05/15/2016 9:20PM

Texas Chrome much the best in Texas Stallion Stakes


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Texas Chrome made a statement in his two-turn debut Sunday at Lone Star Park, where he cruised to a 10 1/2- length win in the $75,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

The one-mile race for 3-year-olds by eligible stallions shared a card with the $75,000 fillies division that More Than Most won by 7 1/4 lengths over stablemate Zippit E. Both horses are trained by Bret Calhoun, who has now won the fillies division five times dating back to 2007.

Texas Chrome ($3.40) picked up the fourth stakes win of his career. He was content to track the pace in third, running in the clear down the backstretch while sitting off an opening half-mile in 49.54 seconds. He took the lead through six furlongs in 1:14.55 and in the stretch separated himself from his rivals to cover the distance on a fast track in 1:39.64.

Iram Diego was aboard for trainer J.R. Caldwell.

“He relaxed,” Diego said. “[Caldwell] gave me some good instructions. ‘Just break and sit.’ He’s a nice horse. We knew he was going to be tough the way he’s been working. He’s been doing things so easy.”

Caldwell agreed. 

“Anything I called on him and asked him to do, he’s just done it,” Caldwell said. “He’s such a classy horse.”

Danny Keene owns Texas Chrome and said plans are to be determined for the horse, who is now 3 for 3 at his base at Lone Star. 

“We couldn’t be happier with him,” Keene said. “We’ll just have to sit back and look and see where we’re going with him, what we’re going to do.”

Grass Court finished second to Texas Chrome, while it was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Ship Rock.

Texas Chrome has now won 5 of 8 starts. He earned $45,000 for the win Sunday to push his career earnings to $242,562. Texas Chrome is a son of Grasshopper.

More Than Most ($3.40) tracked the pace in the fillies division, took over through six furlongs in 1:13.89, and rolled home. She covered the mile on a fast track in 1:39.21. She was winning the second stakes race of her career, behind last year’s La Senorita on turf at Retama Park.

C.J. McMahon was aboard More Than Most for owner and breeder Doug Scharbauer.

“I think she’s got a lot of potential,” said Scharbauer. “She’s a nice 3-year-old filly, really doing things well. One of the things I like about her, she’s Texas-bred.”

More Than Most was bred by Scharbauer’s late father, Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

More Than Most is a daughter of Indygo Mountain. She has now won 3 of 10 starts and $131,978.

Supermason sets turf course record

Supermason ($3.80) set a course record for 7 1/2 furlongs on turf when he won the seventh race in 1:26.93. It was an optional $25,000 claimer run on firm ground. McMahon was aboard for Brad Grady and trainer Bret Calhoun. The previous mark of 1:27.63 was set by Gaelico in 2014, according to officials with Lone Star.