Just eight days after being claimed for $10,000, Lillie Abbie pulled off a 12-1 upset in the $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares on Saturday at Lone Star Park. The race was named in honor of the generous donation by William S. Farish, who owns Lane’s End Texas near Hempstead, to the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund to provide scholarships to Texas Thoroughbred Association members.
Piloted by Junior Chacaltana for trainer Karl Broberg and owner End Zone Athletics Inc., Lillie Abbie prevailed by a nose as four Texas-breds nearly hit the wire together in the 7 ½-furlong turf contest. Lillie Abbie, a daughter of Uncle Abbie, clocked the distance in 1:30.60 and picked up three times her purchase price from barely a week earlier. Bred by Joe Carothers out of the Robin des Pins mare I’m a Pine, Lillie Abbie has compiled a career record of 24-6-4-4 with earnings of $119,629. The 5-year-old mare is having her best campaign yet with a mark of 7-3-2-1 this year and nearly $50,000 in earnings. Lillie Abbie’s sire Uncle Abbie, a Kingmambo stallion out a Seattle Slew mare, stands at Joe and Sharon Kerby’s Key Ranch near Salado, Texas.
Judy Peek’s homebred Lasting Bubbles, a Pulling Punches mare who was sent off as the favorite after winning the JEH Stallion Station Stakes last time out at Lone Star, finished second with Lindey Wade up for trainer Kevin Peek.
It was just a head back to third-place finisher Mescaleress, a Marquetry mare running for breeder Lynn Ellen. Shannon’ Phavorite finished a very close fourth and was followed by Smiles Golden Song, Perfect Meadow, Patty’s Pride, Shezararebird and Claudia’s Mingun.