News and Notes for May 12, 2016

The final races in the Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Texas Stallion Stakes Series for foals of 2013 going a mile will be contested at Lone Star Park on Sunday afternoon, each with a $75,000 purse.

In race number six, the Got Koko Division for fillies has drawn a field of seven Accredited Texas-breds, including Fleet Grey (Too Much Bling – Funny Tune), bred by W. S. Farish, owned by Clark Brewster and trained by Steve Asmussen.  The highest earner in the field, she won the filly division of the $93,720 TTA Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park in July and then took the Darby’s Daughter division of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes back in September at Retama Park. 

More Than Most (Indygo Mountain – Better Than Most) won the M2 Technology La Senorita Stakes at Retama Park last October.  Bret Calhoun will saddle the filly for owner Douglas Scharbauer.  She boasts earnings of $86,978.

Calhoun also has Zippit E (My Golden Song – Final Trick), a homebred for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch.

Charles Bradley Douglas’ homebred Easter Ellis (My Golden Song – Dance With Dana) is seeking to improve on her last out, when she finished third in the Two Altazano division of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Houston in February.  Trained by Ronnie Cravens, she also finished third in the $50,000 Bara Lass Stakes in January at Houston.

Completing the field are Dixie Flag Cat (Grasshopper – Charlie Fepp), a W. S. Farish homebred trained by Danny Pish, Cosmo Oasis (Grasshopper – Dehere’s Dream), a Fletcher Properties Inc. homebred trained by Bob Young, and Blingin’ Rose (Too Much Bling – Noelle), bred by Macassar Corp. and trained by Mindy Willis for owner Sonny Ellen.

Carded as the ninth race, a competitive field of eight Accredited Texas-breds will go forth in The Stymie division for colts and geldings, leading off with multiple-stakes-winner Texas Chrome (Grasshopper – Margarita mistress), who boasts a career record of 7-2-0-1 and $197,562 in earnings.  J. R. Caldwell will saddle the tenacious colt for owner Danny Keene.  Bred by Craig Upham, Texas Chrome was victorious in the $55,000 Governor’s Cup Stakes at Zia Park in October, the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park in August and the $111,000 colt/gelding division of the TTA Sales Futurity last July at Lone Star Park.  He finished third in his last out, the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn on April 15th.

Bret Calhoun will send out three in this race, including Ship Rock (Indygo Mountain – Pete’s
Five) and Better Than Magic (My Golden Song – Most Magic) for Douglas Scharbauer, and Golden Thread (My Golden Song – Red Thread), a homebred for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch. Better Than Magic was third in both the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Juvenile Stakes in August and the $75,000 Sunday Silence Stakes at Louisiana Downs in September.  He took second place in the $75,000 El Joven Stakes at Retama Park last October.

Bred by Fletcher Properties Inc, D. Shifflett (Valid Expectations – Smokin N Jokin) will be saddled by Mike Stidham for partners Steven Perlick, Feel the Thunder Stable & Haynes Stables LLC.

Completing the field are Jet Over (Jet Phone – Belle of the Band) runnng for Dr. Kenneth Sykes and trained by Joyce Salisbury; Grass Court (Grasshopper – Positive Spin) trained by Danny Pish for the partnership of Farish and Hudson; and Duca’s Bling (Too Much Bing – Foolish Girl), bred by Ed Few and trained by Ronnie Cravens for ELA Racing Stable.

Accredited Texas-bred Country Candy was one of the top sellers at the Texas 2-Year-Olds in Training Sale when the filly by Texas stallion Intimidator went for $65,000 from Asmussen Horse Center to Danny Keene, and the filly is starting to look like a bargain.  She broke her maiden by an easy 9 1/2 lengths for trainer J.R. Caldwell on last Friday at Lone Star Park.

Lone Star Park will change to a seven day entry schedule beginning with the start of Condition Book 3 which is slated to begin on Friday, June 3.

In switching from the current schedule to the seven day schedule, the first three days of Book 3 will actually be six days ahead of time.  From that point forward it will be seven days throughout the rest of the meet.

The first day of entries from Condition Book 3 will be taken on Saturday, May 28.  Be sure to watch closely for each entry day to avoid missing an entry due to the change over.

The deadline for accrediting Texas-foaled yearlings (foals of 2015) for the TTA member rate of $75 is a postmark, fax or email date of May 31, 2016.  The non-member fee to accredit foals of 2015 is $125.  Membership is $60 for a full year.  If you are not a TTA member or your membership has expired, you may pay the $60 to become a current member and then pay the $75 accreditation fee.  As of June 1, the accreditation fee goes up to $200 (members) or $250 (non-members).

Please note – a yearling nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes Series has not necessarily been accredited.  A list of 2015 foals nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes Series can be found at

A list of Accredited foals of 2015 can be found at

To verify membership status, please contact the TTA office at 512.458.6133.

NOTES: Best of luck to Accredited Texas-bred Chronologic’sghost (Parading – Platinum Streak) who is running in Saturday’s $50,000 Golden Poppy Stakes at Golden Gate Fields…Every Friday night in May is Money Machine Mania at Lone Star Park. Stop by the Courtyard of Champions to register for your chance to win.