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Tex at work in Hawthorne


September 26, 2006     E-mail this page to a friend!

Flamethrowintexan jogged Sept. 25 at Hawthorne Race Course according to assistant trainer Kay Cooper. The 5-year-old son of Way West, winner of the this year's edition of the $250,000 Longacres Mile, Grade III, is preparing for a start in the Hawthorne Gold Cup, Grade II, Saturday, Sept. 30.

Cooper said Flamethrowintexan, along with 6-year-old gelding Grafton, who finished fourth in the Mile and Bardy Woman, made the flight to Hawthorne Thursday.

"They all had a good trip," Cooper said. "It's going to be
exciting."

Trainer Jim Penney said Flamethrowintexan is slated to work tomorrow. Regular rider Ricky Frazier will fly to Hawthorne Friday to ride the gelding in the Gold Cup.

Penney nominated Grafton, owned by Tom Tollen and Ray Kolterman, to The obert F. Carey Memorial Handicap, Grade III, run at a flat mile on the turf Sept. 30.

Bardy Woman, owned by Tollen, has been nominated to the 1 1/16-mile $100,00 Indian Maiden Handicap run on Sept. 30.

Normís Nephew happy again
Trainer Jimmy Orr said Norm's Nephew came out of his first
stakes win of the season, the $50,000 Muckleshoot Tribal Classic, in
excellent form.

"He's happy and eating good," Orr said. "He knows he won. Those old pros know when they make the winner's circle. He knows
he won."

The 4-year-old son of Jazzing Around has a 5-3-3 record from 15 starts, which includes two stakes. Last year Norm's Nephew won the Pepsi Cola Handicap.

Orr said he considered entering Norm's Nephew in a race this winter, but decided to turn the gelding out and prepare him for the Mile trail next season at Emerald Downs.

Starbird Road on track and galloping
Starbird Road galloped on the track Saturday for the first time
since his record-setting victory in the $40,000 Chinook Pass Sprint.
"He came back good," Ross said. The trainer said she will
turn the gelding out for the winter.

Jockey Debbie Hoonan-Trujillo said she is still excited about
the victory and Starbird Road setting a 6-furlong track record in 1
minute, 7 2/5 seconds.

"I pretty much knew I had it won on the turn," Hoonan-Trujillo said "I swear he has another gear yet. I felt it. I'm sure he has more."

Starbird Road won three stakes this season at Emerald beginning
with the Seattle Handicap, then the Governor's Handicap and ending the season with the Chinook Pass Sprint.

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