||Solar Charge Wears Downs Triumph and Song for the Victory in the 18th Premiere Stakes at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Thursday, April 10, 2014) - Solar Charge, after three unsuccessful attempts this year, was able to wear down rival Triumph and Song in tonight's 18th running of the $50,000 Premiere Stakes on opening night of the 2014 Spring Thoroughbred Racing Season at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Credit the extra distance? Perhaps it was the catalyst that enabled the seven-year-old gelding by Authenticate to gain on the tiring favorite, Triumph and Song. Perhaps the credit belongs to the determination of winning rider, Glen Murphy.
Solar Charge raced off the pace early gaining on the tired leader, taking the lead inside the sixteenth pole and moving clear under strong urging.
"We were happy with the extra furlong," said winning trainer Ellen Williams. "It gave us just a little extra time to run those early runners down."
Solar Charge earned $30,000 for the win in the Premiere increasing his lifetime earnings to $427,109. It was his 15th win from 49 lifetime starts. For those who invested, he returned $9.40, $3.20 and $2.20. Runner-up Triumph and Song returned $2.20, $2.10, and Gold Element paid $2.40 for show. Call Me Mr Special, Circustown Flyer and Lesis More completed the order of finish.
Live racing continues tomorrow, Friday, April 11. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. The first of nine live races is scheduled to go off at 6:35 p.m.