For Immediate Release
Thursday, November 03, 2016
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Wednesday, November 2, 2016) – Local great Texas Chrome began his racing career here on May 15, 2015. And now, a year and a half later, he will make his first Breeders’ Cup start on Friday, November 4 in the Grade 1, $1 Million Las Vegas Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile. A win would be a historical first for a Texas-bred to win a Breeders’ Cup race.
Bred by Craig D. Upham, Texas Chrome a son of Grasshopper out of Margarita Mistress by Naevus was purchased as a yearling for $10,000 in the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Texas Yearling & Fall Mixed Sale by 3-time local leading owner, Danny Keene (2013-2015).
The rest, as they say, is history…..
It was on May 15, 2015 that a bay colt with four white feet and a blaze stepped onto the track at Lone Star Park for his first ever race. Not too many people paid much attention to him, but a few noticed as he was the third choice in the wagering. That was his last chance at any obscurity. After that finish he would be hard to forget.
That colt was Texas Chrome, and since that maiden special weight win in 2015, the rest of the year showed much improvement. He proved best in the $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity here at Lone Star Park in July, and next won the $100,000 Gold Rush Futurity at Arapahoe Park in August. Though he didn’t win all that he entered, he would get his final win of the year in the Governor’s Cup Stakes at Zia Park in October. He ended his 2-year-old year with a record of 6-4-1-0.
His first start as a 3-year-old produced a third place finish in the $150,000 Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn Park last April. In his next race, exactly one year to the day after his debut victory at the Grand Prairie, Texas track, it was another Lone Star Park win in the Texas Stallion Stakes on May 15, 2016. He next tried, but came up short in a pair of Grade 3 stakes, finishing third in the Matt Winn at Churchill in June, and a second place finish in the Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows in July.
From there he was shipped to Louisiana Downs and entered in the $100,000 Super Derby Prelude Stakes on August 6. For that race he was also assigned a change of jockey to C. J. McMahon. McMahon, leading rider at Lone Star Park (2015) seemed to get him back to his winning ways as they got the victory in the Prelude Stakes that day. And with McMahon back in the saddle for the Grade 3, $400,000 Super Derby last September it was another victory, his first in a graded stakes. And finally, his last start was his second graded stakes win. Texas Chrome crossed the wire first in the Grade 3, $400,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park in September.
So, here it is that Texas Chrome, a winner of $842,642 from a record of 13-8-1-3, has proven worthy of competing with the best of the best. And with his entourage of Lone Star Park locals, his trainer, J. R. Caldwell, his jockey, C. J. McMahon, and his owner, Danny Keene, he has made the trip westward for a shot at history. We wish all the best of luck to the connections and to that little ole colt from Texas!
Come out to watch & wager on all of the Breeders’ Cup races simulcast live from Santa Anita Park on Friday, November 4 & Saturday, November 5. Bar & Book opens Friday, November 4 at 10:30 a.m. First Breeders’ Cup race post time is 4:25 p.m. Grandstand gates open at 5:30 p.m. First live race 6:50 p.m. On Saturday Bar & Book opens at 10:00 a.m. Grandstand gates open at 10:30 a.m. First Breeders’ Cup race post time is 2:05 p.m. First live race is 7:05 p.m. All times (CDT).
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 26-day 2016 Fall Meeting of Champions Season, which opens Friday, September 16 and concludes on Saturday, November 12. Live racing will be held three days a week, Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 6:35 p.m. For more information on Lone Star Park visit LoneStarPark.com or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP 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.
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