07/10/2016 8:58AM

Trainer Calhoun notches 250th stakes win with Supermason's triumph in Assault

Barbara D. Livingston
Bret Calhoun had three stakes winners on Saturday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Supermason closed out a super Saturday for Bret Calhoun when he gave the trainer his 250th career stakes victory in the $50,000 Assault at Lone Star Park. Supermason was Calhoun’s third stakes winner on the day, behind Fish Trappe Road in the Grade 3 $500,000 Dwyer at Belmont Park and Promise Me Silver in the $50,000 Valor Farm at Lone Star Park.

The Assault and Valor Farm were part of the annual Stars of Texas card at Lone Star. There were four restricted stakes on the program; the races were worth a cumulative $300,000.

“It’s always been a day that we’ve targeted,” Calhoun said.

Supermason ($3.60) set the pace in the one-mile Assault, taking the field through fractions of 23.79 seconds for the opening quarter, 46.59 for the half-mile and 1:11.08 for six furlongs. In the stretch, he held off the closing charge of Spider’s Alibi for a length and a quarter win. It was another three-quarters of a length back in third to Texas Air.

“Coming out of the gates, he kind of left a little tardy, and I kind of got him on his feet again,” winning rider C.J. McMahon said. “The more you pull on him the faster he goes. I was just trying to be a good passenger and stay out of his way.”

The Assault win was one of four on the card for the team of Calhoun and C.J. McMahon. They accounted for the $50,000 Valor Farm, won by seven lengths by Promise Me Silver ($2.40). She set fractions of 23.01 seconds for the opening quarter and 46.07 for the half-mile before going on to cover the six furlongs for fillies and mares in 1:10.28.

“She’s a phenomenal filly and I’m happy to be part of the Calhoun team and I thank the owners and most of all, I thank God,” said McMahon, who leads the standings at Lone Star.

Promise Me Silver is a daughter of Silver City, who races for her breeders, Robert and Myrna Luttrell.

Supermason is a son of Grasshopper, owned by Brad Grady. Grady said he was tickled to see Calhoun, who is a native of Grand Prairie, Texas, get the milestone stakes win with a horse he owns. 

“That’s a pretty neat deal and I’m blessed to be a part of that,” Grady said.

Calhoun has had 1,474 stakes starters; those horses have earned a collective $22 million, according to Daily Racing Form records. Of his stakes wins, 25 have come in graded races, including a pair of Breeders’ Cup victories with Chamberlain Bridge and Dubai Majesty. Calhoun won the first race of his career on April 22, 1994, at the now-shuttered Trinity Meadows in Willow Park, Texas.

In the $93,903 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, Bling On the Music ($4.20) drew out to an 8 1/2-length win over Gold Shock. Luis Quinonez was aboard the winner for Keene Thoroughbreds and trainer J.R. Caldwell. It was one of four wins on the card for Quinonez. Bling On the Music’s time for five furlongs on a fast track was 58.11 seconds, which was quicker than the colt and geldings division two races later at Lone Star.

Boomer’s Boy finished first in the $90,248 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity, but was placed fifth on a disqualification. The move elevated runner-up Shaded to first; he paid $3 to win. Boomer’s Boy covered the five furlongs in 59.75, after finishing a head in front of Shaded. Iram Diego rode Shaded for Clark Brewster and trainer Steve Asmussen.

Bling On the Music and Shaded are by Too Much Bling. Both horses were bred in Texas by Will Farish. Farish also bred Supermason in partnership with E.J. Hudson Irrevocable Trust.

Handle on the 9-race card from all sources was $789,891, according to figures from Lone Star. The attendance on track was 5,962.