||Pin Oak Stud to Sponsor Lone Star Park's
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie and Pin Oak Stud
of Versailles, Kentucky, have agreed terms on a three-year sponsorship
deal to rename the USA Stakes to the Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes. Terms of
the agreement were not disclosed.
The $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds,
will be run for the eighth time on Memorial Day, May 31, as part of Lone
Star Park’s sixth annual Lone Star Million – a seven-race
stakes bonanza cumulatively worth $1 million. The remaining Lone Star
Park stakes schedule for 2004 will be announced after the first of the
Pin Oak Stud, a successful breeding and racing operation for 50 years,
is owned by native Texan Josephine Abercrombie. Stallions standing at
her farm, managed by Clifford Barry, include multiple stakes winner Broken
Vow ($10,000 live foal), Champion 2-Year-Old Colt Maria’s Mon ($35,000),
Canadian Horse of the Year Peaks and Valleys ($10,000), four-time Champion
Sky Classic ($12,500) and Changeintheweather ($7,500), a new addition
who is a son of Gone West. In addition, Pin Oak mares have produced more
than 70 stakes winners over the years.
“As a native Texan, I am extremely proud to be associated with
a first-class operation like Lone Star Park,” Abercrombie said.
“This is an exciting time with the Breeders’ Cup on the horizon,
and we look forward to working together for many years to come.”
In 2003, Abercrombie won with four of 17 starters and $144,915 (ranked
13th among all owners) at Lone Star Park, including the $100,000 Valid
Expectation Stakes with See How She Runs, a Donnie K. Von Hemel trainee.