06/29/2009 11:00PM

Detour works out fine for My Spanx


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Mother Nature could be credited with an assist in My Spanx's win last Saturday in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Oaks. Scheduled to run in an allowance on turf at Arlington Park on June 19, the filly was scratched from the race and ended up in Texas.

"It rained for two days and we came off the grass at Arlington," said Allen Milligan, who trains My Spanx. "It turned out to be a good thing."

My Spanx found room along the inside late to get up for a neck win. It was the second stakes win for the filly, who as a 2-year-old won the $100,000 La Senorita at Retama Park. Milligan said the next major goal for My Spanx is at Arlington, in the $50,000 Hatoof. The overnight stakes is for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf on the Arlington Million undercard Aug. 8.

Milligan said he thinks the turf course in Chicago will suit My Spanx, who races for Poindexter Thoroughbreds. She kicked off a big weekend for Milligan, who won with all three starters Sunday at Louisiana Downs.

In addition to My Spanx, other quality runners in the barn include Elegante', who is being pointed for the $75,000 Assault for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas on July 11, and Light Lace, who is a candidate for the $50,000 Valor Farm for Texas-bred fillies and mares on the same card at Lone Star.

Milligan has divisions of his stable at Lone Star, Louisiana Downs, and Arlington. Earlier this year, he won the training title at Oaklawn Park.

Jockey dies at 24

Jockey Raymond Williams-Danylchuk, who won his first career race in Texas, died June 7 in a Tucson, Ariz., hospital. He was 24. Williams-Danylchuk, who had been diagnosed with an enlarged heart in December 2007, went into cardiac arrest, said his mother, Cheryl Danylchuk.

Williams-Danylchuk had been competing at a fair meet in Arizona and was planning to ride this summer at Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla., said his father, trainer David Danylchuk.

"I had five futurity horses he was coming up to ride for me," he said.

Williams-Danylchuk was born in Hanford, Calif., and took an interest in racing at an early age.

"I got him on his first horse when he was 3," said David Danylchuk. "I bought him a little pony. I told him riders don't fall off. After that, every chance he had he'd get on a horse."

Williams-Danylchuk galloped horses at Lone Star before registering his first career win at Retama on Aug. 26, 2001. He rode in a number of states, including West Virginia, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, while compiling a career record of 174 wins from 1,671 starts for mount earnings of $1.8 million.

Cheryl Danylchuk said her son wanted to continue his career after being diagnosed with an enlarged heart the day after Christmas in 2007.

"He came out of the races for a while, tried to do what the doctor said," said Cheryl Danylchuk. "But he did everything in his life with horses, and said, 'Mom, I'm going back to the horses.'

"He did what he loved."

Cheryl Danylchuk said her son had started complaining of pressure in his chest the week he went into the hospital.

A memorial service was held for him in Weatherford, Texas, as well as at Blue Ribbon Downs. He is survived by his parents, as well as four sisters.

Juveniles go long on turf

Lone Star will run a pair of 2-year-old maiden races at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf Thursday night. There are 11 set to run in the third race, while the fifth race has a full field of 12.

Catarusky, the fourth-place finisher in the $89,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, leads the third race, while there are a host of promising first-time starters in the fifth race. Among them are Golden Euro, a son of Eurosilver; Nocknonheavensgate, who is by Grand Reward; and Prince Eddington, a son of Eddington.

* Also on the card, Zanzibar, who was a Group 1 winner in his native Argentina in 2004, heads the eighth race, a $5,000 claimer over seven furlongs. A $3,000 claim back in April at Turf Paradise, he won that day then again for $4,000 in his next start, which came at Lone Star on June 5. Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount for trainer Justin Evans.