Doubleheader Set at Sam Houston

Aged horses, distance runners line up at Sam Houston.

Q-Racing Journal
May 1, 2014

Kathleen Matey’s homebred Pyro comes off a runner-up effort in the $50,000 Sam Houston Classic and Bullard Farms’ homebred Fire On The Fly should attract most of the attention in the $25,000 Governor’s Cup Marathon Stakes on Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park.

Pyro (Make It Anywhere-Rare Kayoh by Rare Form) is in fine form in 2014 with a win in his Bank of America Sam Houston Challenge trial and then coming back for trainer Judd Kearl to finish second at 9-1 odds behind Dash Master Jess.

The gelding has always shown class while winning the $20,000 Ruidoso Juvenile and qualifying for the $700,000 Rainbow Futurity (G1) at two and then reaching the finals of last year’s $822,000 Ruidoso Derby (G1).

Richard Frandsen’s homebred SS Paydirt (Carters Cartel-Mia Ta Fame by Dash Ta Fame) won his first five starts in the Northwest, including a pair of futurities. He showed he could handle a class jump when he went to Los Alamitos and finished third in the $196,600 Los Alamitos Winter Derby (G1). He was fourth in the $167,300 Sam Houston Derby (G3) for trainer Trey Wood in his most recent effort.

Fire On The Fly (Jet Cartel-Shades Of Pink (TB) by Fight Over) should be very dangerous in the Governor’s Cup Marathon after moving up to the 870-yard division and racing to four wins and a second from five starts over the distance. The Wes Giles-trained gelding made his stakes debut in his latest start and responded with a 2 1/4-length victory in the $50,640 Red Cell Sunland Park Distance Challenge over the sharp Storm Chasor.

Dana Stroud and Brian Stroud’s JRC Callas First (Winners Award-Calla Missy Jane by Dirty Coup) is sharp after winning the $20,000 Harris County 550 Stakes by a dominating three lengths in an excellent :27.09. In his only start at 870 yards, he finished fourth in a conditioned allowance race after setting the pace.

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