Danny Keene's Texas Chrome became just the second Texas-bred horse to push past the million-dollar mark in earnings on Saturday night, closing with a determined rush to win Lone Star Park's $50,000 Assault Stakes by 1 1/4 lengths. The other Texas-bred to eclipse seven figures was champion Groovy, who retired with earnings of $1.3 million.
“I'm glad he did it here at Lone Star, because it's where he won his first race, where he won his first stakes race, and he is a Texas-bred,” Keene told drf.com. “There's other places we could have [gone] with him, but I think he's got a lot of followers and I think we owed it to them to run here. I was kind of scared too, because I was scared of Supermason. I definitely didn't like the mile. A mile is a like a glorified sprint to some horses and that's not Chrome. He needs a mile and an eighth, a mile and a quarter. That horse, he had enough heart to dig in and get there. You saw that. That horse has heart.”
Under the care of Keene's private trainer Allen Milligan and ridden by Richard Eramia, Texas Chrome covered a mile on the fast main track in 1:36.59. The 4-year-old son of Grasshopper has won nine of his 20 career starts and earned $1,020,762. Bred by Craig Uphan, Texas Chrome was a $10,000 yearling purchase at the Fasig-Tipton Texas yearling and mixed sale in 2014.
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