Waco Hug was running for a claiming price of $7,500 less than two months ago, but on Saturday night his stock went way up as he became a stakes winner in the $75,000 Star of Texas. The 1 1/16-mile race was the richest of eight statebred stakes worth $425,000 on the Texas Champions Day program. The card is a mainstay at Sam Houston Race Park, but it was held at Retama Park this year because the Sam Houston meet was canceled due to damage from Hurricane Ike. \nWaco Hug ($11.20) was in his element at Retama, picking up his third straight win at the San Antonio-area track in the Star of Texas. He began his streak with a win over $7,500 conditioned claimers on Oct. 10, then proceeded to win a first-level allowance for Texas-breds by 12 1/2 lengths on Oct. 17. \nWaco Hug then made his stakes debut in the Star of Texas, against a field that included the race&#146;s two-time defending champ, Sandburr. The eventual winner trailed the field early, then rallied for a three-quarter-length victory over half-brothers Taksent, who held second, and Sandburr, who stalked the pace and finished third. Waco Hug covered the distance on a track rated fast in 1:48.14. \nJose Figueroa rode the winner for Tigertail Ranch and trainer Danny Pish. Waco Hug is a 3-year-old gelding by Waco Connection. \nQuinonez, Tejera each win three stakes\nJockeys Luis Quinonez and Eguard Tejera each won three stakes on the undercard, with Quinonez striking first with Stealth Cat ($2.80) in the $50,000 Yellow Rose for fillies and mares at six furlongs. She won the night&#146;s first stakes by 12 1/2 lengths for trainer Steve Asmussen. \nQuinonez and Asmussen also teamed to win the $50,000 Bara Lass with Tiffany Royal ($4.60). She powered to a 3 1/2-length win over Valid Code in the seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies. It was the seventh Bara Lass win for Asmussen. \nQuinonez&#146;s other winner on the night came with Pretty Squall ($4.20), who wired the field by 3 1/4 lengths in the $50,000 San Jacinto. She is trained by Morris Nicks. \nTejera upset three favorites on the night, his first being with Seneca Summer ($7.20) in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas. The horse picked up his third straight win when he stalked and pounced for a three-quarter-length score over favorite Snuck By. Gary Thomas trains Seneca Summer. \nTejera and Valid Stripes ($34) drew out to an 11-length win over favorite He&#146;s Boy Wonder in the $50,000 Groovy for 2-year-olds. Tejera rode the winner for trainer Amos Laborde. \nTejera&#146;s final stakes winner on the night came with Rapid Squall ($5.20), who was prominent throughout for a one-length win over favorite Ablaze With Spirit in the $50,000 Richard King. Val Ray Foster trains Rapid Squall. \n* Taptam ($5.40) drove to a half-length win over pacesetter Formal Flyer in the $50,000 Martanza for fillies and mares at a mile. Cliff Berry rode the winner for trainer Donnie Von Hemel. \n* Handle on the 10-race program from all sources was $1,0276,551.