STARS OF TEXAS DAY SATURDAY SHOWCASES FOUR STAKES RACES WORTH A COMBINED TOTAL OF $300,000

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 09, 2015

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas  – Race fans, this Saturday, July 11 is Stars of Texas Day at Lone Star Park. Four stakes races will headline the 10-race live card with purses combining for a lucrative $300,000. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. First race post time is 6:35 p.m. The stakes action kicks off in the fourth at approximately 7:59 p.m. Admission is just $5.00 and general parking is free.  

Stars of Texas Day showcases the two divisional Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurities; the 26th edition of the $100,000 colt & gelding division, and the 23rd edition of the $100,000 filly division, both at five furlongs; the 18th $50,000 Assault Stakes for Texas-Bred three-year-olds & upward at one mile, and the 18th $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for Texas-Bred fillies and mares three-year-olds and upward at six furlongs. 

TTA FUTURITY FILLY DIVISION   

Six two-year-old fillies will compete in the 23rd running of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity filly division. Fleet Grey, a daughter of Too Much Bling gave a very impressive debut performance at Churchill Downs on May 7, winning by five and three-quarter lengths. She could likely give trainer Steve Asmussen, Lone Star Park’s all-time leader, his 10th victory in this division. Fleet Grey is owned by Clark O. Brewster of Tulsa, OK. She will retain rider Ricardo Santana Jr. for this, her second career outing.

Jockey Deshawn L. Parker, who is currently third in the North American standings, makes his Lone Star Park riding debut this weekend. He was the National leader two times by number of wins, 377 in 2010 and 400 in 2011. Parker will ride Danny Keene’s Flyin’ Katnip in this. The daughter of Early Flyer trained by Shea Stuart makes her third career start in this. She missed in her debut here May 17 on a muddy track with a bit of a troubled trip, but came back on June 5 to win against Texas-breds by one and a half lengths.

The field for the TTA Sales Futurity filly division from the rail out with jockey and morning line odds is: Flashy G (Cliff Berry, 6-1); Flight Plan (C.J. McMahon, 10-1); Josie the E F Five (Adrian Ramos, 12-1); Kipling’s Appeal (Ivan Arellano, 15-1); Flyin’ Katnip (Deshawn Parker, 7-2) and Fleet Grey (Ricardo Santana, Jr., 3-5).

Scheduled as the fourth race on the card with an approximate post time of 7:59 p.m. CT

VALOR FARM STAKES 

The sixth race on the card is the 18th running of the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up at six furlongs on the main track. Afield of eight are entered. Judy Peek’s Lasting Bubbles is after that “third time is a charm” win in this race. The seven-year-old Pulling Punches mare already has her place in history from her back-to-back Valor Farm wins in 2013-14. Earlier this meet she won the Wayne Hanks Memorial on April 11 then finished second in a turf allowance on June 7. She tired in her last, the Lane’s End Stallion Scholarship Stakes at seven and a half on the turf. This shorter distance Saturday should be to her liking. Lasting Bubbles is trained by Kevin Peek. Jockey Luis Quinonez ships in for the mount.

A couple of possible upsets in the Valor Farm are for one, Hall Family Trust’s Everything Bling trained by Danele Durham. A filly by Too Much Bling, Everything Bling won her last here, a state bred allowance on June 27 by four and a half lengths. And Infectious, a Valid Expectations filly owned by W. S. Farish won the Texas Stallion Stakes here two races back on May 9. She is trained by Danny Pish and will be ridden by Lone Star Park’s winningest jockey Cliff Berry.

The field from the rail out with jockey and morning line odds is: Best Bling (Gerardo Mora, 20-1); Prada’s Bling (Bryan McNeil, 15-1); Bethyl’s Royalrose (David Cabrera, 20-1); Everything Bling (Ricardo Santana, Jr., 2-1); Scooter’s Choice (Dakota Wood, 10-1); Lasting Bubbles (Luis Quinonez, 8-5); Infectious (Cliff Berry, 3-1) and Final Song (Alfredo Sigala, 30-1).

Post time for the Valor Farm Stakes, the scheduled sixth race is 8:55 p.m. CT

THE ASSAULT STAKES   

The eighth race is the 18th running of The Assault Stakes for Accredited Texas-breds, three-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track. Last year’s Assault winner He Has Bling is seeking to defend his title, but not only will he have last year’s second place finisher in this, rival Texas Air to contend with, he also will have to deal with the super fast stakes winning Supermason as well.

Bred and owned by Paul Rigali Jr. of Eustace, TXTexas Air, a seven-year-old gelding by Texas City just recently became a graded stakes winner when he took the Grade 3 Texas Mile here on May 1. Texas Air is trained by Eddie Milligan, Jr. and will be ridden by Quincy Hamilton.

Supermason, owned by Brad Grady of Covington, TX won the Texas Stallion Stakes here on May 9 by an impressive six and one quarter lengths. Although just a three-year-old competing against older horses in this, Supermason could easily get loose on the lead and be hard to catch. The son of Grasshopper is trained by Bret Calhoun. Jockey Lindey Wade will have the assignment.

The field from the rail out for The Assault is: He Has Bling (Jamie Theriot, 6-1); Supermason (Lindey Wade, 5-2); Texas Air (Quincy Hamilton, 8-5); Fly the Red Eye (Cliff Berry, 8-1); F J Uncle Vic (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 20-1); Special U F O (David Cabrera, 12-1); Overspent (Gerardo Mora, 30-1); The Lone Roo (Bryan McNeil, 30-1); Ring Necked (Iram Diego, 15-1); Texas Bling (Ricardo Santana, Jr., 30-1) and Dusty Ryder (Junior Chacaltana, 15-1).     

TTA SALES FUTURITY COLT & GELDING DIVISION 

With the 7-5 favorite and 2-1 runner up, plus two other entries there is a good chance that trainer Bret Calhoun will get his seventh win in this division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity.

A field of 11 was drawn and Douglas Scharbauer’s Jet Over is the 7-5 morning line choice. The Jet Phone colt made an impressive debut at Churchill Downs May 23 under jockey Jamie Theriot who will ship in for the mount again tonight. Jet Over’s half sister, Thegirlinthatsong by My Golden Song won the Texas Stallion Stakes here last year and became a graded stakes winner on January 17 by taking the Grade 2 La Canada at Santa Anita Park.

The 2-1 second choice is Cash Bonus, a son of Corinthian owned by Carl R. Moore of Kennedale, TX. Cash Bonus won his debut here June 19 by one and three quarter lengths under leading rider C. J. McMahon. McMahon will again ride.

The field for the TTA Sales Futurity from the rail out is: A. P. Bling (Alfredo Sigala, 30-1); Flying Cat, Cliff Berry, 8-1); Texas Chrome (Deshawn Parker, 10-1); Break Free (Lindey Wade, 12-1); Jet Over (Jamie Theriot, 7-5); Chatte Bleu (David Cabrera, 30-1); Phrase (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 30-1);Tall Tales (Dakota Wood, 30-1); Cash Bonus (C. J. McMahon, 2-1); Moon Hopper (Richard Eramia, 15-1) and Fred’s Lucky Boy (Iram Diego, 20-1).

Post time is approximately 10:19 p.m.

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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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