|Bob and John is 6-5 Favorite for
Saturday's Grade III, $300,000 Texas Mile at LSP
(April 26, 2007) - Bob and John, the 2006 Wood Memorial winner
who'll make his first start in 238 days, landed post position No.
5 for his 4-year-old debut and was made the 6-5 morning line favorite
in Saturday's Grade III, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park in
Grand Prairie, Texas.
The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up is the richest horse race
in North America this weekend and one of four stakes races on Lone
Star Park's 11-race card, billed as Lone Star Million Preview Day.
Each stakes event is a prelude to lucrative races that will comprise
the ninth annual Lone Star Million on Memorial Day, Monday, May
Bob and John, the $701,330-earner conditioned by three-time Kentucky
Derby-winning trainer Bob Baffert, arrived at Lone Star Park at
11 a.m. Thursday following a flight from Southern California, and
was bedded down in stall 37 at trainer Bret Calhoun's Barn D1. The
colt hasn't raced since finishing second to Cindago in the $106,300
El Cajon Stakes at Del Mar on Labor Day weekend, nearly eight months
"He's ready," said Baffert, a 12-time Lone Star Park
stakes winner, including two Texas Miles (the inaugural 1997 edition
with Isitingood and last year's renewal with Preachinatthebar).
"I thought this would be a logical spot to bring him back because
he's been training well and he ships extremely well."
Bob and John is campaigned by Houston Texans owners Bob and Janice
McNair, who race their horses as Stonerside Stable. Baffert and
Stonerside racing manager John Adger will be in attendance Saturday,
while the McNairs tend to this weekend's NFL Draft (the Texans have
the 10th overall pick). "Bob has HRTV in his office at Reliant
Stadium, so I'm sure he'll try to squeeze the race in if he can,"
Five years ago, Baffert and the McNairs brought another Wood Memorial
champ to Lone Star Park for his 4-year-old debut when Congaree prevailed
in the 2002 Lone Star Park Handicap under Pat Day. On Saturday,
Santa Anita riding champ Victor Espinoza, a three-time Lone Star
Park stakes winner, has the call on Bob and John.
Bob and John will be tested by Silent Pleasure, who has won three
consecutive stakes by open lengths for Louisiana-based trainer Howard
Scarberry. The 4-year-old colt won back-to-back stakes at Delta
Downs - the $73,500 Delta Mile by seven lengths and the $97,000
Gulf Coast Classic Stakes by 2 ¼ -- before traveling to Oaklawn
Park for a two-length score in the $100,000 Fifth Season Stakes
on April 12.
Also entered is the Steve Asmussen-trained Stockholder, the two-time
stakes winner who was beaten only a neck by Preachinatthebar in
last year's Texas Mile, and Wait in Line, an impressive 2 ¾-length
winner of a conditioned allowance at Lone Star Park two weeks ago
for trainer Chris Hartman. Last year, Wait in Line hit the board
in three local stakes, including a runner-up effort to Wanna Runner
in the Grade III Lone Star Derby.
Dreamsandvisions also will give the Texas Mile a go. The 5-year-old
gelding was a two-length winner of the seven-furlong Spring Stakes
at Sam Houston on March 17 - his fifth career stakes victory for
Bloomberg, Texas residents Steven and Sandra Duke, who purchased
the horse as a 2-year-old for just $2,500. In his only Lone Star
Park appearance, Dreamsandvisions rallied to win last summer's $75,000
Assault Stakes by 2 ¾ lengths on Stars of Texas Day.
The field is rounded out by Ernest Jeanmard's 50-1 longshot maiden
Ramachi Six, who hails from the David Beck barn. Louisiana-based
Beck, a 30-year-old who has never saddled a horse into a top three
position in 24 career starts as a trainer, also entered Jeanmard's
first-time starter, 3-year-old filly One Quick Chick, in the Richland
Hills Stakes. They will be Beck's first starters since 2001.
The complete field, from the rail out, for the 11th running of
the Texas Mile, which will be run as Race 10 at approximately 5:47
p.m. CT (with jockey, trainer, weight and morning line odds): Ramachi
Six (Patrick Boxie, David Beck, 116, 50-1); Dreamsandvisions (John
Jacinto, Steven Duke, 118, 12-1); Silent Pleasure (Tracy Hebert,
Howard Scarberry, 120, 9-5); Wait in Line (Glen Murphy, Chris Hartman,
116, 8-1); Bob and John (Victor Espinoza, Bob Baffert, 118, 6-5);
and Stockholder (Luis Quinonez, Steve Asmussen, 118, 4-1).
Past winners of the Texas Mile are Isitingood (1997), Littlebitlively
(1998-99), Sir Bear (2000), Dixie Dot Com (2001), Unrullah Bull
(2002), Bluesthestandard (2003), Kela (2004), High Strike Zone (2005)
and Preachinatthebar (2006). Bluesthestandard is the only favorite
Down the Stretch
Going Ballistic, winner of the El Joven Stakes and Remington Park
MEC Mile as a 2-year-old, will return to the turf for Saturday's
$60,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge. The Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained
colt will meet 9 ¼-length allowance winner Makeithapencaptain,
Zia Park stakes winner and El Joven runner-up Western Prize and
Delta Downs stakes winner Beta Capo. The seven-horse field for the
Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds
to be run as Race 7 at approximately 4:23 p.m. CT (with jockey,
trainer, weight and morning line odds): Spoonerism (Justin Shepherd,
Danny Pish, 116, 15-1); Beta Capo (Luis Quinonez, Steve Asmussen,
123, 9-2); Western Prize (Victor Espinoza, Asmussen, 118, 4-1);
Mr. Unstoppable (Bobby Walker Jr., Bret Calhoun, 116, 12-1); Strong
City (Quincy Hamilton, Donnie K. Von Hemel, 116, 20-1); Makeithapencaptain
(Ramsey Zimmerman, Bret Calhoun, 118, 3-1); and Going Ballistic
(Cliff Berry, Donnie K. Von Hemel, 118, 8-5). The Grand Prairie
Turf Challenge serves as local prelude to the $100,000 Pin Oak Stud
USA Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds on Lone Star
Million Day (Monday, May 28). Last year's winner Kip Deville has
since gone on to become a Grade I winner and one of North America's
premier turf milers . . .
