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Crawford Sweeps Speedhorse Stakes

Fair Meadows presents rich night of racing with two graded stakes.

August 4, 2012

Trainer Clint Crawford had a big night on Saturday at Fair Meadows, as he saddled the winners of the $311,349 Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity (G2) and $92,295 Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Derby (G3).

In the richer of the two, Crawford captured the exacta and had five of the first six finishers. At the wire it was Jesus Rodriguez-Najera’s Hiclass Vodka in front by a half-length from Special Candy Paint, one of four finalists owned by Carl Pevehouse.

Hiclass Vodka, sent off at odds of 2-1 as the fastest qualifier with Stormy Smith riding, stopped the timer at :17.231 for 350 yards over a sloppy sealed track. Bred in Texas by Ed Peters out of the Stoli mare Newport Lilly, Hiclass Vodka qualified to the Oklahoma Futurity (G2) and ran third in the Fair Meadows Juvenile earlier in the year. The colt’s record now stands at 6-3-1-1 with earnings of $160,552. Newport Lily is also the dam of TQHA Sale Futurity (RG2) winner Triple Vodka, by Tres Seis.

Hiclass Vodka became the first stakes winner sired by Hiclass La Jolla, who won the 2006 Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity when it was a Restricted Grade 1 event. Hiclass La Jolla stood the 2012 season at Granada Farms near Wheelock, Texas, as property of Robert and Karen Nunnally.

Special Candy Paint, a filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon who posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time, finished a game second and picked up a check for $52,929. Jose Cervantes Jr.’s homebred JC Wants A Corona, a gelding by Ivory James, took third as the longest shot in the field at 45-1.

Crawford struck again in the Speedhorse Derby, as Carl Pevehouse’s homebred Haulin Candy Salt prevailed by a neck with a 350-yard clocking of :17.162 on a sloppy track. Alex Baldillez Jr. rode the Oklahoma-bred filly by PYC Paint Your Wagon. She paid $6.60 to win as part of a Pevehouse-owned entry.

This marked the first stakes victory for Haulin Candy Salt, who finished second in last year’s Speedhorse Gold and Silver Cup Futurity and also second in this year’s Prissy Gold Digger Stakes (R) at Remington Park. The filly has won four of 11 career starts with a bankroll of $153,270. Haulin Candy Salt is out of the Salt Lake (TB) mare Salt Lake Spitty.

Joe and Judith Chappell Trust’s Chicks Smart Money, a gelding by First Smart Money, took second as the even-money favorite. Gerald Swindell and James Sills’ PYC Cash, a gelding by PYC Paint Your Wagon, crossed the wire third.

Also on the card, Connie and Rick Dickson’s homebred Jessta Lil Spitfire won the $20,000 Cherokee Nation Stakes for 2-year-olds. The Spit Curl Jess filly, who was ridden by G.R. Carter Jr. to a time of :17.676 for 350 yards over a fast track, is also trained by Clint Crawford and gave him a total of three stakes winners on the card.