|Old-Timer Lights On Broadway Wins
$50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial at Lone Star
(May 28, 2005) - Lights On Broadway, Texas' Horse of the Year
in 2001, still has what it takes to win stakes races at the age
of eight. The popular gelding rolled to a 1 ¼-length win
over Charming Socialite in Saturday's $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr.
Memorial Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas, for his
12 victory in 55 career starts.
The $30,000 winner's share of the purse boosted his lifetime earnings
over the half-million mark to $522,480.
Lights On Broadway, ridden by Jeremy Beasley, ran six furlongs on
a sloppy main track in 1:09.24 and paid $10.80 to win. It was his
fifth career stakes win and first since he won the 2002 Premiere
Stakes at Lone Star with Hall of Fame jockey Jerry Bailey aboard.
Two races ago on April 20, Lights On Broadway was claimed off of
longtime trainer "Bubba" Cascio for $20,000 by owner Adam
Lewis and trainer Chris Hartman. He won the race, which was his
first trip to the winner's circle in three years.
"We feel very blessed to have this horse," said Hartman,
a New Mexico-based horseman who is stabling at Lone Star Park for
the first time this year. "We won a [two-way] shake on him."
Unlike any race in the past two years, Lights On Broadway tracked
a length behind early pacesetters Smile Away and Agrivating General
through fractions of :22.06 and :44.53. He moved wide on the turn
for home and took over at the top of the stretch under strong handling
"I've got to take my hat off to Lights On Broadway,"
Beasley said. "He showed the youngsters that he still has what
it takes to beat 'em. You know, he put me where I wanted to be.
I was pretty much a passenger on a jet airplane. I sat back in the
bridle, he picked his head up and he took off with me. He put me
in a position that was a little unexpected to me because he was
dragging me the whole way versus stalking like he normally does."
Smile Away finished 2 ¼ lengths behind runner-up Charming
Socialite. Favored R B J's Blaze, East Texas Red and Agrivating
General completed the order of finish.