Richwoman, winner of the Grade III Debutante at Churchill Downs
as a 2-year-old, will face five-time stakes winner and reigning
Texas-bred Champion 2-Year-Old Filly Wrenice in the $50,000 Richland
Hills Stakes, a six-furlong sprint for 3-year-old fillies. The seven-horse
field, to be run as Race 8 at approximately 4:51 p.m. CT (with jockey,
trainer, weight and morning line odds): Richwoman (Luis Quinonez,
Steve Asmussen, 118, 7-5); She's Outrageous (Ramsey Zimmerman, Chris
Hartman, 116, 8-1); Spartan Queen (Victor Espinoza, Asmussen, 120,
4-1); One Quick Chick (Patrick Boxie, David Beck, 116, 50-1); Wrenice
(Bobby Walker Jr., Randy Mayfield, 123, 9-5); Shirley's Brittney
(Justin Shepherd, Brent Morris, 118, 30-1); and Waterloo Slew (Cliff
Berry, C.R. Trout, 120, 10-1). The Richland Hills Stakes is often
a local steppingstone to the $100,000 Stonerside Stakes, a seven-furlong
sprint for 3-year-old fillies on Lone Star Million Day (Monday,
May 28) . . .
The Morris Nicks-trained Carolina Sky, a winner of five straight
races in 2006 including two stakes at Louisiana Downs, heads the
$60,000 Irving Distaff, a two-turn 7 ½-furlong grass for
fillies and mares. Also entered is the Al Stall Jr.-trained Cross
and stakes winners D Fine Okie, Palace Rumor and Wild Encounter.
The 12-horse field, to be run as Race 9 at approximately 5:19 p.m.
CT (with jockey, trainer, weight and morning line odds): Not in
My House (Larry Taylor, Mike Mareina, 114, 30-1); My Three Sisters
(Luis Quinonez, Steve Asmussen, 118, 12-1); Carolina Sky (Victor
Espinoza, Morris Nicks, 118, 3-1); Cape Sunset (Justin Shepherd,
Cody Autrey, 116, 15-1); D Fine Okie (Don Pettinger, Donnie K. Von
Hemel, 118, 9-2); Wild Encounter (Cliff Berry, Michelle Lovell,
118, 8-1); Jubilee (Glen Murphy, Chris Hartman, 118, 15-1); Homemaker
(Richard Eramia, Bill Leach, 123, 20-1); Palace Rumor (Bobby Walker
Jr., Burl McBride, 118, 5-1); Cross (Ramsey Zimmerman, Al Stall
Jr., 118, 4-1); Gottah Penny (John Jacinto, Derek Galvin, 116, 30-1);
and Fairwell Madrid (Quincy Hamilton, Donna McCullough, 123, 10-1).
The Irving Distaff is a local springboard to the Grade III, $200,000
Ouija Board Handicap (formerly known as the WinStar Distaff), a
one-mile turf race for fillies and mares on Lone Star Million Day
(Monday, May 28) . . .
Saturday will double as Dollar Day. Beer, soft drinks, hot dogs,
popcorn, general admission, general parking and programs will be
just $1 each. In addition, there will be live music by Channel 15
in the Courtyard of Champions between 12-4 p.m., appearances by
radio stations 99.5 The Wolf and 93.3 The Bone and bounce houses
for kids in the Pavilion lawn area. Grandstand gates open at 11:30
a.m. and the first of 11 live races is 1:35 p.m. . . .
In addition to the Texas Mile, Saturday's Lone Star Million Preview
stakes races are the $60,000 Irving Distaff (a 7 ½-furlong
turf event for fillies and mares that serves as a prelude to the
Grade III, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at one mile on grass); the $60,000
Grand Prairie Turf Challenge (a one-mile turf race for 3-year-olds
in advance of the $100,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes at 1 1/16 miles
on turf); and $50,000 Richland Hills Stakes (a six-furlong sprint
for 3-year-old fillies before the $100,000 Stonerside Stakes at
seven furlongs) . . .
Members of Lone Star Park's "Star Player Rewards" program
will receive free general admission on Friday and an entry into
a Texas Mile Day Handicapping Contest to win 500,000 bonus points
on Saturday . . .
Friday night's "Party at the Park" in the Courtyard of
Champions will feature drink specials and country music by the Stephen
Pointer Band between 7-11 p.m. . .
Sunday is Senior Citizen's Day with free general admission for
seniors age 62 and up . . .
The Dallas Symphony Derby, the annual fundraiser benefiting the
Education and Community Outreach Programs of the Dallas Symphony
Orchestra League, will take place Sunday in the Silks Dining Room
. . .
Following Sunday's seventh race, Lone Star Park will pay homage
to the late Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro, who would have celebrated
his fourth birthday that day. Lone Star Park plans to show Barbaro's
6 ½-length victory in the 132nd Kentucky Derby on television
monitors as a tribute. On Triple Crown dates this year, Lone Star
Park also will be participating in a national fundraiser in support
of the newly-created NTRA Charities - Barbaro Memorial Fund, which
benefits equine health and safely.