07/14/2010 5:33PM

Bubbler, stakes winner, injured and retired


Bubbler, who in the last six months has won stakes at Fair Grounds, Lone Star Park and Sam Houston, has been retired, said her trainer, Bret Calhoun. She recently injured her hock while being freshened on a farm. Calhoun said plans are to offer Bubbler as a broodmare prospect in a November auction in Kentucky.

“She was a fun filly,” said Calhoun, who trained Bubbler for Du-Zee Stables. “She was very, very consistent. She won going short, long, on dirt, turf. She was very talented.”

Bubbler won four stakes in her nine-race career, for earnings of $211,622. In her most recent start, she was third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star on May 31.

“We were freshening her at a farm, getting her out of the heat a little bit,” Calhoun said. “She kicked something playing, and ruptured a ligament in her hock. It happened a few weeks ago.”

Bubbler, who is 4, won her career debut at Remington last September. She made her stakes debut a few starts later, and won the $100,000 Gallery Furniture Distaff at Sam Houston on Dec. 5. Bubbler then accounted for the $57,000 Krantz Memorial, an off-the-turf route at Fair Grounds in January, the $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff in March and the $50,000 Irving Distaff on turf at Lone Star in April.

“She did a lot in a short period of time,” Calhoun said. “She started off running in those stakes pretty inexperienced, and moved up the ladder pretty easily. Horses like her don’t come along often.”

Bubbler is by Distorted Humor and her dam, Grechelle, is from the female family of multiple Grade 1 winner Meadow Star.

Leggett remains in ICU

Jockey Tad Leggett, who on July 2 underwent a nine-hour surgery for spinal injuries sustained in a spill at Fair Meadows, remains in the intensive care unit at St. John’s in Tulsa, said his agent, Cynthia Smith. Leggett was injured on June 30, when thrown from his mount after the wire in a race. The horse subsequently fell on Leggett, and he sustained a cervical, or upper, spine injury, and fractured a vertebra.

“The surgery went very well,” Smith said. “It went as the doctors planned. But he’s still in ICU. It’s just going to take time.”

Leggett, 45, was listed in critical condition on Friday.

Smith said on Saturday night, July 10, an auction was to be held at Fair Meadows to benefit Leggett. She said other fund-raisers are being planned for August, at Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa, and at Prairie Meadows in Iowa.,

“They’re much needed,” said Smith.

Smokin Again sprinting again

Smokin Again will be turning back from two turns to about five furlongs Sunday at Louisiana Downs in the eighth, a $35,000 optional claimer for fillies and mares has third-level allowance conditions. It will be run at about five furlongs on the turf.

Smokin Again is 2 for 6 over the local course, with one of those wins coming at a mile and the other at five-eighths in the $50,000 Princess in 2008. In her most recent start, Smokin Again was fifth in a $50,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf May 23.

Iram Diego has the mount for trainer Charlie Hukill.

◗ A charity softball game between the Lone Star jockey colony and track employees has been rescheduled for Monday, July 12. The event, which benefits the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund, has been rained out twice. The game is at 7:30 p.m. at the ball park across from Lone Star. The suggested admission donation is $5.

◗ Lone Star drew 49,205 patrons during a four-day period earlier this month when it featured a fireworks program after the races on both Saturday and Sunday. The July 4 crowd was 26,677.