Updated on 09/17/2011 9:17PM

Supah Blitz begins quest for Texas stakes double


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Back in 2001, trainer Bill Morey called it the Texas two-step when he pulled a Texas Mile-Lone Star Park Handicap double with Dixie Dot Com. Supah Blitz could be going down that road this year. Saturday, he will go favored in the first half of the dance, the Grade 3, $300,000 at Lone Star Park.

The race is one of two major dirt stakes at the meet for older horses, the other being the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 30.

"We're going to kind of do one race at a time, but if he were to run well and came out of it well, it definitely would be awful tempting to just leave him there and run him back," said Doug O'Neill, who trains Supah Blitz.

Supah Blitz, a millionaire who was second in the Texas Mile a year ago for different connections, will face five others Saturday, including Yessirgen-eralsir, who is a threat to wire the field from his rail post, and Grade 3 winners Twilight Road and Snorter.

Supah Blitz will break from post 3 under Victor Espinoza, who was aboard last time when he was a three-length winner of the Grade 3 Tokyo City at Santa Anita on April 2. The race was a strong one for Supah Blitz, who was close throughout after settling farther off the pace in his prior races, a fifth in the $1 million Sunshine Millions Classic and an 11th in the Grade 1 Santa Anita Handicap.

"We put the blinkers on, worked him a little quick a few times, and it definitely seemed to be a good wake up call for him," O'Neill said.

O'Neill said several factors pointed to the Texas Mile for Supah Blitz. For one, his co-owners, Tom Kagele and his brother, Jerry Kagele, won the owner title last year at Lone Star. The timing was also good.

"It kind of fit in his schedule, and distance-wise it seems like it fit him perfect," O'Neill said. "So a lot of things kind of came together. We're hoping we can continue the Kagele-Texas luck that seems to be going on there."

Supah Blitz should get a nice stalking trip behind Yessirgeneralsir, whose biggest pace rival is High Strike Zone.

"He's a perfect kind of track and attack horse," O'Neill said, referring to Supah Blitz.

Twilight Road will also stalk. He rallied from three lengths back last out to finish second to Eurosilver in the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream Park on April 2. Trainer David Fawkes has given the mount to Phil Teator.