Retama Park on Saturday night held two divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds, and both resulted in the first stakes victories for some promising Texas-breds.
In the $75,000 Darby’s Daughter division for fillies, Tom Durant’s homebred Forever Since prevailed in a close finish with favored Bakken Baby. Both horses were coming out of the E.L. Gaylord Memorial Stakes at Remington Park, where Bakken Baby had finished second and a length in front of third-place finisher Forever Since. This time around, Forever Since turned the tables as she won by a head in a time of 1:13.02 for six furlongs. Gerardo Mora rode the daughter of Supreme Cat for trainer Jack Bruner.
Forever Since improved her record to 5-2-1-1 with earnings of $72,113. The well traveled runner began her career with a fourth-place finish at Lone Star Park and then finished second against maidens at Remington before finding the winner’s circle at Zia Park. Forever Since’s sire, Supreme Cat, stood the 2013 breeding season at Lane’s End Texas.
Larry Huntsinger and Phil Head’s homebred Bakken Baby, a daughter of former Lane’s End Texas resident and all-time leading Texas stallion Valid Expectations, finished a game second with Junior Chacaltana riding for trainer Michael Franklin. The filly has hit the board in all seven of her starts with earnings of $85,287.
Anjo Racing Inc.’s Thegirlinthatsong, winner of the $100,000 Happy Ticket Stakes on the turf at Louisiana Downs, closed well for third and the daughter of Valor Farm stallion My Golden Song boosted her bankroll to $97,060.
In the $75,000 My Dandy division for colts and geldings, the progeny of Valor Farm stallion Early Flyer completed the exacta as Time Iz Flyin rolled to a six-length victory over Circustown Flyer. A $40,000 graduate of the Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer yearling sale, Time Iz Flyin stopped the timer at 1:12.27 with Bryan McNeil up for trainer Allen Milligan. The colt runs for Danny Keene and was bred by Valor Farm’s owner Clarence Scharbauer Jr.
Time Iz Flyin broke his maiden at first asking by 12 ¾ lengths at Lone Star and went on to finish second in the TTA Sales Futurity and third in the Clever Trevor Stakes. This win improved his record to 8-2-2-1 with earnings of $95,229. Time Iz Flyin became the 15th stakes winner sired by Early Flyer, who is closing in on lifetime progeny earnings of $6 million.
Phil Louis Adams’ Circustown Flyer, who defeated Time Iz Flyin in the TTA Sales Futurity and led a trifecta sweep for Early Flyer runners in that race, got up to finish second with Lindey Wade aboard for trainer Bret Calhoun. The $18,000 Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale graduate was also bred by Scharbauer.
Terry Eoff and Johnny Evans’ F J Uncle Vic, a son of Key Ranch stallion Uncle Abbie, took third. The colt broke his maiden two starts back at Retama and in his previous start finished a close fourth in the El Joven Stakes on the grass.