For Immediate Release
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Saturday, July 12, 2014) – It was a wrap tonight for Lone Star Park’s 18th Spring Thoroughbred Racing Season, and what a night it was for the Lone Star state. Of the final 10 races carded four were stakes totaling $301,280 for thoroughbreds with Texas connections.
Saturday, July 12, 2014
LASTING BUBBLES DEFENDS 2013 TITLE IN VALOR FARM STAKES EARNS CHAMPION TEXAS-BRED OF THE MEET
Judy Peek’s home-bred mare Lasting Bubbles showed what she was made of tonight with a repeat of her 2013 win in the 17th renewal of the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes on Stars of Texas night at Lone Star Park. The six-year-old gray mare went off as the post time favorite and ran up to the bettor’s expectations. She posted a three-length victory in the race for Texas-bred fillies & mares, three-year-olds & up, which also earned her Champion Texas-bred of the Meet honors as well.
Trained by Kevin Peek, Lasting Bubbles by Pulling Punches disputed the pace on the outside, vied two wide on the turn, was asked for her best in upper stretch, drawing clear under strong urging by jockey Chris Rosier. Fractional times were 22.13, 44.93 and 57.23. Final time for the six-furlong contest over a fast track was 1:09.89.
“This is the type of horse you can have fun with,” said jockey Chris Rosier.
“She’s got all the intangibles, the things you look for, the things you can’t see when you’re trying to sum up some talent,” said winning trainer Kevin Peek. “The last couple of years have just been a whirlwind. We couldn’t ask for things to play out better than they have.”
With the win Lasting Bubbles upped her career record to 12-5-4-0 and with the $30,000 winner’s share of the purse, boosted her career earnings to $295,581.
Mutuel payouts were $3.80, $2.80 and $2.20. Second place went to Molly’s Honour and returned $3.80 and $2.40. Nurse Goodnight returned $2.40 for the show.
Early Fantasy, Forever Since, Flashy Pearl, Scooter’s Choice and More Than That completed the order of finish.
CHA-CHING FOR VIVIAN DA BLING AS SHE SCORES IN $98,100 FILLY DIVISION OF TTA SALES FUTURITY
JRita Young’s Vivian Da Bling, a two-year-old filly by Too Much Bling, came away in front after the start and lead a pressured pace, was clear passing the seven sixteenths marker drawing off to win the TTA Sales Futurity, filly division by six and three-quarters lengths over second placed Santacafe. It was another three and one half lengths back to third place finisher Red Phone.
“Getting away from the gates good was the whole race,” said winning jockey Cliff Berry. “The first couple hundred yards I had to use a little horse, but she still had some left.”
Trained by Bret Calhoun, Vivian Da Bling pocketed $58,860 for her second impressive career start (she won her debut by nine and one half lengths.) Her career earnings are at $70,740 and her record is 2-2-0-0.
Final time for the five furlong contest was :58.13 over a fast dirt surface with splits of 21.90 and 45.60.
For those who invested, post time favorite Vivian Da Bling, returned $2.40, $2.10 and $2.10.Santacafe returned $2.80 and $2.40 for place, and Red Phone returned $3.00 for show. Carol’s Flyer, Tea for Two, Sali’s Special, Silver City Sal and Just Aly completed the order of finish.
Proudtobewest was scratched from the race.
W V JETSETTER UPSETS FAVORITE IN $103,180 TTA SALES FUTURITY COLT & GELDING DIVISION
Wesley Melcher‘s W V Jetsetter, gave Bret Calhoun the training double in the TTA Sales Futurities tonight. Showing early speed then racing comfortably behind the leader to the quarter-pole, the two-year-old son of Jet Phone found room at the top of the stretch gaining the lead just before the sixteenth marker, edged clear to win by one and a half lengths over second place finisher Nublado Bling. It was another length back to favorite Unbridled Kid in third.
“He broke sharp,” said jockey Jamie Theriot who shipped in for the mount. “I didn’t rush him off his feet, I just stayed there and it seemed like he was handling it pretty well, and I just bide my time and seen an opening on top of the lane.”
