|Charming Socialite Wins $40,000
Gold Nugget Before Largest Crowd of Meet at Lone Star Park
(June 17, 2005) - Charming Socialite, ridden by Larry Taylor,
settled nicely off the pace and rallied in the stretch to defeat
Agrivating General by one length in Friday's $40,000 Gold Nugget
Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. As of 11 p.m.,
more than 20,000 fans - the largest crowd of the meet - were estimated
to be in attendance for a 10-race live program and a post-race concert
by popular country-rockers Cross Canadian Ragweed.
Charming Socialite, trained by Bill Pettit, who co-owns the horse
with Paul Sutton, ran 7 ½ furlongs on a firm turf course
in 1:30.74. He paid $10.20 to win as the 4-1 third wagering choice.
"I figured if he could settle early, we'd have a shot,"
Taylor said. "When I asked him to run, he took right off. The
race set up perfectly for him."
For Charming Socialite, it was his seventh victory - and fourth
stakes win - in 26 career starts. The $24,000 winner's share of
the purse boosted his career bankroll to $206,260. The 4-year-old
Texas-bred Sunny's Halo gelding is best known for upsetting top
sprinter Bwana Charlie last fall at Lone Star in the Alysheba Breeders'
Pettit suggested that Charming Socialite could resurface July 9
for a stakes race on the fifth annual Stars of Texas program.