News and Notes for July 3, 2020

There are 4 stakes slated for Sunday, July 5th at Lone Star Park with purses of $75,000 each: the Pan Zareta and Staunch Avenger divisions of the 5-furlong Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old fillies and colts/geldings, respectively, going 5 furlongs, along with the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes for Accredited Texas-bred 3-year-olds and up going 6 ½ furlongs, and the Lane’s End Danny Shifflett Scholarship Stakes for ATB fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, going 7 ½ furlongs on the turf.

Carded as race #6, the Pan Zareta division of the Texas Stallion Stakes has a field of 8, starting with 7/5 favorite Great Affection (Grasshopper – Infectious), trained by Steve Asmussen for owner/breeder W. S. Farish.  The speedy filly broke her maiden on June 8 by 2 ¾ lengths.

At 2/1 is Still of the Night (Too Much Bling – Coryphee), bred by Ronald & Margaret Ellerbee.  Trained by Ronnie Cravens for his Lone Star Racing Club. The filly has placed second in each of her two starts here last month.

Scott Gelner will send out 8/1 Not Enough Bling (Too Much Bling – Elle Stormy) for Jayde J. Gelner.  Bred by Caroline Dodwell, the filly finished 3rd in her debut here on June 8th.

Completing the field are 10/1 Trinity Queen (Congaree – Summer Queen); 20/1 Crescendo Bling (Too Much Bling – Soft Music); 10/1 Swift Red Bird (Grasshopper – Swifterthantaylor); 15/1 Soundslikeawinner (Too Much Bling – Most Magic); and 15/1 Missheartbreaker (Crossbow – Miss Photogenic).

Race #7 is the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes with a nice field of 9, where Steve Asmussen will saddle 4/5 favorite Direct Dial (Too Much Bling – Fast Find) for owner/breeder W. S. Farish.  The 5-year-old multiple stakes winner won the $75,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes here on June 14th by a noteworthy 5 lengths.

J. R. Caldwell owns and trains 9/2 Wonders of Hislove (Early Flyer – Maymeister).  Bred by Stephen Baker the 3-year-old won the $75,000 Groovy Stakes on June 14th.

At 6/1 is Jerry Chapman’s homebred Affluent Gentleman (Early Flyer – Affluent Lady) trained by Ronnie Cravens.  The gelding finished 3rd in last month’s Spirit of Texas Stakes.

Providing competition are 20/1 Moro Appeal (Moro Tap – Moving Appeal); 30/1 Trumps Revenge (I Want Revenge – Cookin’s Cast); 10/1 Ribbon Cane (My Golden Song – She’samark); 8/1 Lullaby Bling (Too Much Bling – Soft Music); and 12/1 J C’s Nightcap (Mr. Nightlinger – One O Seven).

The Lane’s End Danny Shifflett Scholarship Stakes has a competitive field of 10 led by 5/2 Herbs Love (Etesaal – Totally Vested), trained by Danny Pish for Sam Sherman.  Bred by Joe Keith Davis, the 4-year-old filly won the $75,000 San Jacinto Turf Stakes by 3 lengths on June 14th. She has also been consigned to the Texas Thoroughbred Yearlings and Horses of Racing Age
Sale on August 24th.

Karl Broberg will send out 3/1 Ima Discreet Lady (Discreet Cat – Ima Three Blinger) bred by the late Larry S. Huntsinger and owned by Raymond Todd White & Duane Coker.  She won the $75,000 Yellow Rose Stakes by 4 ½ lengths last month.

Bred by Eureka Thoroughbred Farm, 7/2 Shes Our Fastest (Oratory – Dawali) is trained by Scott Gelner for Mark Norman & Norman Stables, LLC.  The mare took second place in last year’s edition of this race.

Completing the field for race #8 are 30/1 Sexy Dance (Voyagers Quest – Sexy Saint); 20/1 Gee She Sparkles (Race Day – Pata Fresca); 20/1 Brazos Angel (Angliana – Detonate); 9/2 Corluna (Unbridled’s Heart – Red Moon Cat) who was the winner of last year’s race; 15/1 Averys Miss (Interactif – Itisi); Silver City Trick (Silver City – Final Trick); and 20/1 Eaton’s Memory (Eaton’s Gift – Sallys Memo).

Carded as race 9, the Staunch Avenger division of the Texas Stallion Stakes has a field of 11.

The 7/5 favorite is W. S. Farish’s homebred Island Sun (Too Much Bling – Pacific Sunrise), trained by Steve Asmussen.  The colt broke his maiden on June 23 by 2 ¾ lengths.

Thomas Martin Galvin’s homebred G Don’t Know (Early Flyer – Enticing Mr. G) is the lone Louisiana-bred and is listed at 5/2.  Trained by Austin Gustafson, he finished 2nd here on June 23rd.

Making his first out is Carbon Stryker (Crossbow – Whiskey Girl), bred by Randel Ray Riley and trained by Karl Broberg for Three Feathers Farm.  He has odds of 5/1.

Competition is provided by 20/1 A Hunk of Heaven (The Hunk – Seeking Heaven); 15/1 Imperial Flyer (Early Flyer – Imperial Pomeroy); 20/1 Cresson (Too Much Bling – Red Thread) ; 15/1 Appeal Guy (Littleexpectations – The Girl Rocks); 15/1 K C Tiz Moro (Moro Tap – Winning Turn); 15/1 Grey Rogue (Moro Tap – Irene G); 12/1 Policy Limit (Bradester – In Gold Blood); and 30/1 My Blarney Stone (Stonesider – Roses N Bows).

Best of luck to all!

Live racing is back at Gillespie County Fair Grounds this weekend! 

There are 6 races carded for Saturday, July 4 with an 870-yard mixed race with 4 ATB Thoroughbreds in the field of 6; a 4-furlong Thoroughbred maiden race with 3 ATB’s in a field of 7 and 4 Quarter Horse races.  On Sunday, July 5 there are 8 Quarter Horse races, an 870-yard mixed race with 3 ATB Thoroughbreds and a 7-furlong TB claimer with 2 ATB’s in the field of 6.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!