Mr Money Bags who dominated in last month's $65,000 Jim's Orbit will face seven colts and geldings in Saturday's six-furlong $50,000 Groovy Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. A part of Texas Champions Day, the Groovy goes as race six on the eight-race program.
The son of Sliver 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. The original plan was for Mr Money Bags, who is Triple Crown nominated, to make his next start in this weekend's Sunland Derby.
“I would have liked that, but Mr. Cobb is struggling with some health issues and the trip to Sunland would have been very difficult,” said Neatherlin. “He loves this horse and will be here Saturday.”
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. The Oklahoma-bred won $3.3 million in his career and Cobb proudly wears his Kip Deville cap when he attends the races.
“We breezed him last Saturday; he'll be fit,” added Neatherlin. “The track surface won't matter as he ran on an off surface at Delta. The neat thing about Mr Money Bags is how he reacts when I leg up a rider. He just swells up and knows what he had to do. It's pretty special!”
His rivals include My Bling and Truly Bling, who ran second and third, respectively, in the $65,000 Jim's Orbit here on February 23. My Bling will reunite with Lane Luzzi for trainer George Bryant. Truly Bling, trained by Bret Calhoun will be ridden once again by Sasha Risenhoover.
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