|Gray Invasion Dominates JEH Stallion Station Handicap at LSP
(Saturday, November 3, 2007) - Veteran Quarter Horse Gray
Invasion collected the ninth stakes win of his career with a dominating
one-length score over Hesa Reckless Man and Cash At the Line in
Saturday night's $20,000 JEH Stallion Station Handicap at Lone Star
Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Owned by Claudio Aguilar and trained by Bobby Touchet, Gray Invasion
covered the demanding 550-yard distance in :27.34, which was awarded
a Speed Index of 99. Leading jockey Arturo Puga rode the winner
and notched his first stakes win of the meeting.
For Gray Invasion, an 8-year-old gelded son of Chicks Beduino out
of the Timeto Thinkrich mare Gislin, it was his fourth stakes victory
at the 550-yard distance.
The Texas-bred earned $12,600 for the triumph and boosted his career
bankroll to $323,486. Gray Invasion has won three of his six starts
this year. Overall, he has won 15 of 47 starts since his career
bow in April 2001.
Gray Invasion was the odds-on 2-5 favorite in the field of six
horses and paid $2.80 to win. Hesa Reckless Man and Cash At the
Line finished in a dead heat for second, followed by Dash On Line,
Grooviest and Can Straw Fly.
Later on the program, Julie Irwin-Cotton's Check On Chico proved
he was the fastest horse in the Lone Star Park stable area with
a neck victory over Martha O Toole in the world's shortest stakes
race, the $15,000 Gridiron Gallop Handicap. The 3-year-old gelding,
conditioned by leading trainer Judd Kearl, clocked 100 yards in
:06.53 under Rodrigo Vallejo, who won the 2005 Gridiron Gallop with
Streakin Ahoy. Check On Chico paid $10.20 to win and improved his
career record to six wins and $126,959 from 15 starts.
FUTURITY TRIALS HIGHLIGHT PAINT HORSE "FAMILY
NIGHT AT THE RACES" - The American Paint Horse
Association, in conjunction with Paint Racing News, will stage its
first ever "Family Night at the Races" at Lone Star Park
on Saturday, Nov. 10. The event will coincide with trial races for
the $65,000-estimated Lone Star Park Paint and Appaloosa Futurity.
The APHA's mascot "Paint Horse Pete" will be on hand at
a special booth inside the East Gate entrance to giveaway a special
Paint racing souvenir to the first 100 visitors. All children can
receive coloring sheets, temporary Paint Horse tattoos, educational
material and other goodies, too. For more information, contact Alisha
Smith at (817) 834-2742 ext. 220.
B.F. PHILLIPS JR. HANDICAP, TWO ARABIAN STAKES SATURDAY
NIGHT - In addition to trials for the Lone Star Park
Paint and Appaloosa Futurity, the Saturday, Nov. 10 racing program
will feature the 10th running of the $30,000 B.F. Phillips Jr. Handicap
and two new six-furlong stakes for Texas-bred Arabians. The Phillips,
a restricted Grade 3 event for Texas-breds over 440 yards, lured
13 nominees, including last year's third place finisher Ida Snow
Man, the 126-pound highweight. Also eligible: Jodys Funny Face (124),
Ronas Wind Dancer (124), Wassup T Doc (124), Cash At the Line (123),
Imazoomertoo (123), Mr Valuable (123), Shake Em Fever (123), Sin
Tacha Perry (123), Im Bionic (122), BK Gone Gray (121), Surprisingly
Special (121) and Royal Killer (120). Entries will be taken Wednesday.
The two Arabian stakes are the $15,000-added Cassels Bruczest Arabian
for Texas-bred 3-year-olds and the $10,000-added H F Orzonna Arabian
for Texas-bred 3-year-old fillies.
NOVEMBER IS PEPSI CAN MONTH - Customers
who bring a can of Pepsi to Lone Star Park's grandstand admission
gates throughout the month of November will receive a Lone Star
Park "Track Pack" good for $1 general admission and a
free large Pepsi. The offer is only valid at grandstand admission
gates during live racing through Dec. 1.
