Stakes races for $300,000, please. Eddie Delahoussaye is travelling to Texas to ride this 5-year-old horse owned by "Jeopardy" host Alex Trebek in the Texas Mile? Who is Reba's Gold.
In that $300,000 grade III race at Lone Star Park April 27, Reba's Gold will attempt to win his first stakes race. Trainer Dan Hendricks pronounced the son of Slew o' Gold "ready to run" after a six-furlong work at Hollywood Park Friday.
"It was a nice, easy move because we basically had a big workout two weeks ago when he ran six-and-a-half furlongs and got beat a length and three-quarters," Hendricks said. "That was just another step toward the Texas Mile."
The 6 1/2-furlong work to which Hendricks referred was actually a fourth-place finish in the $197,700 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup Handicap (gr. II) at Santa Anita on March 30.
Reba's Gold is out of the Heart mare Lovely Reba and from the same female family as grade I winner Dramatic Gold (also by Slew o' Gold) and Holiday Thunder (by Thunder Gulch). He's won five of 21 career starts and gets the usually travel-shy Delahoussaye in the Texas Mile.
"All of sudden, Eddie D. has become a shipping jock," Hendricks said of the Hall of Fame jockey. "He won the Spiral for Murray Johnson (on Perfect Drift) and the Oaklawn Handicap (on Kudos) for (trainer Richard) Mandella. Maybe we'll have some luck, too."
He may need the luck as the prospective field includes grade I winner Hal's Hope, grade II winners Irisheyesareflying and Keats, and Mr Ross, Big Numbers, Compendium, Fappie's Notebook, Five Straight, Lights On Broadway, Maysville Slew, and Oak Hall.
"He's been very consistent for us, and seems to be coming up to this race really well," said Hendricks, who previously worked for Hall of Fame trainer Mandella before starting his own public stable in Southern California in 1987.
Hendricks said he feels Trebek has entered into the racing business in the correct manner.
"A few years ago, Alex bought one of the most beautiful farms in California," Hendricks said, referring to Creston Farms in Paso Robles, Calif. "He's taken his time. He's slowly added some stallions and broodmares and five or six racehorses. I think he's approaching the business the right way; he's not running out and buying a bunch of yearlings or 10 two-year-olds in training or 20 broodmares. He's getting his feet wet in the racehorse business. He's breeding the right way and he has a first-class facility at Creston Farm.
"And with Reba's Gold, he's having a good time."