|Rare Cure Wheels Back to Win $100,000
(June 28, 2003)- One week after
finishing eighth of 10 in the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup, multiple
stakes winner Rare Cure wheeled back to win Saturday’s $100,000
Assault Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Agrivating General
in front of 8,386 fans at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Assault was one of six stakes races which comprised the North
Texas racetrack’s third annual Stars of Texas Day, a mid-season
championship for horses bred in Texas totaling $522,500 in prize
money. Earlier on the program, Eagle Lake collected her second straight
win in the $75,000 Allen Bogan Memorial, There Goes Rocket and Hay
Lauren won divisions of the $122,500 Texas Stallion Stakes and Herve
narrowly edged Call Me Lefty in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial
Stakes. Also, Expectacat won the Texas Stallion Consolation Stakes.
Rare Cure, winner of the Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs and
Governor’s Cup Handicap at Remington Park in 2001, collected
his first stakes since winning the $100,000 Star of Texas at Sam
Houston Race Park last November. It was the 5-year-old gelding’s
ninth win overall in 35 starts and his earnings soared to $338,570
with the $60,000 winner’s share of the purse.
Just last week, Rare Cure was beaten 13 lengths by Patrol in the
1 1/8-mile Dallas Turf Cup against open company. But after keenly
observing the son of Rare Brick throughout the week, trainer Joe
Petalino and owner/breeder Larry Dyson decided to enter back their
star runner against state-breds in the Assault.
“Some people questioned us running back that fast, but in
the Dallas Turf Cup he just didn’t fire at all,” explained
Dyson, a resident of Bonham, Texas. “We’re real proud
of the horse and proud of the job that Joe Petalino did getting
him ready this quick. The next two mornings [after the Dallas Turf
Cup], he was just bucking and kicking like he never had a race.
Joe looked at him all week and said that he thought he was feeling
good. He said, ‘Let’s try it,’ and so can see
Rare Cure, the longest shot in the field of seven older Texas-breds
at odds of 10-1, was ridden by E.J. Perrodin, the veteran Louisiana
native who also rode There Goes Rocket to victory in the colts and
geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.
“My instructions were to bust him away from [the starting
gate] and tap him a couple of times to get him running and into
the race,” Perrodin said. “I did that and [the leaders]
started to go faster than I wanted to go, so I just tucked behind
Rare Cure sat in third behind Lights On Broadway, the 2001 Texas-bred
Horse of the Year, and Desert Darby, the defending Assault champ,
during the early stages of the race through fractions of :23.86
and :47.20. With three-eighths of mile to run, Perrodin couldn’t
wait any longer and asked Rare Cure for his winning move.
“Corey [Lanerie on Desert Darby] came to the outside, so
I just swung my horse out there, too, because that’s where
he wants to be: out there and free,” Perrodin said. “I
wanted to go up there and test Corey because he [was on one of the
favorites] and I wanted to see what would happen when he cut his
horse loose. When he did, I was just sitting pretty.”
Rare Cure pulled clear in upper stretch and held well under Perrodin’s
strong right-handed urging to win by three-quarters of a length.
Agrivating General, who rallied to get second as the 2-1 second
wagering choice, was 2 ¾ lengths clear of third place finisher
Lights On Broadway, 2-1 favorite Term Sheet, Crook and Danke Schoen
completed the order of finish.
There Goes Rocket Rolls in $122,500 Texas Stallion Stakes
There Goes Rocket raced greenly in the early stages but closed
well to get up in the final strides of the $122,500 colts and geldings
division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. It was just the second start
for the son of Valid Expectations, who circled a 10-horse field
in a remarkable maiden win two weeks ago.
Trained by Sam David Jr. and ridden by E.J. Perrodin, Hay Lauren
prevailed by a half-length over Iron Expectations, who was part
of an odds-on entry with third-place finisher Trickey Jones.
The final time of 1:04.37 was the fastest in the short history
of this race for progeny of nominated Texas-based stallions.
