For Immediate Release
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Calhoun Takes Colt & Gelding Division Plus the Inaugural Lane’s End Scholarship Stakes
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Saturday, June 16, 2012)– Wesley Melcher’s Worldventurer, trained by Bret Calhoun, took the lead just inside the furlong marker and inched clear to win the $94,420 TTA Sales Futurity, colt & gelding division, Saturday at Lone Star Park.
“He broke very well, sharp,” said jockey Jamie Theriot, who shipped in to ride two today, this being the lone victory. “He put me in a great stalking position. I reached and grabbed a good cross on him turning for home and he just re-broke. He really found his stride the last 16th.”
“For his victory, Worldventurer earned $56,652 in his division of the TTA Sales Futurities. His career earnings got a boost to $69,432. It was second win from three starts of his young career. Bettors were returned $6.60, $4.80 and $4.00. He posted fractions of 21.97 and 45.75 final time was :58.55. Second place finisher, Changing Karma returned $5.40 and $3.80 with Validate Blarney returning show money of $8.80. Shockman, City Fast, Unbridled’s Score, coupled favorites Boogalee and Dat Red Cat, Tears, Seeking Payday and Bronce Bellator completed the order of finish.
Calhoun’s second stakes win of the day came with Circustown Rose winning the inaugural $50,000 Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes for fillies and mares at seven and one half furlongs on the turf. The four-year-old filly was well rated setting the pace, and responded well upper stretch when asked, drawing clear for the victory.
“Early on in her career, she was really aggressive and wasn’t much for rating and relaxing,” said trainer, Bret Calhoun. “ It took us a while to get here and we were concerned if she would ever make it to the two turns.” She’s learned and advanced and got some seasoning, and it’s gone very well,” he added.
Fractional times were 24.67, 49.06, 1:12.97 and 1:24.70. Circustown Rose returned a profit of $14.00, $8.20 and $4.80. Patty’s Pride returned $9.80 and $6.00 place and show, with favorite, Im a Bear returning $2.40. Completing the order of finish were Pharme’s Phire, She Has Bling, Joy’s Paradise, Zippy Wager, Perfect Meadow, Youcannotbeserious, Donegal Gold, Laverne and Dixie Dust ran last.
The $56,860 TTA Sales Futurity for fillies was where trainer Steve Asmussen put an end to Calhoun’s stakes winning streak. His charge, Falling Star, ridden by Bryan McNeil, inched clear at the top of the stretch, crossing the wire a length and a quarter in front of post-time favorite, Pardonmecomingthru.
“They just told me to sit chilly on her, get her relaxed,” McNeil said. “She relaxed really well and ran a good race.”
Falling Star returned $13.00, $5.60 and $4.00. Pardonmecomingthru returned $3.60 and $2.60 with Miss Goodthing returning $3.20. Fractional times were 22.10 and 45.66. The other finishers in order were: Platinum Song, Tastefullyxcessive, Final Song, Bear Bottom, Smeauxkininthelane, Bluejoy, Ballerinagonewild and Becks Expectations.
Thank you to the 9,651 fans that turned out for Dollar Day today! We appreciate your patronage.
TOMORROW AT LONE STAR PARK (Sunday, June 17, 2012):
• Father’s Day “Fish-for-a-Grill”: The first 200 men, 21 years of age and older, through the Grandstand Gate will have the opportunity to catch a specially-marked fish in our Father’s Day Fish Tank for a chance to win a free grill. So bring your Dad out. It is sure to be a fun day.
• Senior Citizens’ Day and Military Discount Day: All senior citizens’, age 62 or older with a valid I.D., or members of any branch of the military, with a valid military I.D., receive free general admission.
• Pepsi Can Offer: Bring any Pepsi can to Lone Star Park and receive a Pepsi track pack, good for One (1) Free General Admission and One (1) Free Large Pepsi. This offer is only available in the Grandstand for live racing.
• Jazz Brunch in Silks: A live Jazz Trio will perform in Silks dining room from noon – 3 p.m. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat omelet station for $8.95.
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Global Gaming Solutions LLC, offers a 53-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.