04/19/2004 11:00PM

Supah Blitz in for Texas Mile


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Supah Blitz is a Florida regular, but he's no stranger to Texas. On Tuesday morning he left his Calder Race Course base in Miami by van for Lone Star Park and Saturday's Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile.

The race will be his second start in Texas. In 2002, Supah Blitz ran second in the NTRA Great State Challenge Juvenile at Sam Houston Race Park.

Supah Blitz was scheduled to arrive at Lone Star on Wednesday morning. He comes into the Texas Mile on the heels of three strong races at Gulfstream Park.

"He runs as hard as he can every time," said his trainer, Manny Tortora. "His daddy was the same way."

Supah Blitz is a son of Mecke, a Grade 1 winner on dirt and turf who was trained by Tortora. In his last three starts, Supah Blitz has placed second in two allowance races, and was second, beaten a half-length by Newfoundland, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Skip Away on March 13.

Last year, Supah Blitz finished a troubled 13th in the Kentucky Derby. Overall, he has 4 wins and 10 seconds from 25 starts and earnings of $563,810.

One reason Tortora chose the Texas Mile for Supah Blitz was the distance of the race.

"I think a mile race is one of his better distances," he said.

Florida horses have had success in the Texas Mile. Sir Bear shipped from Miami to win the race in 2000.

Eddie Castro has the mount on Supah Blitz, who races for Bee Bee Stables and Jacqueline Tortora.

There were nine probables for the Texas Mile as of Tuesday, led by a trio of shippers from California: Snorter, to be ridden by David Flores; Kela, David Nuesch; and Taste of Paradise. Also on tap Saturday is the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds. There are 11 probables for the race, topped by Hi Teck Man, winner of the $500,000 WinStar Derby.

See How She Runs puts title on line

Some of the best filly and mare sprinters on the grounds will meet in the featured eighth race Thursday, a six-furlong allowance that should produce starters for the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes at Lone Star on May 31.

See How She Runs won that race last year and is on deck to defend her title, said her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. She will take on eight others in the allowance, including stakes winners Distinctive Code, Savorthetime, and Miss Photogenic.

See How She Runs last raced March 27, finishing a late-running third in the $50,000 Carousel Stakes at Oaklawn Park. This race will mark her third start back from a seven-month layoff. She worked three furlongs in 35.80 seconds Monday.

Don Pettinger has the mount for Pin Oak Stable.

Savorthetime made her last start at Fair Grounds, finishing second in the $75,000 Krantz Memorial. This past winter, she won the $35,000 San Felipe at Sam Houston over Eternal Cup, who went on to win two sprint stakes this spring at Oaklawn.

Lonnie Meche has the mount on Savorthetime, who will be making her first start for trainer Steve Asmussen on Thursday after being trained by Al Stall Jr.

Devout Sinner retired

Devout Sinner, who started her career at Lone Star before going on to win multiple stakes, has been retired because of a recurring foot injury. She was recently bred to Military, said her co-owner and trainer, Joan Charlton.

Devout Sinner won 8 of 25 starts and $241,740. A 6-year-old, her stakes wins included the Ada Handicap at Remington, as well as the Distaff at Sam Houston. She was also the only filly to run in the Oklahoma Derby. She finished fourth in the race in 2001.

Charlton owns Devout Sinner with Devout Sinner's breeder, Doug Wall, and they liked the cross with Military, a Grade 1-winning son of Danzig.

"With Devout's dam's side and Military's dam's side, we are stacking Ribot and also bringing in double crosses of Northern Dancer," said Charlton.

Charlton said Devout Sinner will be brought to Oklahoma after being bred, and the resulting foal will be an Oklahoma-bred. Devout Sinner is a past champion older mare in Oklahoma.

* John Ferrara has been named director of racing for the Texas Racing Commission. A steward for 14 years, Ferrara replaces Mike Burleson, who retired last year.