GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (April 21, 2010) – Deal Breaker, owned by Tony Lawlor and trained by Mike Mitchell, headlines a competitive field of 11 in the 14th running of the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, for 3-year-olds an up, to be run at one mile over turf on Saturday at Lone Star Park.
A chestnut son of Night Shift, Deal Breaker ships in from Kentucky for trainer Mike Mitchell who has had his share of success in stakes races at Lone Start Park, including wins in the 2004 Texas Mile with Kela, the 2008 Dallas Turf Cup with Church Service, and the 2009 Richland Hills with Kays and Jays.
Deal Breaker, 8-5 in the morning line, is a winner of four of 22 career starts for $173,864 in earnings, and was last seen finishing second in an $80,000 optional claiming race at Keeneland on April 17, his first start since February 10 at Santa Anita. Martin Garcia, who will fly in to ride Mythical Power in the Texas Mile, has the mount.
Deal Breaker’s main competition could come from Fifteen Love, who is owned by Jose Luis Espinoza and trained by Jerenesto Torrez, but is also entered in the Texas Mile. The 5-year-old son of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given will look to extend his current winning streak to three, which includes a victory in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup in his last on March 27 at Sam Houston Race Park.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Praderoso (Cliff Berry, 30-1); Angelonmyshoulder (Bobby Walker Jr., 6-1); Fifteen Love (Junior Chacaltana, 9-5); Deal Breaker (Martin Garcia, 8-5); Active Treasure (Luis Quinonez, 15-1); Doctor Brasch (Jamie Theriot, 10-1); Gold Wonder (Paul Nolan, 30-1); Gretsky (Larry Taylor, 6-1); Precious Colony (Chris Landeros, 12-1); Cape San Blas (Richard Eramia, 30-1); and Bronze Fox (Martin Escobar, 20-1).
Scheduled as Race 8 on the 11-race program, the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge has an approximate post time of 4:51 p.m.
Lone Star Park’s 2010 Spring Thoroughbred Season will run four days a week every Thursday and Friday at 6:35 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. through July 18. The Lone Star Million program on Memorial Day will start at 1:35 p.m. and special twilight programs with post-race holiday fireworks on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration) will commence at 5:00 p.m. (All times are Central Time).
Lone Star Park’s 29-day, 2010 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses will be held from Sept. 17 to Nov. 13. For more information, visit LoneStarPark.com or call (972) 263-RACE (7223).
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