For the second straight start, There Goes Rocket was in no hurry
“He doesn’t have a real quick turn of foot so I wasn’t
too concerned,” David said. “I was a little concerned
mid-turn when E.J. [Perrodin] started asking him to run. I could
see he was responding and picking them up, but he still had a lot
of work to do from there.”
At the top of the stretch, There Goes Rocket was well behind the
early leaders but started to find his best stride.
“As far as running style, he doesn’t have a clue what
he’s doing yet,” Perrodin said. “That’s
why I kept him in the clear. I tried to pull him down and they started
getting away from me. I said I would lose that little bit of ground,
but at least I’ll keep my momentum going.”
There Goes Rocket began picking up horses and was moving well on
the outside through the length of the stretch.
“It was a long drive but nobody gave up,” David said.
“Those other horses fought us and it was a good horse race.”
The winner rewarded his backers with a $14.60 return on a $2 investment.
The $73,500 first-place share raised There Goes Rocket’s earnings
to $137,500 for owner Frank Fletcher of North Little Rock, Ark.
Iron Expectations, the more highly regarded half of the favored
Steve Asmussen-trained entry, grabbed the lead at the one-sixteenth
pole but could not hold off the winner’s late charge. It was
two lengths back to Trickey Jones in third. Because of the entry,
exotic wagers were completed by longshots R.C. Slocum in fourth
and Texmckay in fifth. The remaining order of finish consisted of
Danzig in the Dark, East Texas Red, Koran, Built to Last, Uno Cuatro
and Canadian River. Anjo’s Legend was a late scratch.
There Goes Rocket will probably point to the El Joven Stakes at
Retama Park in August. In the meantime, trainer and jockey both
feel the colt has plenty of room to mature.
“He’s got a lot of play to him and isn’t really
focused yet,” David said. “But once he learns how to
run I think we’ll have a real nice horse.”
“He’s winning because he’s got that pedigree
in him and the heart to make him do what he did,” Perrodin
added. “The colt’s running so green, we don’t
really know how good he could be.”
Hay Lauren Wins Fillies Division of $122,500 Texas Stallion
Hay Lauren, runner-up in the rich TTA Sales Futurity three weeks
ago, rolled down the Lone Star Park stretch impressively Saturday
to collect her first stakes win in the fillies division of the $122,500
Texas Stallion Stakes. Trained by Barry Germany and ridden by leading
rider Eddie Martin Jr., Hay Lauren defeated Clever Melody by two
lengths and clocked 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.89.
Hay Lauren, owned and bred by Ro Parra of Austin, Texas, was allowed
to settle into stride early on, then launched her rally midway through
the turn for home and closed strongly to win going away for her
third victory in four starts.
“She broke well,” Martin said. “I let her settle
in. The speed started to get away from me a little bit at the half-mile
pole, so I had to gather her up and ask her for a little bit more.
She responded well.”
It’s been a good week for Martin, who seeks his first riding
title at Lone Star Park (he leads Corey Lanerie 72 wins to 68).
One week after competing in the NTRA All-Star Jockey Championship,
the 40-year-old native of New Orleans collected his 2,500th career
win at Louisiana Downs aboard Go West Again on Friday afternoon.
On Saturday, he added two stakes wins, giving him a share of Marlon
St. Julien’s 1997 track record of seven stakes triumphs during
a single Lone Star Park meeting.
Hay Lauren, a daughter of Hay Halo, earned $73,500 for the win
and increased her earnings to $119,140.
“I was very, very pleased,” Germany said. “I
think the big thing about it is that it looks like she’s going
to want to go on a little further [in distance], which just makes
her so much better.”
Germany and Parra will look at entering Hay Lauren in the Friendship
Stakes at Louisiana Downs and La Senorita at Retama Park later this
“She’s pretty good,” Germany said. “At
this stage of the game, it’s really hard to say how good.
