|Lee's Spirit Shocks 'Em in Grand
Prairie Turf Challenge at LSP
(April 26, 2008)
- S A S Partners three-year-old gelding Lee's Spirit beat his eleven
rivals to the finish in the 12th running of the Grand Prairie Turf
Challenge at Lone Star Park on Saturday. Trained by Robert Schultz
and ridden by Eguard Tejera, the son of Leestown was making his
first career start over turf and completed the one mile test in
"He's well bred for the turf and we felt that he'd like it,"
said Schultz. "He didn't run well in his last two starts, but
we found out that he had an infection in his liver, so we backed
off him and got him well, and he really responded."
Lee's Spirit was forwardly placed from the gate by Tejera and the
duo were involved in the running every step of the way through early
fractions of :23.93, 47.71, and 1:12.46. Runner-up Cape Time threw
everything he had at Lee's Spirit through the stretch before finishing
a neck back at the finish. It was another half-length back to favorite
Bullet Brew in third.
"We know that he has a lot of early speed from his sprint
races, but he relaxed nicely for me today and he really finished
well," said Tejera."
Lee's Spirit increased his career earnings to $112,600 with the
$30,000 winner's share and recorded her fourth win in seven lifetime
starts. The winner paid $53.80, $23.00, $7.40, Cape Time returned
$9.00, $.4.00, and Bullet Brew paid $2.40 for show.
The order of finish in the 12-horse field after the first three
was - Repent Pardner, Red Birds Magician, Pursue a Dream, Celina
Slew, My Angel, Pete's Pride, Justaclown, Turnleftatthelight and
Timely Reflection Draws Off to an Easy Win in Richland
Ward Stables three-year-old filly Timely Reflection proved to be
much the best in the $50,000 Richland Hills Stakes on Saturday at
Lone Star Park. Trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by Bobby Walker
Jr., Timely Reflection completed the six-furlong assignment over
the fast dirt track in 1:10.46. After sitting just off of the early
leaders through opening fractions of 21.83 and 44.62, the daughter
of Yankee Victor was poised to pounce at the top of the stretch,
and she drew away to a three-and-three-quarter lengths victory.
"She did everything super out there," said winning jockey
Bobby Walker. "I thought we'd be farther back early on, but
she put me in stalking range without even asking her. When I got
ready to go, she took off like I was stealing her."
Already a stakes winner over turf, Timely Reflection claimed her
first stakes win over dirt in the Richland Hills earning $30,000
to run her career total to $118,400.
"(Jockey) Bobby (Walker) got a great trip there on the outside,"
said trainer Bret Calhoun. "She was a little closer than we
thought, which was a great position. She dominated today and drew
Post time favorite Twisted Tale finished second, and Ruffroundtheedges
was a neck back in third. Rounding out the field in order were --
Uno Mas Promesa, Miss Missile, Deputy Etbauer, Dixies Duces, Valid
Lilly, Fleetful Cat, and Donnie's Secret.
Timely Reflection paid, $12.60, $5.00, $4.20, Twisted Tale returned
$3.00, $2.60 and Ruffroundtheedges paid $4.20 for show.
Tears I Cry Wipes Away the Field in the Irving Distaff
Peter R. Bradley's four-year-old filly Tears I Cry tucked in behind
the early leaders in a ground-saving rail trip before drawing away
from the field in the stretch to win the 12th running of the $50,000
Irving Distaff by 3 1/2 lengths on Saturday at Lone Star Park. Cliff
Berry rode the Cody Autry-trained daughter of 2000 Arlington Million-winner
Chester House, who covered the seven-and-a-half furlongs on the
firm turf course in 1:29.87 after fractions of 24.01, 47.38, 1:11.60
"I wanted to save a little ground, so I pulled back behind
three or four and got to the rail," said winning jockey Cliff
Berry. Turning for home, "I was right behind the leaders with
Eddie's (Martin) horse outside me. I told myself that I had a lot
of horse left and just waited for a seam."
My Three Sisters rallied in the stretch to get up for second just
holding off the charging Emma Grace by a head. Finishing behind
the top three in the field of 11 were -- Barbette, Rice 'n Spice,
Jenz Benz, Coach Mike, Hartfelt, Miss Peachtree, Mystic Soul and
Tears I Cry increased her career earnings to $98,750 with the
$30,000 winner's share and recorded her third win in seven lifetime
starts. The winner paid $12.00, $5.60 and $4.80. My Three Sisters
paid $4.60 and $3.80 while Emma Grace returned $10.80 for show.
Lone Star Park, located in Grand Prairie, Texas, will run its 65-day
Spring Thoroughbred Season from April 10 through July 27, 2008 with
live racing every Thursday through Sunday. The first live race begins
at 6:35 p.m. on weeknights and 1:35 p.m. on weekends and Monday,
May 26, with two special 5 p.m. twilight programs on July 3-4 that
include post-race fireworks. Additional information on Lone Star
Park can be found online at www.lonestarpark.com.