Press Release | July 17, 2022

Trainer Bret Calhoun had a banner day at Lone Star Park on Sunday, sending out Free Drop Maddy to win the filly division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Futurity and Vietnam Victory to take the colts and gelding division. Each race offered a $150,000 purse to Texas accredited and TTA Sale graduates.

The James Stodola-owned Vietnam Victory was a $30,000 TTA Yearling Sale graduate last year who entered the Sunday’s race off a gutsy performance in his maiden debut May 15 at Lone Star Park. That maiden race saw the Texas-bred Klimt colt post a one-length victory at first asking.

In the TTA Futurity, Vietnam Victory met six other rivals in the 5½- furlong contest.

With jockey Jose Alvarez aboard, Vietnam Victory dueled front-running Steve Asmussen-trained Bling Bling Bling through a half-mile before another Asmussen stablemate, Village Way, ranged up along the outside to make it three-horse battle across the track.

At the top of the stretch, both Vietnam Victory and Village Way darted away from the pacesetter to make it a two-horse race by midstretch, with Village Way leading by a half length. On cue, Vietnam Victory dug in and rallied to grind out the effort to surpass Village Way in deep stretch and go on to post a two-length victory in 1:06.13.

Village Way held for second, six lengths in front of Little Jony.

“We are delighted with how this colt ran today in the Futurity,” Calhoun said. “I am happy to get the win for my owner James Stodola, who is a Vietnam war veteran and named this horse accordingly. This colt really has just checked all of the boxes since we’ve had him, and I am looking forward to seeing just how capable he is moving forward.”

With the victory at 9-1 odds, Vietnam Victory moved his career earnings to $109,620 from only two career outings. He returned $21.40.

Bred by CJ Thoroughbreds, Vietnam Victory was produced by the Smart Strike mare Real Strike.