02/15/2007 12:00AM

Wide trip likely for Power Surge


Power Surge won a stakes in his two-turn debut last month, and on Saturday night is well spotted to take another when he meets chief rival Daddy Warbucks in the $125,000 Jim's Orbit division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

The one-mile race for 3-year-olds is restricted to the offspring of nominated stallions, and it is one of two such stakes on the card. Stage Stop and Wrenice will meet in the $125,000 Two Altazano, which is the 3-year-old fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Power Surge tried two turns for the first time in the $75,000 Gentilly at Fair Grounds in his last start, Jan. 20. He was prominent throughout, and won the 1 1/16-mile race for Louisiana-breds by 1 1/2 lengths. For the Jim's Orbit, Power Surge will break from post 11. There are good and bad points about the wide draw, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun.

"He probably likes to be outside of horses, I just didn't want him that far outside," said Calhoun. "I haven't seen how the race sets up. We don't necessarily have to be on the lead, but going two turns, I'm sure he'll be up in the race. I just don't want to get hung too far, that's all."

Power Surge was purchased at auction as a yearling, and part of his appeal was that he was eligible not only for Louisiana-bred races, but also for the Texas Stallion Stakes series, said Calhoun. Carl Moore purchased the colt for $11,500, and he has won 3 of 9 starts and $149,500. He will be ridden by Jamie Theriot.

Daddy Warbucks has won stakes in his last two starts, his latest around two turns in the $48,000 Triple Sec at 6 1/2 furlongs at Delta Downs on Jan. 26. Before that race, he won the $50,000 Groovy at seven furlongs at Sam Houston. Trainer Danny Pish has given the mount to Quincy Hamilton.

Wrenice comes off rare loss

Wrenice, who had won five straight races before finishing a troubled second in the $48,000 Genesis at Delta on Jan. 26, will have to hold off Stage Stop to win the Two Altazano. The fillies will start as the top choices in the one-mile race, which drew 12.

Stage Stop closed from 10th to finish third in the $100,000 Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds in her last start, on Jan. 13. Tony McNeil has the mount for trainer Cheryl Asmussen.

Bobby Walker Jr. will ride Wrenice for trainer Randy Mayfield.