Mr Money Bags, who dominated in last month's $65,000 Jim's Orbit at Sam Houston Race Park, returned with an even more impressive victory Saturday night in the six-furlong $50,000 Groovy Stakes.
Sam Houston saluted accredited Texas-breds Saturday night with six Texas Champions stakes. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand to see plenty of talent in the $50,000 Yellow Rose, $50,000 San Jacinto Stakes, $50,000 Spirit of Texas Stakes, $50,000 Bara Lass, $50,000 Groovy and $50,000 Richard King Stakes.
The son of Silver City is bred and owned by Roy W. Cobb and drew off to a five-length victory in last month's $65,000 Jim's Orbit Stakes in a swift 1:10.86. Trainer Mike Neatherlin was pleased with the ride by Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez and tabbed him aboard the 2-5 morning-line favorite. Once again, it was a comfortable trip for the gray colt, who drew off by seven lengths in an even faster final time of 1:10.35.
“He's a nice horse,” said Valdez-Jiminez. “All you have to do is stay on and he goes to the wire.”
Neatherlin continues to be impressed with the professionalism of Mr Money Bags.
“We took his blinkers off, trying to get him to relax and it seemed to help today,” he said. “We'll see how he comes out of the race before deciding what's next. It's funny that we stand him a lot and he is very calm, but once you put the saddle on, he turns into a beast.””
My Bling, who ran second in the $65,000 Jim's Orbit, was once again the runner-up under jockey Lane Luzzi. Kenai Bob ran third with Trumps Revenge fourth.
Mr Money Bags ($2.40) has now won four of his five career starts and $117,300. Neatherlin and Cobb were partners on Kip Deville, who won the 2006 Texas Heritage Stakes at Sam Houston before advancing to national prominence as a multiple Grade 1 champion.
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