05/21/2008 12:00AM

Wind Water wins despite trouble


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Wind Water was moved into the Southwest region for the sprint stakes program and he accomplished his first goal at Lone Star Park on Friday night when he overcame a stumble at the start to win the $50,000 Ford Express by a head over Sing Baby Sing. It was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third to Orphan Brigade.

Wind Water ($4.20) recovered quickly after his shaky start and was up by 1 1/2 lengths through an opening quarter in 21.66 seconds. He proceeded to lead through a half-mile in 44.24, and in the final sixteenth fought off a surging Sing Baby Sing. Wind Water covered six furlongs in a meet-best time of 1:08.80.

“He’s pretty special,” said Ken Tohill, who is now a perfect 3-for-3 on Wind Water for trainer Chris Hartman.

Hartman said Wind Water could make his next start in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint on July 5. Adam R. Lewis owns Wind Water and moved him into this region from California. The gelding won his third straight race in the Ford Express, following wins in an allowance and the $50,000 Bill Thomas Memorial this spring at Sunland Park.

Wind Water has now won 16 of 43 starts and $659,351. He is a 6-year-old California-bred by Bold Badgett.