||Trials for Lone Star Park's $1 Million Grade 1 Texas Classic Futurity Have Attracted 158 Two-Year-Olds
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Friday, October 23, 2015) - A chance to run for a piece of the $1 million estimated purse of the Grade 1, Texas Classic Futurity, annually the richest horse race run in Texas, has lured 158 entrants on Saturday. To accommodate them all, 16 trial heats at 400 yards will be held. The fastest 10 runners of the night will advance to the Futurity final, to be run Saturday, November 14, closing night of the 2015 Fall Meeting of Champions at Lone Star Park.
Because of the large number of races Saturday, October 24, gates will open early at 4:00 p.m., and first race post time is scheduled for 5:05 p.m.
Terry Stennett's Grade 1 Rainbow Futurity winner Tres Friends has drawn in to Race 8. Trained by Trey Wood, the Tres Seis gelding out of the First Down Dash mare Lotta Love for Robyn is just one of 14 entered in the trials Saturday by the top trainer. His regular rider, Ricky Ramirez, will retain the mount.
Sleepy Gilbreath is sending Sky Bo Dash, owned by Bobby Simmons. The gelding by Bodacious Dash out of Sky Chicks by Chicks Beduino won his All American Futurity trial under Champion jockey G. R. Carter, Jr. by an astounding three and a quarter lengths. He then came back to place fifth in the Futurity under veteran jockey Larry Payne. For this, he switches back to the services of G. R. Carter, Jr.
J & M Racing & Farm's runner up in the Dash for Cash Futurity, Ferarri Gt, is in the final trial of the night. Champion Trainer Paul C. Jones conditions the Pyc Paint Your Wagon gelding, who is out of Ferarri Fast Prize by Mr Jess Perry. Jockey Salvador Martinez will ride.
Wrangler Racing Ace Martha Claussen
The American Quarter Horse Association's Wrangler Racing Ace Martha Claussen will be on hand again this Saturday to share her expert handicapping tips and advice on picking some winners of the 16 trial races scheduled. She will also team up with Lone Star Park's own handicapping expert, Rick Lee, for a pre-race handicapping seminar on the first level of the grandstand. The seminar begins at 4:10 p.m. and it's free to all interested fans.
Breeders' Cup Preview Party
On Saturday, October 24, make plans to be at the Bar & Book to receive expert analysis on the Breeders' Cup races from our panel. Plus, the first 200 in attendance will receive one (1) free Daily Racing Form: Breeders' Cup Advance Edition! It all begins at 10:30 a.m. Panel Includes:
Ticket Personality - Norm Hitzges
Award-Winning Turf Writer - Gary West
Track Handicapper - Rick Lee
Track Announcer - John Lies
Additional Notes: Beginning Thursday, October 29, and for the remainder of the current season, track announcer Jim Byers will return to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie to call all the action while subbing for John Lies, the voice of the track since 2005. Lies is scheduled to return to Del Mar in California to resume his role as TVG simulcast host for its upcoming fall meet. A seasoned veteran, Byers called the second night of this season, as well as the final four days of the Thoroughbred meet in July. Live racing will continue through Saturday, November 14 this meet, including the Bank of America Challenge Championships on November 6 and 7, and the Grade 1, $1 million Estimated, Texas Classic Futurity on closing night.