News and Notes for March 10, 2017

W. T. Howard will saddle Accredited Texas-bred and 3/1 favorite Ivan Fallunovalot (Valid Expectations – Flashdance Missy) in a field of eight for Saturday’s $125,000 Hot Springs Stakes for 4-year-olds and up going 6 furlongs. Bred by Eileen Hartis, the gelding runs for Lewis Mathews Jr. and boasts a career record of 25-15-3-1 with earnings in excess of $800,000.

The final four days of the 2016 Thoroughbred meet at Sam Houston Race Park feature a total of seven stakes restricted to Accredited Texas-bred horses, each with a purse of $50,000.

The Bara Lass Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and the San Jacinto Turf Stakes for fillies and mares, 4-year-old and up will be contested on Friday evening.

The Bara Lass has a field of six going 6 furlongs, starting with Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s stakes-placed homebred Kat’s Infatuation (Silver City – Red Thread), listed as the 1/1 favorite.  Bret Calhoun trains the 1/1 favorite who finished second in the $65,000 Two Altazano division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes on February 18. 

Calhoun will also saddle 4/1 Gold Shock (My Golden Song – Shocktime), bred by Clarence Scharbauer III and owned by Douglas Scharbauer.

Completing the field are Bixie (Beta Capo – Dixie Duces), Mighty Ferrari (Special Rate – Hermighty), Cat’s Kitten (Early Flyer – The Cat Who) and Miss Photo (Light Up the Score – Miss Photogenic.

Multiple stakes winner More Than Most (Indygo Mountain – Better Than Most) is the 3/5 favorite in a competitive field of nine in the San Jacinto Turf Stakes going a mile and a sixteenth. Calhoun will saddle the 4-year-old for owner Douglas Scharbauer.

T. R. Hurley will send out 9/2 Soul Affair (Grasshopper – Mimi’s Affair) for owner/breeder Century Acres Farm. The filly won by an impressive 6 ½ lengths in a mile and 70 yard allowance race on January 27 at Houston.

Completing the field are Special Rockstar (Special Rate – Buckstar), Pa Loli (Silent Picture – La Poli), K One Spirit (K One King – Crook’s Spirit), Gentle Secret (Gentlemen (ARG) – Frosty Secretary), Indygo Rocket (Indygo Mountain – Rockin Regent), Texas Belle (Angliana – Inthemiddleofitall), and Dagny (Scrimshaw – Shezamarkedword).

On Saturday, the Yellow Rose Stakes for fillies and mares, 4-years-old and up going 6 furlongs has a full field of 10.  The 5/2 favorite is stakes placed Prada’s Bling (Too Much Bling – Kimbell’s Prada), bred by Hall’s Family Trust and running for trainer Karl Broberg’s End Zone Athletics, Inc.

Danny Pish will saddle Dan and Joyce McGough’s multiple stakes winner My Master Plan (Oratory – One O Seven), who has odds of 3/1.

Rounding out the field are Expect to Fly (Early Flyer – Martys Expectation); Jolie Mon (Too Much Bling – Julie Mon); Ruby Rumba (Too Much Bling – Expectant Diva); Zippit E (My Golden Song  – Final Trick); Johnlouisclassical (Valid Expectations – Kristy’s Regency); Valid Mistress (Valid Expectations – Groom’s Mistress); Bling’s Ace (Too Much Bling – Castelli’s Ace); and Valid Bride (Valid Expectations – Cancel the Wedding). 

The Richard King Turf Stakes for 4-year-olds and up going a mile and 1/8 boasts a full field of ten, headed by Steve Asmussen’s multiple stakes winner Magna Breeze (Magna Graduate – Flashbulb Breeze) at 3/1.  Bred by Joanne Schapiro, the 7-year-old gelding won the Houston Turf Stakes on February 11 by 3 lengths.

Danny Pish will send out Macassar Corporation’s homebred stakes winner Can’t Be Wrong (Broken Vow – Running Dispute).  The 4-year-old gelding won the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Retama Park in October last year, and has odds of 4/1.

The remainder of the field includes Gottherightonebaby (Sing Baby Sing – Foxy Jill); Special Praise (River Squall – With Praise); Early Ride (Early Flyer – Miss My Ride); Bonjour Baby (Sing Baby Sing – Secret Sweep); P Millers Clock (Etesaal – Class Approval); Sing It Up (sing Baby Sing – Undeclared); Preacher Preacher (Preachinatthebar – Smart Doll); and Mav Master (Mizzen Mast – Annie Savoy).

On Monday, March 13, the Groovy Stakes for 3-year-olds and the Spirit of Texas Stakes for 4-year-olds and up, both going 6 furlongs are slated at the 6th and 7th races, respectively.

The Groovy has a field of six, all of whom ran in the Jim’s Orbit division of the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes on February 18th.

The 6 ½ length winner of that race, Rumpole (Too Much Bling – Dehere’s Dream), will be saddled by Bob Young for owner/breeder Fletcher Properties Inc.  He is the 3/5 favorite.

Finishing second in the Jim’s Orbit was Contrarytoordinary (Valid Expectations – Frieda Frau), bred by trainer Danny Pish, who owns the colt in partnership with Dennis Foster.  He has been given odds of 4/1. 

Completing the field are My Expectations (Valid Expectations – My Girl Bess); Shaded (Too Much Bling – Fast Find); Imma Wild Bling (Too Much Bling – Imma Be a Wildcat) and Too Much Gone (Too Much Bling – Going Away Baby).

Trainer Bret Calhoun will saddle two of the nine going postward in the Spirit of Texas, starting with Victoria Ashford’s homebred 2/1 favorite Bravura (Early Flyer – Coryphee), who was 2nd in the Sam Houston Sprint Cup.  His other entry is 5/2 is Supermason (Grasshopper – Folksy), bred in partnership by W. S. Farish and now owned by Brad Grady.

Completing the field are Meme Jo (Too Much Bling – Honey Gold); Valid Nick (Valid Expectations – Sahara Princess); A M Milky Way (Elusive Bluff – Actress E); Solar Charge (Authenticate – Another Sunlit); Reflector (Ready’s Image – Passionate Dancer), and Turn Up the Lights (Touch Tone – Thunderforafantasy).

The Star of Texas will be the final stakes of the meet on Tuesday, March 14 with a short field of five going one mile.  The 2/1 favorite is graded stakes placed F J Uncle Vic (Uncle Abbie – Let Her Reign), bred by Mr. and Mrs. Frank Prifitera.  Terry Eoff trains the 6-year-old gelding that he owns in partnership with Johnny Evans.

Henry Witt Jr.’s homebred graded stakes placed Witt Six (Drums of Thunder – Taitt Hill) has won several stakes in Canada, and has odds of 3/1. Amanda Barton is the trainer.

Buck Fifty (Proud Citizen – Nicholella); Lonesome Wind (Grasshopper – Dehere’s Dream); and stakes placed Spider’s Alibi (Lookin at Lucky – Golden Missile) complete the field.

The Jockey Club announced that the 2017 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 state, national and international 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 2017 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: The Jockey Club reported that analysis of data from the Equine Injury Database (EID) shows a reduction in the fatal injury rate for a fourth consecutive year and 23% drop since 2009…Thank you to Sam Houston Race Park for working with The Paddock Foundation on last Saturday’s successful Roses to Ribbons event, with 10 of 27 Thoroughbreds finding a new home that day…There will be a Celebration of Life event honoring Terry Blanton at Lone Star Park on Saturday, March 25 from 1 – 4pm…The next TTA Board of Directors meeting will be at 5pm on Monday, April 3 at Lone Star Park.