Country Chicks Man Heads Saturday's Burnett Handicap at Lone Star at Lone Star Park

(Friday, October 14, 2005) - Multiple Grade 3 stakes winner Country Chicks Man is the 5-2 morning line favorite for Saturday's $20,000 Burnett Handicap, a 350-yard dash for older Quarter Horses at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. The Burnett will run as Race 12 at approximately 9:57 p.m. CT on a 13-race program that begins at 5 p.m. CT.

Country Chicks Man, a 4-year-old owned, bred and trained by Sparky Mullins, has won three of six starts this year and five of 22 overall. Two starts ago, the Oklahoma-bred suffered a narrow loss to Fast Talkin Val in the Grade 1 MBNA America Texas Challenge. Earlier in the year, he registered back-to-back Grade 3 wins over 400 yards at Remington Park in April's Eastex Handicap and May's Sooner State Stakes.

Country Chicks Man, to be ridden by Jacky Martin, has career earnings of $151,224 - tops in the field.

Here's the Burnett Handicap field from the rail out (with jockeys and morning line odds): My Great Gatsby (Randy Wilson, 10-1), Kito Me (Jose Alvarez, 20-1), Twelves Gentleman (Raul Ramirez Jr., 9-2), Apollo by Em (Rodrigo Vallejo, 5-1), Magic Jess Perry (Martin Rubalcava, 3-1), Fast Man Dasher (Adalberto Candanosa, 20-1), Ronas Wind Dancer (Jose Vega, 4-1) and Country Chicks Man (Martin, 5-2).

DOWN THE STRETCH - According to the on-site medical team, jockey Cody Smith appeared to sustain a broken right collarbone in Thursday's ninth race when his mount Jitters Suspect suddenly fell just yards before the finish. Smith was transported to Methodist Hospital in Dallas, and no further update was available at press time. Attempts to save Jitters Suspect were unsuccessful after is was discovered that he sustained a serious broken hip...Irish-based 3-year-old filly Luas Line has returned to the U.S. for Saturday's Grade I, $500,000 Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup, a 1 1/8-mile turf test for 3-year-old fillies at Keeneland. The fourth-place finisher in the American Oaks and powerful winner of the Grade 1 Garden City Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont is hoping to use Saturday's race as a springboard to the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf two weeks later...Also on tap Saturday is the 20th Maryland Million, a 12-race program worth $1.17 million from Laurel Park. Plus, Calder Race Course will host the $1.6 million Festival of the Sun, featuring the Grade III Calder Derby, the Grade III Spend a Buck Handicap, $400,000 In Reality and $400,000 My Dear Girl. The Calder Derby is one of three graded stakes Saturday for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf. The other two are the Grade II, $150,000 Oak Tree Derby at Santa Anita and the Grade III, $250,000 Hawthorne Derby in Illinois...Lone Star Park's Post Time Pavilion opens at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday and 10:50 a.m. on Sunday...Saturday night's Heineken "Party at the Park" will feature country music by King Cone & The Tailgate Philharmonic in the Courtyard of Champions from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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