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. CT.

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. 3.

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.

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