02/17/2011 3:44PM

Former teaser in Texas gains notice as stallion


Jet Phone has made the unlikely leap from teaser to commercial stallion after his lone starter, Aces N Kings, won the first five races of his career last year, including three stakes.

A 10-year-old son of Phone Trick, Jet Phone has entered stud at Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas, one of the state’s premier breeding operations. He will stand for a fee of $1,500.

“We’ve gotten a number of calls on him,” said Ken Carson, who manages Valor for Clarence Scharbauer Jr. “He is getting some play. He’s such a nice-looking horse, everybody who sees him falls in love with him.”

Ed Dodwell was a fan of Jet Phone long before Aces N Kings came along. He gave Jet Phone his early training at his family’s Diamond D Ranch in Lone Oak, Texas, in 2002. Five years later, Dodwell asked Carson if he could breed the multiple stakes-winning mare Pure Mischief to Jet Phone. The resulting foal was Aces N Kings.

“Ed always thought Jet Phone was an exceptional horse,” said Caroline Dodwell, who with her husband, Ed, bred the horse at Diamond D Ranch. “He was fast. The times that we worked him, the quick, little short breezes that he did do, he stopped the clock.”

Jet Phone won a maiden special weight at Hawthorne in his career debut as a 2-year-old in 2003. He would win two more overnight races between Lone Star Park and Remington Park before being retired with a tendon injury in 2005.

“He didn’t do enough to really stand him, but we liked him so much, we said, ‘We’ll just keep him and tease with him,’ ” Carson said. “And lo and behold, he got that runner.”

Carson said Aces N Kings is Jet Phone’s only Thoroughbred foal to go to the track, but that Jet Phone did cover five or six Thoroughbred mares in 2010.

Aces N Kings went 5 for 8 in his first season of racing and earned $170,928. Like his sire, Aces N Kings received his early training at Diamond D, where more than 130 stakes winners have been developed by the Dodwell family. Chief among them is Rachel Alexandra, the 2009 Horse of the Year, who was based at Diamond  D as a yearling and early 2-year-old.

Aces N Kings showed talent right from the start.

“Nothing worked as fast as this colt,” Caroline Dodwell said. “Early on, we knew he was fast, but until you get into battle, you don’t know if they’re a morning glory or not.”

It didn’t take Aces N Kings long to prove he was a racehorse. He showed up at Lone Star Park last April and won his career debut by more than six lengths. Aces N Kings proceeded to win a trial race for the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity and the $60,000 finale. He then shipped to Louisiana Downs and won a pair of turf stakes, the $50,000 Minstrel and the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo. Dodwell said Aces N Kings will probably focus on a turf campaign in 2011.

“He shows us that he prefers the grass,” she said.

Dodwell said the next probable start for Aces N Kings will come in the $60,000 Grindstone on turf at Fair Grounds on March 5 and that the major goal is to make the $200,000 Lone Star Derby, which will be run on turf May 30.

Pure Mischief will have another foal by Jet Phone in April. The Dodwells are also planning to send three mares to the stallion in 2011.