Mythical Power
-photo by Lone Star Park

Mythical Power
-photo by Lone Star Park

Deal Breaker
-photo by Lone Star Park

-photo by Lone Star Park
Mythical Power Wins Texas Mile in front of 18,232, Becomes First Horse Ever to Win LSP Derby and Texas Mile

Grand Prairie, Texas (April 24, 2010) - Peachtree Stables Mythical Power, trained by Bob Baffert, relentlessly pursued the Bret Calhoun-trained Euroears through the Lone Star Park stretch before wearing that rival down to prove best in the 14th running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile, for 3-year-olds and upward, over a fast main track in front of 18,232 at Lone Star Park on Saturday. It was the third highest Texas Mile Day attendance in track history.

Combined with his 2009 Lone Star Derby win, Mythical Power became the first horse in Lone Star Park history to win both the Derby and the Texas Mile.

With Martin Garcia aboard, the bay son of Congaree was sharp from the gate and settled into ideal position early on while tracking the pacesetting Euroears through fractions of :23.81, :47.21, and 1:11.23. It took the length of the stretch to determine the winner with Mythical Power stopping the timer in 1:35.71 for the one-mile journey. Euroears finished a neck behind in second and it was 3 ½ lengths back to Fifteen Love in third.

“I just let him break comfortable and he settled nicely into second position early on,” said winning jockey Martin Garcia. “I thought I had a lot of horse to go after the leader, and when he kicked on, my horse really dug in.”

With the win, Mythical Power improved his race record to three wins from nine starts and two-for-two at Lone Star Park. The $119,000 winner’s share of the purse increased Mythical Power’s career earnings to $581,040.

Mythical Power paid $5.40, $4.00, $3.40, runner-up Euroears returned $5.40, $4.00, and Fifteen Love paid $4.20 for show. Star Guitar, Harlan Street, King Dan, and Jonesboro completed the order of finish.

Deal Breaker Rallies to Win $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge

James Ukegawa’s Deal Breaker, trained by Mike Mitchell and ridden by Martin Garcia, rallied three wide into the stretch before surging to the lead near the sixteenth pole to win the 14th running of the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, for 3-year-olds and up, run at a mile over a firm turf course on Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Deal Breaker finished 2 ¼ lengths ahead of Precious Colony in second and paid $3.60, $2.80 and $2.40.

Bubbler Overcomes Trouble to Take $50,000 Irving Distaff

Du-Zee Stables’ Bubbler (# 2), trained by Bret Calhoun, overcame an awkward, bumpy start to win the 14th Running of the $50,000 Irving Distaff, for fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, over a firm turf course at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

With Eddie Martin, Jr. in the irons, the dark bay daughter of Distorted Humor broke outwardly at the start then settled in behind leader Hotlantic before taking the lead in the upper stretch. Bubbler held off the late charge of 51-1 long shot Slide on Bye to win by ¾ of a length while stopping the teletimer at 1:28.58 for the 7 ½ furlongs.

Bubbler paid $10.60, $6.60 and $4.80.

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