10/19/2014 8:42AM

Magna Breeze caps homecoming with first stakes win in Texas Hall of Fame

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Magna Breeze returned home Saturday to Texas and won his first stakes in the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes at Retama Park.

Magna Breeze returned to his homestate of Texas on Saturday night and became a stakes winner when he held off Fly the Red Eye by a neck in the $50,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes. The race was one of two stakes on the card. Expect Royalty delivered as the 3-5 favorite in the $50,000 Fiesta Mile.

The stakes, both turf routes for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas, complemented the night’s inductions into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame located at Retama Park. The 2014 class is made up of Joe McDermott, Cecil Perkins, Art Preston, the late Dr. Jerry Rheudasil, and the late Leo Wood. 

Magna Breeze ($4.80), who invaded off a starter allowance win at Indiana Grand, was content early to track the defending champ and pacesetter Special U F O. On the final turn, the eventual winner went after the leader, overtook him into the stretch, and held off a surging Fly the Red Eye to win in a photo. Magna Breeze covered the 1 1/16 miles on firm turf in a hand-timed 1:41.60.

Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez was aboard for William Butler and trainer Mike Maker. It was the second stakes win at the meet for Maker, who is now 2 for 2 at Retama after winning last weekend’s $100,000 La Senorita with Right On Kitten.

Magna Breeze, a 4-year-old son of Magna Graduate, was bred by Joanne Schapiro. He now has won 6 of 16 starts and $112,324.

Texas Air and Pagador were scratched from the Hall of Fame.

Expect Royalty ($3.40) rallied from off the pace for a one-length win over the pacesetter Delmersmiracle in the Fiesta Mile, which was restricted to fillies and mares. Expect Royalty sat in sixth early, as Delmersmiracle was clear through six furlongs in 1:11.60. Expect Royalty moved past the leader in the final furlong and covered the distance on firm turf in 1:36.23.

Iram Diego was aboard for Leroy Pollock, who bred, owns, and trains the 4-year-old daughter of Valid Expectations. Expect Royalty was winning her first stakes race in the Fiesta Mile. Overall, she is a winner of 5 of 11 starts and $93,880.