Having My Meggie Meg and Cheryl P., she’s right up there with
them. She could be as good or possibly better.”
Eagle Lake Wins Again; Leads Allen Bogan Field Wire-to-Wire
The Cole Norman-trained Eagle Lake continued her winning ways with
a convincing 3 ¾-length victory over defending champ Coastalota
in the $75,000 Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes. Like she did a month
earlier in the Grade III, $200,000 WinStar Distaff, Eagle Lake controlled
the one-mile race from the start and led every step of the way en
route to her second straight stakes win.
“She’s awesome,” Norman said. “This filly
is good to train and good to be around. I just wish I had 10 more
Overall, it was Eagle Lake’s 12th win in 38 starts. The $45,000
winner’s share of the purse pushed her bankroll over the $400,000
mark to $436,143 for owner Mark Cornett’s partnership Turf
Eagle Lake, under jockey Gerard Melancon, was sent straight to
the lead and clicked off fractions of :23.78, :46.56, 1:10.57 and
1:23.36 before stopping the timer in 1:36.74.
“She left [the starting gate] so good,” said Melancon,
who also won the Harold V. Goodman aboard Herve. “She’s
really good on the dirt, but she’s a much better turf horse.
She relaxes a whole lot better on the turf.”
Eagle Lake returned to the main track after winning the WinStar
Distaff at one-mile on turf by 2 ¼ lengths on Memorial Day
at odds of 8-1. On Saturday, she paid $3.80 to win as the 4-5 favorite.
Coastalota, the 2002 Texas Champion Older Filly/Mare after a win
in this race a year ago, headed Halo Tyra for second.
“I got no excuses,” Coastalota’s trainer Randy
Mayfield said. “A better horse just beat me today. Down the
road, they’ll meet again.”
“Other” Horse Nerve Narrowly Wins Harold V.
Herve, the less accomplished half of an Andrew Konkoly-trained
entry, narrowly defeated Call Me Lefty by a nose to win the $50,000
Harold V. Goodman Memorial Stakes. Ridden by Gerard Melancon, the
3-year-old Naevus gelding settled off the early pace, rallied along
the far turn and closed steadily to get up at the wire in 1:10.27
for six furlongs. The filly Hannah’s Royalrock closed late
to run third. Herve’s stablemate, Czech Mate, battled for
the early lead and finished fourth in the field of six 3-year-old
“I thought [Call Me Lefty] and a Czech Mate were the horses
to beat,” Melancon said. “When [Call Me Lefty] sprinted
away from my entry mate, I was concerned about getting to him. But
he ran big and got to him at the right time. [Call Me Lefty] had
those big blinkers and I don’t think he saw us until we got
to the wire. The other horse came back on, but we timed it just
“Czech Mate went to the front and caught a little extra speed
there and that maybe hurt him a little bit,” Konkoly said
of the :21.81 and :44.41 quarter- and half-mile splits. “But
we knew Herve would come off the pace and pick up the pieces.”
Herve paid $5 to win as the 3-2 favored entry. Owned by Anjo Racing
Inc. of Houston, he won for the third time in nine starts and boosted
his career earnings to $59,170, thanks to the $30,000 winner’s
share of the purse.
Trainer Steve Asmussen was pleased with the third-place finish
by Hannah’s Royalrock, calling her run “awesome against
these kind,” and said that she would be shipped to New York
for an allowance race against her own sex at Saratoga.
Expectacat Wins Texas Stallion Consolation Stakes
Expectacat, owned by Bob and Janice McNair’s Stonerside Stable,
won the $52,500 Texas Stallion Consolation Stakes by 1 ¾
lengths over Tizzy Boy. The Valid Expectations colt, trained by
Michael Stidham and ridden by Eddie Martin Jr., covered 5 ½
furlongs in 1:05.56. It was the 2-year-old’s first win in
three starts. He paid $3 to win as the odds-on 1-2 favorite in the
field of seven 2-year-olds.