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Lone Star Futurities, 2006

Above, Rolly Polly wins the filly division. Below, The Last Danse. Photos copyright Jack Coady

Sweep for Trackside Racing and Loren Nichols

(December 10, 2006 - Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, Texas) Two divisions of the Texas Arabian Futurity were run at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday, December 10. Seven Arabian colts and geldings were entered in the $21,000 Texas Arabian Futurity and The Last Danse ($3.40) lived up to his 3-5 post-time favorite billing as he drew off by five lengths. Trained by Loren Nichols and ridden for the first time by Roimes Chirinos, the Florida-bred colt crossed the wire of the six-furlong stakes in 1:19.45 for Trackside Racing. The Last Danse is half-brother to multiple-stakes winner, Tour de France.

“He’s a really nice colt,” commented Nichols. “Roimes rode him perfect. He did just what I wanted him to do. Anytime you can get clear of traffic, it’s an advantage. And the shortest distance to the winner’s circle is on the front. We’re going to give him a little break now, then we’ll bring him right back here in March. They have some racing in California, and I did that last year. But they just don’t get a chance to rest. This is our only colt, but we have three or four nice fillies we’re going to bring with him.”

Rolly Polly ($3.00) captured the filly division of the $23,800 Arabian stakes, which attracted a field of 11. Bred by Trackside Farm in Florida, Rolly Polly made the most of her first trip to Texas, drawing off to win by seven lengths under a confident ride from Chirinos.

“She’s done very well,” said Nichols. “She’s a true champion and should be champion 3-year-old filly of the year. We are going to pass up California; it’s just too hard on the horses. They need a break and have been training solid for a year, but we’ll be back here in March.”

Rolly Polly’s entrymate, Café Latte rallied for second and 18-1 Lulu Gamboo, trained by Lynnett Hershbell, completed the trifecta.

“Michelle (Morgan Of Mandolynn Hill Farm) is wonderful to train for,” said Hershbell. “She told me to take my time with this filly and shoot for this race. If you don’t run her, great. So that leaves me free rein. So we put her in cheap at Delaware because they’re not claiming there. Took her back and let her get experience weaving in and out of horses. It’s always nice to win, but we didn’t really care if we won those races because we were shooting for this. We put the blinkers on her tonight because she wants to look around. Billy (Hollick) said she was still looking around a little bit, and that probably cost us a length. But we just got outran. But I was happy that she stayed closer, and we just needed a little more oomph at the end. At Delaware she was making a nice move and then kind of flattening out at the sixteenth pole, and that’s kind of what she did tonight. But I think we’re still planning to go to California. Those top two fillies aren’t going, and it looks like she came out of the race tonight just fine.”

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