2009 Lone Star Derby Winner Mythical Power Favored in Saturday's Texas Mile at LSP

Grand Prairie, Texas (April 21, 2010) - Saturday’s 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile, for 3-year-olds and upward, features California invader Mythical Power, owned by Peachtree Stable and trained by Bob Baffert. A winner of two of eight starts with $462,040 in career earnings, the bay son of Congaree was a sharp winner of the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby in 2009 and has been installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for the Texas Mile by track oddsmaker Rick Lee.

“He’s been a little disappointing this year, but he’s been training really well lately and we’re looking for him to run much better on Saturday,” said Mythical Power’s trainer Bob Baffert, who trained two past Texas Mile winners -- Isitingood in 1997 and Preachinatthebar in 2006.

Euroears, owned by James and Marilyn Helzer and trained by Bret Calhoun, and 2009 Texas Mile winner Jonesboro, owned by Michael Langford and trained by Randy Morse, are two other contenders of note. Euroears is a winner of eight of 13 starts for $331,506 and is making his first start beyond 6 ½ furlongs in the Texas Mile. Jonesboro, who also finished second in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap last year, has recorded 14 wins from 46 starts with more than $1.5 million in earnings.

Scheduled as Race 9 on the 11-race program, the Grade 3 Texas Mile has an approximate post time of 5:19 p.m.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Jonesboro (Cliff Berry, 7-2); Mythical Power (Martin Garcia, 5-2); Euroears (Jamie Theriot, 3-1); Fifteen Love (Junior Chacaltana, 6-1); Harlan Street (Scott Spieth, 8-1); King Dan (Chris Landeros, 15-1); Star Guitar (Curt Bourque, 8-1); and Becky’s Express (Jeremy Collier, 30-1).

Deal Breaker Ships from Keeneland to Challenge 10 in Grand Prairie Turf Challenge Saturday

Deal Breaker, owned by Tony Lawlor and trained by Mike Mitchell, headlines a competitive field of 11 in the 14th running of the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, for 3-year-olds an up, to be run at one mile over turf on Saturday at Lone Star Park. A chestnut son of Night Shift, Deal Breaker ships in from Kentucky for trainer Mike Mitchell who has had his share of success in stakes races at Lone Start Park, including wins in the 2004 Texas Mile with Kela, the 2008 Dallas Turf Cup with Church Service, and the 2009 Richland Hills with Kays and Jays.

Deal Breaker, 8-5 in the morning line, is a winner of four of 22 career starts for $173,864 in earnings, and was last seen finishing second in an $80,000 optional claiming race at Keeneland on April 17, his first start since February 10 at Santa Anita. Martin Garcia, who will fly in to ride Mythical Power in the Texas Mile, has the mount.

Deal Breaker’s main competition could come from Fifteen Love, who is owned by Jose Luis Espinoza and trained by Jerenesto Torrez. The 5-year-old son of 2001 Horse of the Year Point Given will look to extend his current winning streak to three, which includes a victory in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup in his last on March 27 at Sam Houston Race Park.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Praderoso (Cliff Berry, 30-1); Angelonmyshoulder (Bobby Walker Jr., 6-1); Fifteen Love (Junior Chacaltana, 9-5); Deal Breaker (Martin Garcia, 8-5); Active Treasure (Luis Quinonez, 15-1); Doctor Brasch (Jamie Theriot, 10-1); Gold Wonder (Paul Nolan, 30-1); Gretsky (Larry Taylor, 6-1); Precious Colony (Chris Landeros, 12-1); Cape San Blas (Richard Eramia, 30-1); and Bronze Fox (Martin Escobar, 20-1).

Scheduled as Race 8 on the 11-race program, the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge has an approximate post time of 4:51 p.m

Hotlantic Eyes Repeat in Irving Distaff

The 14th Running of the $50,000 Irving Distaff for fillies and mares, 3-years-old and up, to be run at 7 1/2-furlongs over turf, has attracted a full field of 12, including 2009 Irving Distaff winner Hotlantic. A dark bay daughter of Stormy Atlantic, Hotlantic has recorded five wins from 27 starts for earnings of $172,951, and she’ll once again look to flaunt her sharp early speed in her bid to make every pole a winning one much the same way she did in 2009. She comes into the race off of a bullet work of 47.3 for four furlongs over a good track on April 20.

“She ran huge in this event last year and we kind of took it easy with her over the winter because opportunities for her over turf are limited,” said trainer Dallas Keen. “I was happy with her workout the other day and it helps that she drew post position one.”

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Hotlantic (Paul Nolan, 15-1); Bubbler (Eddie Martin Jr., 12-1); Category Seven (Richard Eramia, 3-1); Jehan (Martin Garcia, 5-2); Slide On Bye (Sidney LeJeune, 30-1); Dreamalong (Bobby Walker Jr., 15-1); Shine Softly (Chris Landeros, 20-1); Love to Tell (Luis Quinonez, 30-1); Dancin Perfect (Cliff Berry, 15-1); Hisse (Aaron Gryder, 6-1); Minute Limit (Jose Valdivia Jr., 7-2) and Warrior Maid (Curt Bourque, 30-1).

Scheduled as race 10 on the 11-race program, the Irving Distaff has an approximate post time of 5:47 p.m.

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