TEXAS-BRED TEXAS AIR ROCKS THE TEXAS MILE FOR THE LONE STAR STATE TONIGHT AT LONE STAR PARK

For Immediate Release
Saturday, May 02, 2015

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 1, 2015) – At odds of 24-1, Texas Air prevailed in the 19th running of the Grade 3 Texas Mile tonight at Lone Star Park over a fast main track. 

Rise Up went straight to the lead from the gate with favorite Sr. Quisqueyano taking up the second place position and that’s how it played out through the 2nd turn where Sr. Quisqueyano tired. Texas Air settled in nicely off the pace into the backstretch, went four wide in the second turn, then rallied into the final furlong making a bid at the sixteenth pole and prevailed under strong urging. Second place finisher, Hip Four Sixtynine settled in behind eventual winner Texas Air, swung five wide into the stretch, rallied under a drive and closed well to just get up for place.

“The race was really put together for me, and all I did was point him in the right direction,” said winning jockey Quincy Hamilton. “We got clear at the top of the stretch, and I knew I was really well mounted at the top and just ran it on home. I couldn’t have been more confident in him tonight for sure.”

Bred and owned by Paul J. Rigali, Jr. of Eustace, Texas, the seven-year-old gelding by Texas City was one of only two Texas-bred horses in the race.

“Let’s hear it for Texas,” exclaimed Mr. Rigali after the race.

Tonight’s Texas Mile win upped Texas Air’s career earnings to $341,774. This was his eighth win from 39 starts.

“He just gets better with age,” said winning trainer Allen Milligan. “The older he gets, the better he gets. Quincy rode him perfect. He did everything exactly like I asked him to do it. It was perfect.”

Fractions for the one mile contest were 23.16, 46.36 and 1:10.88 for a final time of 1:37.31.  

Texas Air paid $51.40, $16.80 and 7.80. Hip Four Sixtynine returned $7.80 and $5.00. Rise Up held on for the show returning $4.20. Real Appeal Deal, One King’s Man, Sr. Quisqueyano, Holiday Mischief, F J Uncle Vic, Bronce Bellator and Mal Guapo completed the order of finish.

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Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2015 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 9 and concludes on Sunday, July 19.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday & Saturday at 6:35 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 2, May 16 & June 6 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 1:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 9 & 23; June 18; July 16) The racing program on Memorial Day, May 25, will start at 1:35 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. on Saturday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

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