10/14/2007 12:00AM

General Charley sets record in Hall of Fame

EmailSELMA, Texas - General Charley set a course record Saturday night at Retama Park when he ran a mile and a sixteenth on turf in 1:40.65 to capture the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes.

The race was one of six statebred stakes on a program that came after the inductions of Carl Nafzger and Preston Carter Jr. into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Purses for the stakes totaled $485,000 in what is annually the richest card of the meet at Retama.

General Charley ($5.60) settled about eight lengths off the pace while Haveuseenthelight raced through six furlongs in 1:09.69. General Charley advanced on the final turn, swung out in the stretch and was determined to the wire for a one-length win over 44-1 shot Bullet Crane.

"As soon as he saw the front he was gone," said Paul Nolan, who rode General Charley. "He knew what to do, so he took off."

General Charley's final time lowered the mark of 1:40.79 set by Fly Slama Jama in this race in 2003. Michael Stidham trains General Charley for Stonerside Stable. John Adger, racing manager for Stonerside, said General Charley would be pointed to $50,000 Richard King during the Texas Champions Day program at Sam Houston Race Park on Dec. 1.

Valid Lilly shortest-priced winner

Favorites won five of the six stakes, with Valid Lilly the shortest priced winner. She paid $3.60 following a 3 1/4-length score in the $125,000 Darby's Daughter division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Valid Lilly raced with Nowhere Jones through fractions of 21.64 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.88 for a half-mile before going on to cover the six furlongs for 2-year-old fillies in 1:11.29.

"We had a good trip," said Luis Quinonez, who was aboard Valid Lilly. "She broke, and second jump put me where I wanted to be.

"She did all the job. I was just a passenger."

Steve Asmussen trains Vail Lilly for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable. Earlier on the card, Heiligbrodt, Asmussen, and Quinonez teamed up to win the $45,000 Watson MacManus Memorial with Datrick($7.60). He was a neck winner of the five-furlong turf race when he held off a late bid from Shake a Lake.

Tempermental Miss in swift Selma

Temperamental Miss ($8) ran five furlongs on turf in a quick 55.64 seconds to win the $45,000 Selma for 3-year-old fillies. Wrenice, the 6-5 favorite in her turf debut, stumbled badly at the start and finished fourth. Temperamental Miss, meanwhile, was in control of the race through a half-mile in 43.68 seconds, and went on to win by three lengths. John Jacinto was aboard for trainer Pamela Simpson.

* Ferdinand's Flyer ($7.20) backed up his debut win last month with an 8 1/4-length win in the $125,000 My Dandy division of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings. Tony McNeil rode the winner for trainer Cheryl Asmussen.

* Durrymane ($7.20) made her first start in the Texas-bred ranks since March 2006 a memorable one, with a 3 1/4-length win over Jenz Benz in the $45,000 Fiesta Mile. Quincy Hamilton was aboard for trainer Bret Calhoun.

* AOntrack attendance was 3,717. Handle on the 10-race card from all sources was $1,069,850.