TEAM BAFFERT AND SMITH RETURN WITH DANZING CANDY FOR THE $200,000 GRADE 3 LONE STAR PARK HANDICAP SUNDAY

For Immediate Release
Thursday, May 25, 2017

 

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Thursday, May 25, 2017) – The featured ninth race Sunday, May 28, is the $200,000 Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap for three-year-olds & up at a mile and a sixteenth. Five have drawn in for the 2017 edition.

There is a $25,000 guaranteed late $.50 Pick 4 wager beginning with race 7 which includes the Lone Star Park Handicap as the third leg and ends with race 10 the final race on the card.

The Grade 3 Handicap has attracted a return visit by National Museum of Racing Hall of Famer’s trainer Bob Baffert and jockey Mike Smith, but this time with a different horse.

Smith will ride the Baffert trained Danzing Candy, winner of the Grade 2 San Felipe last year at Santa Anita in which he beat the likes of Mor Spirit and Exaggerator. The four-year-old colt by Twirling Candy out of Talking and Singing by Songandaprayer is seeking to add a second graded stakes to his career stats in Sunday’s Handicap.

Danzing Candy is the 7-5 morning line favorite and will be breaking from the inside post. He has earned a total of $344,800 from a record of 9-4-1-1. A win here would give Baffert his third Lone Star Park Handicap victory. He won previous editions in 2007 with Bob & John and in 2002 with Congaree.

Keene Thoroughbreds’ Texas-bred, Texas Chrome is the second morning line choice at 9-5. He and opponent Danzing Candy will both carry high-weight of 121 lbs. Chrome returns fresh from a second place finish behind Mor Spirit three weeks ago in the Grade 3, Sexton Mile. Trained by J. R. Caldwell, the four-year-old colt by Grasshopper out of Margarita Mistress by Naevus has drawn the outside. He is a multiple graded stakes winner with victories in the Grade 3 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs and the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby at Remington Park, both in 2016. His career record is 16-8-2-3, which has produced earnings of $887,962. Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. has the mount and a win would be his second Lone Star Park Handicap. He won previously aboard Master Rick in 2013.

Shotgun Kowboy owned and trained by C .R. Trout returns from a fourth place finish in the Sexton Mile. The five-year-old gelded son of Kodiak Kowboy, out of Shotgun Jane by Siphon, has one graded stakes victory, the 2015 edition of the Grade 3 Oklahoma Derby.  He has been assigned 4-1 on the morning line and will break from post position four. Luis Quinonez will ride.

The remaining two are from the stable of Steve Asmussen, also a National Museum of Racing Hall of Fame trainer and Lone Star Park’s all-time leader. In post three at 5-1 is Clark Brewster’s Neck ‘n Neck. The eight-year-old horse by Flower Alley, out of Bootery by Storm Boot, is the veteran of the field. He is a multiple graded stakes winner with career earnings of over $1.1 million. His last visit to the winner’s circle was in 2015 at Parx in the Grade 3 Greenwood Cup Stakes. In his 10 starts since, he was runner up five times and three times third. In his most recent start he placed four lengths behind winner American Dubai last month in the Sunland Park Handicap. Jockey Richard Eramia has been named to ride. A win by Neck ‘n Neck would be the second Lone Star Park Handicap victory each, for both trainer and jockey. Asmussen won the Handicap in 2013 with Master Rick and Eramia won the 2014 edition aboard Grand Contender.

The longest shot in the field at 20-1 is Carouse. The five-year-old gelded son of Curlin, out of Party Chatter by Pleasant Colony, was claimed for $10,000 at Keeneland last month by owner/trainer Steve Asmussen.  Current Lone Star Park leading rider Iram Diego guided Carouse to a win here at the Grand Prairie track two weeks ago in an optional claiming allowance. Diego will have the mount on Carouse again in this.

Gates open Sunday, May 28, at 1:30 p.m. First race post time is 2:35 p.m. General Admission is just $5 and General Parking is always free. 

Post time for the Lone Star Park Handicap is approximately 6:40 p.m. CDT.


Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and GG LSP. The track offers a 50-day 2017 Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 20 and concludes on Sunday, July 30.  Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 5:00 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 6, May 20 & June 10 which have a 1:35 p.m. start) and Sundays at 2:35 p.m. Live racing will be held on select Thursdays at 6:35 p.m. (April 20, June 15 & July 27). The racing program on Memorial Day, May 29, will start at 2:35 p.m. A special twilight program will be held at 5:00 p.m. both on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration). 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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