SPEED RULES IN GRADE 3, $200,000 STEVE SEXTON MILE
For Immediate Release
Sunday, May 6, 2018
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (May 6, 2018) – Charles E. Fipke’s Bee Jersey (Jersey Town) became a graded stakes winner with his 5 ½ length victory in the Grade 3, $200,000 Steve Sexton Mile at Lone Star Park defeating Girvin (Tale of Ekati), a Grade 1 winner of $1.59 million.
Jockey Ricardo Santana, Jr. took the four-year-old chestnut colt straight to the lead where he set the pace and was never contested, crossing the wire for the mile race in 1:36.78. Second placed Girvin fell in behind rivals where he stayed until passing some on the outside through the far turn, was set down wide into the stretch, but was only able to take second a length in front of Shotgun Kowboy (Kodiak Kowboy) who tracked the pace throughout behind the winner.
Bee Jersey, trained by Hall of Famer, Steve Asmussen improved his career record to 9-4-3-1 and earnings to $326,293.
Bee Jersey was the betting favorite at 1.10-1 and returned $4.20, $2.60 and $2.10. Girvin returned $3.20 and $2.20. Shotgun Kowboy returned $2.20. The remaining order of finish was Futile, South Beach, Oh So Regal and Franco in order.
Post-race quotes from Steve Sexton Mile
Winning trainer – Hall of Famer, Steve Asmussen
“I think he’s just another example of the Fipke breeding program and success it’s had over the past few years. We feel he’s possibly in the same caliber as Jersey Town, another good grade 1 miler. I was looking at the time and this was probably the slowest quarter he’s run for us, but I think the final time was pretty good for the track today. It meant a lot to win the Steve Sexton Mile, being here at Lone Star since it’s started and everything that Lone Star means to me.”
Winning jockey – Ricardo Santana, Jr.
“He’s an amazing horse. He broke really good from the gate and I took the lead nice and comfortable.”
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and Global Gaming LSP. The track offers a 44-day 2018 Thoroughbred Season, which opens Thursday, April 19 and concludes on Sunday, July 22. Live racing will be held three days a week, Friday at 6:35 p.m., Saturday at 2:35 p.m. (except Triple Crown Days May 5, May 19 & June 9 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 19, May 24, June 21 & July 19). A special twilight program will be held at 5:00 p.m. both on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, 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.