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Bodecream Takes Texas Turf Mile

Author: Don Mckee
Published: Monday January 27, 2020
Red Lane Thoroughbreds' Bodecream set the pace and took the inaugural $200,000 Texas Turf Mile Stakes on Sunday. The race featured stakes winner Jack and Noah and Chimney Rock. Bodecream came into the race at Sam Houston Race Park at 9-1.

"Pace makes the race, and it really makes the race when you have a horse that wants to be positioned back and wants to make a late kick," trainer Danny Pish said. "Things worked out that way today, and it made us all look smart. But (owner) Chris Hicks deserves all the credit because it all starts with him."

Debut Race

Bodecream made his debut in the race for 3-year-olds. The Bodemeister gelding was joined by jockey Deshawn Parker, and they moved into eighth through the first half-mile. 

Jack and Noah, winner of the Atlantic Beach Stakes, moved ahead to a five-length lead and set fractions of :22.51 and :46.23. Chimney Rock, who finished second in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint (G2T), stayed in second ahead of Southgate and Toma Todo. 

As Jack and Noah reached six furlongs in 1:11.49, Bodecream moved up two spots. Jack and Noah's lead began to lessen as they made their way into the stretch, and Bodecream eventually moved ahead. He went three-wide and found room to run on the outside, and he ended up crossing the line 3 ½ lengths ahead. 

The final time was 1:37.01 on a turf course rated good. 

"Danny told me if he runs like last time, he'll be tough. Just get him covered up and get that late burst," Parker said. "He said maybe not as late as last time, but when I asked him and got him clear, he just took off. He like shrugged down and just took off. He really did good."

Toma Todo finished second as Pixelate moved up from seventh to third. Chimney Rock finished fourth, and the favorite Jack and Noah finished fifth. 

Bodecream was purchased by Red Lane for $50,000 from the St George Sales consignment at the 2018 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. He has earned $137,307 and has a record of 2-1-0 in six starts. 

"I know Danny's been working with Bodecream for quite a while now, so a lot of that success rides on Deshawn and Danny getting the job done," Hicks said.

Bodecream was bred in Kentucky by Judy Hicks, Kathryn Nikkel, and Sanford Robertson, and he is out of the Dixie Union mare Call Mariah. He is a half brother to group 3-placed Califante. 

Real News in Turf Sprint

The $100,000 Frontier Utilities Turf Sprint Stakes also ran on Sunday. Town and Country Racing's Real News scored a victory after coming into the race with placings in three stakes outings, including the Penn Mile Stakes (G2T). 

Real News was guided by Colby Hernandez, and they won by half a length.

Coming into the race as the 4-5 favorite, Real News sat in fourth early as Nicky Numbers and Powell fought for the lead through fractions of :22.19 and :45.51. They moved out three wide, and Real News pulled slightly ahead in the stretch. He was able to fend off his rivals and finish in :57.30.

Fast Boat finished second over Powell in third, and Imma Bling ran late to finish fourth. 

Real News was bred in Kentucky by Georgia Farms out of the Tactical Advantage mare Missy's Advantage, and he is the half-brother to multiple stakes winner Good Morning Diva. He was purchased by Gary Broad for $85,000 from consignor Blackburn Farm at the 2017 Keeneland September Yearling Sale. 

His earnings are at $225,020 with a record of 4-2-1 in eight starts.