News and Notes for February 23, 2018

On Saturday, Steve Asmussen will send out W. S. Farish’s homebred stakes winner Direct Dial (Too Much Bling – Fast Find) in a field of 6 for the $125,000 Gazebo Stakes for 3-year-olds going 6 furlongs at Oaklawn.  In his last out, the colt was second in $50,000 Groovy Stakes at Houston in January.  He won the $65,000 My Dandy division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park in November and finished second in the $150,000 Tremont Stakes at Belmont last June. He has odds of 5-1.

A pair of Accredited Texas-breds will compete in a field of 9 for the $50,000 Sam Houston Sprint Cup for 4-year-olds and up going 6 furlongs at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday.  Bret Calhoun will send out Brad Grady’s multiple stakes winner Supermason (Grasshopper – Folksy).  Bred in partnership by W. S. Farish, the 6-year-old gelding was a $25,000 purchase from the 2013 Texas Yearling Sale.  He has a career record of 31-10-5-3 with earnings of $331,985 and has been given odds of 4-1.

Bred by Jerry Chapman, Henry Witt’s multiple stakes placed Witt’sdollarnight (Mr. Nightlinger – Doublethetrouble) is coming off a second place finish in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes here on January 27th.  He is trained by Terry Eoff and the morning line has him at 20-1.

The mile and a sixteenth $50,000 Jersey Lilly Turf Stakes for fillies & mares 4-year-ols and up has 3 Texas-breds in the field of 9.  Henry Witt’s homebred stakes winner Witt’s Town (Drums of Thunder – Fortunistic) won his last out by 3 1/4 lengths in the $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes here on January 27.  She is trained by Terry Eoff and has odds of 9-2. 

Mindy Willis will saddle Star Bright Thoroughbreds’ homebred stakes winner Special Rockstar (Special Rate – Buckstar). The 6-year-old mare won the $50,000 Fiesta Mile at Retama on October 21, and was second by a neck in her last out here on February 9th.  She has odds of 6-1.

Multiple stakes winner Zippit E (My Golden Song – Final Trick), a homebred for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch, won the $50,000 Yellow Rose Stakes by 2 ½ lengths here on January 27th.  She is trained by Bret Calhoun and has odds of 15-1.

There is a field of 10 for the $50,000 Houston Turf Stakes for Accredited Texas-breds, 4-years-old and up going a mile and a sixteenth, headed by 5-2 favorite Mav Master (Mizzen Mast – Annie Savoy).  The stakes winner was bred by owner Hal Browning and is trained by Kari Craddock.  He was third in this race in 2017, and is coming off a win in the $50,000 Richard King Turf Stakes here on January 28th.

Danny Pish will saddle Macassar Corporation’s multiple stakes winner homebred Can’t be Wrong (Broken Vow – Running Dispute).  The 5-year-old gelding won the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Retama back in October, and has odds of 7-2.

Listed at 9-2 is Jose Luis Espinoza’s homebred multiple stakes placed Moojab Jr (Moojab – Ticket), who is trained by Jerenesto Torrez.

Completing the field are stakes placed Tap That Word (Tapit – Word o’ Wisdom); graded stakes placed   F J Uncle Vic (Uncle Abbie – Let Her Reign); Gavin (Improper Again – Proud Carmela); multiple stakes placed Special Praise (River Squall – With Praise); Bonjour Baby (Sing Baby Sing – Secret Sweep); Don’t Blame Dexter (My Golden Song – Don’t Blame Wayne); and multiple stakes placed P Millers Clock (Etesaal – Class Approval).

The Jockey Club announced today that the 2018 edition of the Fact Book is available in the Resources section of its website at

The online Fact Book is a statistical and informational guide to Thoroughbred breeding, racing and auction sales in North America. It also features a directory of Canadian, international, national, and state organizations.

Links to the Breeding Statistics report that is released by The Jockey Club each September and the Report of Mares Bred information that is published by The Jockey Club each October can be found in the Breeding section of the Fact Book.

The 2018 editions of State Fact Books, which feature detailed breeding, racing and auction sales information specific to numerous states, Canadian provinces, and Puerto Rico, are also available on The Jockey Club website. The State Fact Books are updated monthly.

NOTES: Voting for the Texas Champion Claimer closes TODAY at 5 p.m. Central.  Vote at…Discounted stallion seasons are still available for purchase on a first come, first served basis.  Check them out at and call the TTA office for details…The Texas Thoroughbred Breeders Association PAC is supporting the following candidates in the upcoming primary elections: Dave Campbell (HD 73), incumbent Sarah Davis (HD 134), incumbent Charlie Geren (HD 99); incumbent Lyle Larson (HD 122), and incumbent Lynn Stucky (HD 64). The PAC has endorsed incumbent Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller. We encourage everyone to talk to the candidates in your area and to vote for the person you feel will best represent your interests…Catalogs for the Texas Two-Year-Old Sale will soon be available online at  If you did not get a printed catalog last year and would like one, you may request one there under the “Contact” tab.