$590,500 PICK 6 WITH MANDATORY PAYOUT TOPS CLOSING
DAY CARD AT OAK TREE - Sunday's closing day program
for the Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting will feature a $590,500
Pick 6 carryover with a mandatory payout. The pool could easily
swell beyond $2.5 million and get close to $3 million by post time
of the fifth race, which kicks off the sequence. Sunday's first
race at Santa Anita is 2 p.m. CT, with the Pick 6 (Races 5-10) scheduled
to begin at approximately 4:02 p.m. CT. Santa Anita's Race 8 is
the Grade II, $150,000 Las Palmas Handicap for fillies and mares
at one mile on turf. Aqueduct's program includes the Grade III,
$100,000 Turnback the Alarm Handicap (Race 8 at 2:44 p.m. CT), a
1 1/8-mile test for fillies and mares headed by Sugar Shake. Aqueduct
and Suffolk Downs canceled their Saturday programs due to high winds.
FAIR DINKUM: MELBOURNE CUP MONDAY NIGHT
- Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie will import Australia's most famous
horse race, the Group 1, $4.1 million Emirates Melbourne Cup from
Flemington Race Course on Monday night. First run in 1861, the two-mile
turf test will be contested for the 146th time, and has attracted
a field of 24, including Master O'Reilly-NZ, the Luca Cumani-trained
Purple Moon-IRE, Zipping-AUS and the Aidan O'Brien-trained Mahler-GB.
Master O'Reilly is the 7-2 morning favorite after a dominating 2
¼-length win against 15 rivals two weeks ago in the Group
1 BMW Caulfield Cup Handicap at 1 ½ miles. The 5-year-old
gelding will attempt to join Gurner's Lane (1982), Let's Elope (1991),
Doriemus (1995), Might and Power (1997) and Ethereal (2001) as the
sixth horse in the last 25 years to pull off the remarkable Caulfield
Cup-Melbourne Cup double. Monday's first race from Flemington is
5:20 p.m. CT and the Melbourne Cup will run as Race 7A at 10 p.m.
SPECIAL ELECTION DAY RACING AT CHURCHILL DOWNS ON TUESDAY
- Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky. will run a special Election
Day racing program on Tuesday. The 10-race card will begin at 11:40
a.m. CT. Lone Star Park's Post Time Pavilion will open its doors
at 10:25 a.m.
HOLLYWOOD PARK OPENS WEDNESDAY - The
Southern California racing circuit shifts to Hollywood Park in Inglewood
on Wednesday for the start of the 32-date Autumn Meet. Highlights
include the 16th Turf Festival over Thanksgiving weekend and the
Grade I, $750,000 CashCall Futurity, which is scheduled for closing
day on Dec. 22. Racing will take place Wednesday-Sunday at 2:30
p.m. CT, except Friday nights, which have a post time of 9:05 p.m.
CT. Also opening Wednesday is Golden Gate in Northern California,
which will feature the debut of its synthetic Tapeta racing surface.
Racing is scheduled Wednesday-Sunday at 2:45 p.m. CT through Feb.
WEEKEND SIMULCASTS - Featured simulcasts
for the weekend of Nov. 10-11 include a pair of Grade II, $150,000
turf stakes on Saturday: the 1 3/8-mile Red Smith Handicap for older
horses at Aqueduct and the 1 1/16-mile Mrs. Revere Stakes for 3-year-old
fillies at Churchill Downs. Saturday also is Florida Million Day
at Calder Race Course, a day entire devoted to Florida-breds. On
Sunday, Churchill Downs will card the $150,000 Commonwealth Turf
Stakes for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles; Zia Park will stage the
$1.6 million New Mexico Cup for New Mexico-breds; and Aqueduct will
card its annual New York Stallion Series for New York-breds. The
featured Quarter Horse simulcast is Saturday night's Grade 1, $500,000
Los Alamitos Super Derby for 3-year-olds at 400 yards.
GOING, GOING, GONE - In addition to the
Oak Tree at Santa Anita meeting, Delaware Park and Hastings Race
Course will wrap up their respective seasons on Sunday. Great Lakes
Downs and harness racing at Colonial Downs concludes Tuesday. Suffolk
Downs and The Meadowlands wind down on Saturday, Nov. 10.
14 TO GO - Only 14 live racing dates,
or four weeks, remain at Lone Star Park's Fall Meeting of Champions.
Closing night is Saturday, Dec. 1. Racing resumes Wednesday night
at 6:35 p.m. CT with a nine-race program.