04/17/2008 12:00AM

Moneyinmywranglers, Valid Lil streaks tested


Moneyinmywranglers and Valid Lil have never tasted defeat at Lone Star Park, each going 4 for 4 there in 2007. Come Saturday, one, if not both, will no longer be perfect there.

The two stakes-winning fillies have their first head-to-head Lone Star meeting Saturday in the $50,000 JEH Stallion Stakes, a 6 1/2-furlong sprint for Texas-bred fillies and mares that drew five others, including Stealth Cat and Annie Savoy, two more stakes winners.

Although beaten by Moneyinmywranglers in the seven-furlong Mission Stakes at Sam Houston on March 15, Valid Lil seems likely to start as the favorite, in part because of how dominant she was over this track last year.

In going 4 for 4 at Lone Star, races that began her career, she won by a combined margin of 24 3/4 lengths, three times earning Beyer Speed Figures between 89 and 91.

She appeared destined for bigger things, and she was. Later in the year, she won the New Braunfels and Ada Stakes, open stakes races at Retama and Remington Park, respectively.

She has been at less than her best over her last three starts, however. She has not run as quickly, nor has she won.

She ran fourth behind Annie Savoy, Stealth Cat and Moneyinmywranglers in the Yellow Rose Stakes at Sam Houston on Dec. 1; she finished a distant third behind Tres Dream in the Esplanade Stakes at Fair Grounds on Dec. 22; and then was second, beaten a half-length by Moneyinmywranglers, in the March 15 Mission Stakes at Sam Houston.

The latter race marked a comeback race off a layoff, as it did for Moneyinmywranglers.

Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount on Valid Lil, who Bret Calhoun trains for Circustown Stables.

Moneyinmywranglers, who kicked off her 4-for-4 season at Lone Star last year by winning a $30,000 claimer, has finished in front of Valid Lil in their two head-to-head matchups.

Her success in the Mission Stakes results in her carrying high weight of 123 pounds, spotting Valid Lil seven pounds, Stealth Cat five pounds, and Annie Savoy three pounds.

When she edged Valid Lil in the Mission Stakes, both carried 118 pounds.

Annie Savoy looms the greatest threat to Valid Lil and Moneyinmywranglers, having beaten them already in the Yellow Rose on Dec. 1. Her fastest performances have come away from Lone Star, however, with her top local Beyer being a 79. Elsewhere, she has occasionally run Beyers in the mid 80s.