of money for him and people think
I'm nuts, but I'll never get another one like him. He's never had
a sore day in his life, knock on wood."
Plans call for Dreamsandvisions to run in the $150,000 Evangeline
Mile on Aug. 12, the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes
at Retama Park on Oct. 14 and the Stars of Texas Stakes at Sam Houston
in November. A trip to Kentucky is also a possibility, according
DOWN THE STRETCH - Trainer Randy Mayfield
on Wrenice: "We'd been fighting little blisters and a lung
infection here and there, off and on. But every race she got better
and better and today she put it all together."...Trainer Bret
Calhoun on Allen Bogan Memorial winner Shesabigcat: "She just
wasn't showing much sprinting so we decided to stretch her out and
she's done very well since. She's a big gorgeous filly, covers a
lot of ground and doesn't have any problems with two turns. She
has a lot of speed and can carry it."...Valor Farm racing manager
Ken Carson on Shesabigcat's dam Pleasuretohave: "We bred Alysheba
10 times and only got one filly - this filly's mother so it worked
out well."...Jockey Justin Shepherd on Rain on Monday's stretch
run in the Harold V. Goodman Memorial: "He was kind of ducking
from the whip, a little bit green, but still good enough to win.
There was plenty of speed in the race to set up for him and Steve
[Asmussen] wanted him off the pace and relaxed. He hit another gear
turning for home."...Jockey Casey Lambert on Valor Farm champ
Open Meadows: "She broke fast and once she got clear of the
gap, she really didn't make any mistakes. She relaxed well at the
front and was just a little faster than everyone else."