BURNING FANCY and A LADYS MAN Triumph in Arabian Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park
Texas Yellow Rose (G2) & Texas Six Shooter (G2)
Friday, March 12, 2010 - The weekend celebration of the Darley Awards, the Arabian racing industry's version of the Eclipse Awards, kicked off tonight at Sam Houston Race Park with two stakes races.
The colts competed in the evening's first event, the $41,800 Texas Six Shooter. It was a commanding performance by A Ladys Man, who despite not having a race since October 26 lived up to his post-time favorite billing. Trained by Lynn Ashby and ridden by William Hollick, the 4-year-old colt remained undefeated, adding his fourth career win. He dueled with stablemate Full of Fiesta, but dug in gamely as he crossed the wire of the seven-furlong stakes in 1:34.67 for Cre Run Enterprises LLC. This is his second stakes win, as he was also victorious in the Delaware Park Arabian Juvenile Championship Stake.
"He's as game as they come," stated Hollick, who had three wins on the card that night. "He was a little short coming into the race, but Lynn did a great job getting him ready. He has a heart as big as Texas."
Bred in Virginia by Deborah Mihaloff and Alan Kirshner, the chestnut colt is the son of Nivour De Cardonne, who sired 2009 Yellow Rose champion, A Second Wind. Nivour De Cardonne is also sire of the 2nd place finisher in the Texas Six Shooter, Full Of Fiesta, also bred by Mihaloff and Kirshner and owned by Cre Run. Mihaloff was in the winner's circle accepting the trophy and was clearly proud of her homebreds.
"We are blessed that Shadwell has allowed us to stand the sire of A Ladys Man and Full of Fiesta," said Mihaloff. "It was a wonderful race and we love being in Texas. This track has been very good to us."
Chriss Swa, Macho Maury, Royales Dare, Tuscarora John, Opening Act, A Sargent General and Cholly Roger Swa completed the order of finish. Mikeadors Jules was an early scratch. A Ladys Man earned $20,850 for tonight’s stakes win.
Seven fillies competed in the $35,600 Yellow Rose, with Burning Fancy winning her sixth consecutive race in impressive fashion. The four-year-old daughter of Burning Sand is owned by Marvin Powell of Denver, Colorado and ridden to victory by William Hollick, who took over for Kelsi Purcell, who is recovering from back surgery following a spill on February 13 at Sunland Park.
Burning Fancy made her career debut last July at Delaware Park and has been on fire with seven wins from nine starts. Tonight’s win was her fourth stakes victory, and she did so in her usual fashion, breaking well, taking the early lead and leaving the rest of the field well behind. She drew off by 14 lengths this evening, covering seven furlongs in 1:34.21. She was so far ahead in the stretch, jockey Hollick began petting her in the final furlong as he guided her across the finish line.
Trainer Jerry Partin sent his best wishes to Purcell, who hopes to return to the saddle in May. He was thrilled with the effort of Burning Fancy, who had not raced since December 12.
"She's been off for three months, and we didn't know how much we lost," said Partin. "But it looked like we didn't lose anything. We had a real pro in William Hollick."
Bred in Florida by Arnold and Gail Bardin, Burning Fancy improved her career record to seven wins from nine starts and picked up a check for $17,800 tonight. My Hemi Magnum, with Eguard Tejera aboard, ran second, followed by All Masquerade, Brulante, Kador N Braebrae and Ella MHF.
Partin indicated that Burning Fancy would likely make her next start at Arapahoe Park in Colorado.
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