04/11/2013 3:53PM

Lone Star: Cowgirl N Up brings sharp sprint form into JEH Stallion Stakes


As on opening night at Lone Star Park on Thursday, Texas-breds are showcased in stakes Saturday. And the race spotlight shines brightest on Cowgirl N Up.

A stakes winner at age 2, 3, and 4, Cowgirl N Up has developed into arguably the top female Texas-bred sprinter in training heading into the $50,000 JEH Stallion Stakes.

After winning the Yellow Rose Stakes for Texas-bred fillies to begin her year at Sam Houston, Cowgirl N Up ran second to Solar Charge, an accomplished older male, in the five-furlong Bucharest at Sam Houston on turf, and then ran a close third against an open field of rich optional claimers at Oaklawn last month when back on dirt.

The latter two performances earned her Beyer Speed Figures of 85 and 87 – numbers that if repeated in the JEH Stallion Stakes would likely put Cowgirl N Up in the winner’s circle.

The only thing she doesn’t do effectively is go long, having faded in each of her two attempts going two turns. But that is of little consequence Saturday racing 6 1/2 furlongs.

Jockey Larry Taylor, aboard for 7 of 8 races in 2012-2013, returns for trainer Jimmy Dodwell.

Lasting Bubbles has never raced in a stakes, but comes close to matching Cowgirl N Up in terms of Beyer Speed Figures. Her last-race figure, earned in whipping starter allowance horses in the slop at Oaklawn on April 4, resulted in an 86 Beyer. Earlier in the meet there, she won a first-level allowance with an 81 Beyer on a fast track.

Offsetting the move into stakes company Saturday is the fact Lasting Bubbles races against Texas-breds for the first time in her 11th career start.

Other contenders in the nine-horse field include stakes winners Patty’s Pride, the leading money earner with a bankroll of more than $250,000, and I’m a Bear, who beat Cowgirl N Up in a Texas Stallion Stakes going 1 1/16 miles at Lone Star last year.