05/20/2005 11:00PM

Rhome Magic wins JEH Stallion Station


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Rhome Magic led throughout for a neck win in the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Sheza Lucky Son'so rallied up the rail for second, but was disqualified for interference with Expectant Diva near the eighth pole and placed seventh. The action moved third-place finisher Hay Madison to second place, giving trainer Cole Norman a sweep of the top two spots in the JEH.

Rhome Magic ($21.40) jumped out to the lead at the start of the six and a half furlong race for Texas-bred fillies and mares, and dueled with Bridlestone through an opening quarter in 22.06 seconds. Rhome Magic shook that rival, and continued to lead the field through a half-mile in 44.62 seconds, and six furlongs in 1:09.20, before going on to cover the distance over a fast track in 1:15.67.

Justin Shepherd rode Rhome Magic for Dan White. The winner earned $30,000, and now has an overall record of five wins from 13 starts and earnings of $86,370. The JEH was the first stakes win for Rhome Magic, a 3-year-old daughter of Magic Cat.

Rockin' Kate, the fourth-place finisher in the JEH, was moved up to third as a result of the disqualification of Sheza Lucky Son'so.

The Norman-trained exacta of 8-7 returned $281.40.

* Jockey Glen Murphy was taken to Methodist Hospital in Dallas for observation on Saturday after his mount in the 10th race, Thatcher, jumped the temporary rail in the stretch of a seven and a half furlong turf allowance. Murphy was conscious and alert, and complained of pain in his right shoulder and right leg, said Darren Rogers, spokesman at Lone Star.