“Down the lane he was full of run,” he added.
For the five furlong sprint over a fast main track, W V Jetsetter stopped the timer in :58.11 seconds. Fractions were 22.20 and 45.58.
For his effort, W V Jetsetter returned $18.40, $6.80 and $3.60. Nublado Bling returned $9.00 and $4.60. Unbridled Kid returned $2.80. Assorted Humor, Guess Again, Gold Flight, Supermason, Alamo City and Summer Parade completed the order of finish.
W V Jetsetter added $61,908 to his career earnings which now total $75,868. His career record reads 3-2-0-1.
TEXAS BLING LIGHTS UP THE TRACK WINNING THE $50,000 ASSAULT STAKES ON FINAL NIGHT OF LIVE RACING
Texas Bling owned by Hall’s Family Trust showed his star quality, winning the Assault Stakes for trainer Danele Durham.
The four-year-old colt by Too Much Bling was wide in the first turn lingering well back until moving closer at the half. Then advancing wide in the final turn, chased the leader into the final furlong and rallied for the win, gaining the lead after the final sixteenth to win by three-quarters of a length over the favorite, second placed Texas Air.
“I just let the horse be comfortable,” said jockey David Cabrera. “When I asked him, he answered to me.” His second stakes win of the season, it was the icing on the cake for Cabrera. He had just been crowned Champion rider of the meet earlier in the evening.
After a bid on the Kentucky Derby trail last year trainer Danele Durham said of Texas Bling, “He had a little bit of a respiratory over the winter and now that he has cleared up, he’s coming back to his old form and truly showing he is one of the best horses in Texas, if not the best.”
Early fractions for the one mile contest over a fast track were 23.28, 46.58 and 1:11.50. Final time of the race for Accredited Texas-breds was 1:38.21.
With the $30,000 winner’s share of the purse, Texas Bling has amassed a career earnings total of $338,327. His record is now 25-4-3-2.
Mutuel rewards for those who invested in Texas Bling were $8.00, $3.60 and $3.00. Second placed Texas Air returned $3.20 and $2.60. Third place went to Hang Cool and he returned $2.60. Tater Red, Fifty Pesos, F J Uncle Vic, He Has Bling, His Money’s Mine and Special U F O completed the order of finish.
There were two scratches from the Assault. They were Edplicit and Jump in Line.
2014 SEASON CHAMPIONS NAMED
Jockey David Cabrera started the meet as an apprentice rider and finished as a journeyman with a total of 65 wins. He was crowned Champion Apprentice Jockey and Champion Jockey of the 50-date 2014 Spring Thoroughbred Season. These were his first riding titles of his young career.
Champion Trainer honors went to Karl Broberg who finished the season with a total of 58 wins.
For the Champion Owner of the Meet it ended in a tie between 2013 leading owner, Danny Keene and 2012 leading owner, End Zone Athletics, Inc. they each finished the meet with 20 wins.
Other Champion categories were:
Horse of the Meet: Grand Contender, winner of both the Grade III Texas Mile and the Grade III Lone Star Park Handicap.
Texas-bred Champion: Lasting Bubbles, winner of the Wayne Hanks Memorial Stakes and The Valor Farm Stakes.
Claiming Horse of the Meet: Perfect Tap - with six starts, three wins and one second.
Congratulations to all of our Champions for the 18th Spring Thoroughbred Season! We thank them all and wish them and each of the horsemen who participated here this season the best of luck.
Lone Star Park’s 18th Fall Meeting of Champions opens Friday, September 19, 2014.
See you there!
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2014 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 10 and concludes on Saturday, July 12. Live racing will be held three days a week, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (except Thursday, May 29 when there will be no live racing), and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. (beginning April 27 through June 15.) The racing program on Memorial Day, May 26, will start at 1:35 p.m. A Special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). Special post times for three Triple Crown dates will begin at 3:33 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, May 17 and June 7 (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.) For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.
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.
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