Lone Star Million Preview Day Features Three Undercard Preps for May 26 Lone Star Million

(April 24, 2008) - In addition to the $300,000 Grade 3 Texas Mile, the featured race of Lone Star Million Preview Day, there will be three $50,000 stakes on the 11-race card that begins at 1:35 p.m. on Saturday, April 26. Following are advances on those three stakes -- Irving Distaff, Grand Prairie Turf Challenge and Richland Hills Stakes.

Barebetter Seeks Back-to-Back Wins in Irving Distaff

Trainer Danny Pish will send out Barbette in the 12th running of the $50,000 Irving Distaff scheduled to be run at seven-and-one-half furlongs over turf on Saturday at Lone Star Park. Fresh off her victory in the $50,000 Jersey Lily Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, Barbette will attempt to win her second straight stakes race and the third of her career.

"Ever since we got her back this year, she's just trained really well," said Pish. "She's very businesslike in her preparation, and it's been business as usual for her coming into this race."

A competitive renewal of the Irving Distaff, Barbette is set to face ten rivals including the Steve Asmussen-trained My Three Sisters, a stakes winning mare who has finished first or second in 14 of 31 starts, and the Dallas Keen-conditioned Elliecat, a stakes winning mare who was a sharp runner-up in her most recent start in a turf stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Jenz Benz (Jeremy Collier, 20-1); Coach Mike (Diego Saenz, 20-1); Rice 'n Spice (Justin Shepherd, 12-1); Barbette (Quincy Hamilton, 4-1); Mystic Soul (Eddie Martin Jr., 20-1); Emma Grace (Larry Taylor, 20-1); Miss Peachtree (Bobby Walker Jr., 8-1); My Three Sisters (Shaun Bridgmohan, 7-2); Elliecat (Jose Figueroa, 9-2); Tears I Cry (Cliff Berry, 5-1); and Hartfelt (Eguard Tejera, 6-1).

Miss Missile Looks to Bounce Back in Richland Hills Stakes

Miss Missile, a winner of six of 14 career starts, including two of three starts at Lone Star Park, will take on nine rivals in the 12th running of the $50,000 Richland Hills Stakes for 3-year-old fillies to be run at six furlongs on Saturday.

A multiple stakes winner with earnings of $233,688, Miss Missile was last seen finishing third in the $72,000 Green Oaks Stakes at Delta Downs.

"We tried to stretch her out in distance in her last two starts, but she just doesn't seem to want to run that far," said her trainer Charles Smith. "We've freshened her up a bit and she's about the best we've ever had her right now. She looks like she's ready to roll."

A race that runs deep in contention, the Richland includes multiple stakes winner Valid Lilly and a promising lightly raced filly named Twisted Tale, both conditioned by Lone Star Park's all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen. Also of note, the Bret Calhoun-trained Timely Reflection, a stakes winner over turf, and the Alan Love-trained Ruffaroundtheedges, a sharp allowance winner over the Lone Star Park main track on April 12.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Donnie's Secret (Eddie Martin Jr., 20-1); Deputy Etbauer (Cliff Berry, 20-1); Uno Mas Promesa (Glen Murphy, 20-1); Fleetful Cat (Quincy Hamilton, 15-1); Dixie Duces (Eguard Tejera, 30-1); Valid Lilly (Luis Quinonez, 5-1); Timely Reflection (Bobby Walker Jr., 7-2); Ruffaroundtheedges (Justin Shepherd, 4-1); Twisted Tale (Shaun Bridgmohan, 3-1); and Miss Missile (Richard Eramia, 9-2).

Bullet Brew Sets Sights on Third Straight in Grand Prairie Turf Challenge

Trainer Steve Asmussen will send out Bullet Brew in the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds to be run at one mile over the Lone Star Park turf course on Saturday. A sharp winner in his only turf start, Bullet Brew will be after his third straight win while attempting to secure his first stakes victory.

"His one turf start was a visually impressive performance and we're looking forward to seeing him run on Saturday," said Asmussen.

Eleven rivals have signed on to challenge Bullet Brew, including stablemate Celina Slew. Untested over turf, Celina Slew will be coupled in the wagering with Bullet Brew. Pursue a Dream, trained by John Locke and a winner of two of three turf starts, and the Bruce Jackson-trained Red Bird's Magician, a stakes winner over turf are also signed on to challenge Bullet Brew.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Justaclown (Glen Murphy 12-1); Lee's Spirit (Eguard Tejera, 15-1); Centaurea (Martin Escobar, 8-1); Bullet Brew (Shaun Bridgmohan, 2-1); Celina Slew (Luis Quinonez, 2-1); Pursue a Dream (Martin Escobar, 8-1); Cape Time (Cliff Berry, 8-1); Turnleftatthelight (Justin Shepherd, 30-1); Repent Pardner (Jeremy Collier, 7-2); My Angel (Martin Escobar, 20-1); Red Birds Magician (Richard Eramia, 9/2); and Pete's Pride (Filemon Rodriguez, 20-1).

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