02/19/2012 11:32AM

Sam Houston: Color Code continues hot hand for Asmussen, Chapa in Two Altazano

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Color Code, ridden by Roman Chapa, coasts to a four-length win in the Two Altazano.

Trainer Steve Asmussen and jockey Roman Chapa have been on a stakes tear at Sam Houston Race Park. They have won three stakes at the Houston track over the last three weekends, capped by Color Code’s front-running score in Saturday night’s $100,000 Two Altazano.

The Two Altazano, a one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies, is part of the Texas Stallion Stakes series. The $100,000 Jim’s Orbit for colts and geldings shared a card with the race, with Defiant Flyer running down the field to win, paying $25.20.

Color Code ($7.60) led throughout, setting fractions of 24.04 for the opening quarter and 48.06 for the half-mile. She then powered home by four lengths over Nothinbettertodo, covering the distance on a track rated good in 1:39.93.

“The filly just broke out in front and really relaxed for me,” Chapa said.

Color Code races for Will S. Farish.

Asmussen and Chapa teamed earlier this month to win the $75,000 Champion Energy Services with Great Mills and the $50,000 Jersey Lily with Pleasantly Blessed.

Defiant Flyer rallied to win the Jim’s Orbit by 1 ¾ lengths over Boca Bay. Sword Trick was third. Defiant Flyer covered the mile in 1:39.94. Jesse Campbell came in from Hawthorne to ride for trainer Liane P. Davis.

“Liane said this horse will get the distance,” Campbell said. “That’s the reason I flew in for the race. That’s why we came.”

Defiant Flyer races for Double D. Stables.