GREAT MINDS OUTWITS SHOTGUN COWBOY FOR THE VICTORY IN THE $200,000 GRADE 3 TEXAS MILE

For Immediate Release
Friday, May 06, 2016

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 6, 2016) – It was Great Minds piloted by C. J. McMahon in front by a half at the wire in tonight’s 20th edition of the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile, giving both horse and rider their first graded stakes win. This was the third straight victory for the 5-yr-old gelded son of Stroll, with McMahon up.

“I knew he had speed,” said McMahon. “I thought if I got a good break and could sit right off the pace he would finish really good so, I just sat in the pocket and when I turned him loose, he really exploded.”

Trained by Al Stall, Jr. Great Minds is owned by NFL star Vince Wilfork, who plays a nose tackle for the Houston Texans.

With Blue Tone and Shotgun Cowboy contesting the pace in front, Great Minds settled in tracking position at fractions of 25.01, 48.57, and 1:12.55.  Blue Tone gave way in the far turn leaving it to Shotgun Kowboy. Great Minds made a bid near the 1/8 pole, dueled with the runner-up and was able to prevail by a half-length. It was five lengths back to Carve in third. Final time was 1:37.68.

With the win, Great Minds improved his career record to five wins from 19 starts and increased his career earnings to $283,898.

Mutuels on the winner paid $15.60, $6.20 and $4.20. Shotgun Kowboy returned $4.60 and $3.40. Carve returned $3.40. Aces High, Jessica’s Star, Blue Tone, Hip Four Sixtynine, Endurance and Wolf Man Rocket completed the order.

Standings through week four: 

C. J. McMahon remains two in front of Iram Diego at 27 to 25. Each had three wins on tonight’s card….Karl Broberg is atop the trainer standings with 19 wins over Steve Asmussen with 12.

Join us tomorrow for Kentucky Derby Day. Watch, wager and win on the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby simulcast live at 5:34 p.m. Gates open early at 11:00 a.m. First of 10 live races is 2:05 p.m. And don’t forget out annual Kentucky Derby Best Hat contest begins at 3:00 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions. Two Grand Prize winners will each win $500.00!

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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 2016 Spring Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 7 and concludes on Sunday, July 17.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday & Saturday at 7:05 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 7, May 21 & June 11 which have a 2:05 p.m. start) and Sundays at 2:05 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 7:05 p.m. (April 7 & 21; May 19; June 16; July 14). The racing program on Memorial Day, May 30, will start at 2:05 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5 p.m. both on Sunday, July 3 and Monday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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