02/17/2013 11:22AM

Sam Houston: Makeshift, Worldventurer win divisions of Texas Stallion Stakes

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Makeshift, ridden by Roman Chapa, scores by 2 1/2 lengths in the fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Makeshift became a stakes winner Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park, when she darted to a 2 1/2-length win over Tastefullyxcessive in the $75,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

The race was one of two stakes on the program. In the $75,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, Worldventurer picked off his third career stakes win, winning by a length over Memo Jo.

The races complemented the Texas Thoroughbred Association’s annual awards banquet that honored last year’s Texas-bred champions, including horse of the year Coyote Legend. The banquet was held at Sam Houston.

Makeshift ($6.40) stalked the pace set by Esscalator, got clear, and went on to cover the mile for 3-year-old fillies by eligible stallions in 1:40.04. Roman Chapa rode the winner for trainer Steve Asmussen.

“I had to wait to get the right opening,” said Chapa. “When I asked her to go she did it so easily. My filly really relaxed for me.”

Makeshift is a daughter of Texas Bling and she races for her breeder, W.S. Farish. She has now won 2 of 4 starts and $62,506.

Worldventurer validated his award as champion Texas-bred 2-year-old of 2012 with a smart win in the colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. He covered the mile for 3-year-olds by eligible stallions in 1:39.44. Cliff Berry was aboard for Wesley Melcher and trainer Bret Calhoun.

Worldventurer, a son of Wimbledon bred by Clarence Scharbauer  Jr., won a division of last year’s Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity and last month accounted for the Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston. The horse has now won 4 of 10 starts and $202,432.