Updated on 09/17/2011 10:18PM

High Strike Zone takes Texas Mile

Lone Star Park
High Strike Zone wins the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile by 1 1/4 lengths at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - High Strike Zone was willing to stalk pacesetter Yessirgeneralsir early in the Grade 3, $300,000 and the tactics paid off late, when he overtook that one inside the final furlong and went on to a length and a quarter win over Supah Blitz on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Twilight Road closed for third, a length in front of fourth-place finisher Yessirgeneralsir. The Texas Mile was one of four stakes on the card, with purses for the races being $625,000.

High Strike Zone ($17.40) broke well and settled in third behind Yessirgeneralsir, who was up by a length through an opening quarter in 22.56 seconds. Yessirgeneralsir continued to lead through a half-mile in 45.24 and six furlongs in 1:09.08, while High Strike Zone advanced and overtook that one through the stretch to cover the one-mile in 1:35.34.

"The gameplan was kind of layoff of the speed then come running," said Ricky Faul, who rode High Strike Zone for trainer Amos Laborde.

Supah Blitz, the even-money favorite, prompted the pace along the rail for much of the Texas Mile.

"I got stuck down on the inside and the track is a little bit deep down there for him," said Victor Espinoza, who rode Supah Blitz.

High Strike Zone earned $185,000 for the win, which was his seventh from 24 starts. He has now earned $386,160, and overall has won three stakes. He gave Laborde his first graded stakes win from three career starters in graded stakes. Donald Erickson owns High Strike Zone, who came into the Texas Mile on the heels of a second-place finish in the $125,000 Gulf Coast Breeders' Cup Classic at Delta Downs on April 2.

High Strike Zone is a son of Smart Strike, and his dam, Danzig Island, produced $1.5 million yearling Historic, as well as stakes winner Secret Beauty.

Jazzy Gallop wins turf debut

Jazzy Gallop, who is stakes-placed on dirt, picked up the first stakes win of his career on turf when he edged stablemate Smooth Bid by a nose to win the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds. It was another length and a quarter back in third to Justa Red Bird.

Jazzy Gallop trailed the field in the early stages, as Won Away jumped out to the lead from the rail, and dueled through the opening half-mile in 47.40 seconds. Jazzy Gallop had just one horse beaten at the top of the stretch, but closed fast to get up for the win, covering the distance over a firm course in 1:36.37.

"It's very nice to see that he handles the turf," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Jazzy Gallop. "It gives him a lot of options."

Roman Chapa rode Jazzy Gallop for Bob and Cathy Zollars. The winner earned $45,000 to improve his record to three wins from 14 starts for earnings of $118,300.

* Asmussen won the $125,000 Got Koko division of the Texas Stallion Stakes for eligible 3-year-old fillies when Timber Jones ($15.60) overtook Rockin' Kate for a neck win in the final strides of the mile and a sixteenth race. Rockin' Kate held second, a length and a quarter in front of pacesetter Tizzy Girl.

Glen Murphy rode Timber Jones, who races for Asmussen's father, Keith Asmussen.

Earlier this year, Timber Jones won the $125,000 Two Altazano division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston.

* General Charley ($7.60) led throughout to win the $125,000 Stymie division of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds by three and a quarter lengths, covering the mile and a sixteenth distance in a sharp 1:41.76. Dixie Meister finished second, a neck in front of third-place finisher War Bridle.

General Charley broke well and was up by a length through an opening quarter in 23.12 seconds. He continued to lead the field uncontested through a half-mile in 46.83, and six furlongs in 1:10.57.

"He did it quick, but he did it easy," said Ted Gondron, who rode the winner for Stonerside and trainer Michael Stidham.

* Attendance on Saturday was 13,329, and handle on the 11-race card was $3,325,640.