For Immediate Release
Monday, May 28, 2012
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Monday, May 28, 2012)– Windy Hill Farms’ Nates Mineshaft, a five-year-old ridgeling trained by Austin Smith and ridden by Jesse Campbell, went straight to the lead never looking back to win the 16th running of the Grade III, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap for three-year-olds and upward over a fast main track at Lone Star Park on Monday.
Before today, Nates Mineshaft had won all but one of his races this year. The loss was from his last out in the Grade II Alysheba earlier this month at Churchill Downs, when he tried a different running style.
“The horse just keeps getting better,” said Austin Smith “that was just a trainer error last time. I just looked at the form too much and took him out of his game.”
All of his wins have come in the form of front running speed. Returning to that form today was all he needed to get back in the winners circle again. Going straight to an easy lead, he responded well when asked at the top of the stretch. Drawing off after being shown the whip, he proved much the best while coasting in the final sixteenth crossing the finish line 7 ¼ lengths in front of Get in Da House. Fractions were 25.11, 49.20 and 1:11.97.
“He’s gotten to be a very, very confident and very kind horse,” said rider Jesse Campbell. “I think the job that Austin has done to keep this horse in such sharp form for as long has he’s been, you know, really says something about what this barn is doing for this animal. Very impressive.”
The $174,000 winners share of the purse boosted Nates Mineshaft’s lifetime earnings to over half a million dollars from seven wins in 15 career starts.
Nates Mineshaft paid $5.40, $3.80 and $3.00, runner-up Get in Da House returned $7.60 and $4.40, and Night Pretty paid $6.00 to show. Marilyn’s Guy, Golden Yank, Apart, Fog Alert and Imco Spirit completed the order of finish.
Please be sure to join us as live racing resumes this Friday, June 2, 2012.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Global Gaming Solutions LLC, offers a53-day 2012 Spring Thoroughbred Season which opens Thursday, April 12 and concludes on Sunday, July 8. Live racing will be held four days a week, Thursday and Friday at 6:35 p.m. (except Thursday, May 31 and Thursday, July 5 when there will be no live racing), and Saturday and Sunday at 1:35 p.m. The racing program on Memorial Day, May 28, will start at 1:35 p.m. Special twilight programs will be held at 5 p.m. on both Tuesday, July 3 (with post-race concert by award-winning country artist Pat Green) and Wednesday, July 4 (with the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration).
The track’s 26-day, 2012 Fall Meeting of Champions for American Quarter Horses will be held from Sept. 14 to Nov. 10.
Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.
For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com
Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP. Global Gaming Solutions, LLC, is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.