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 1:37.19.

"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 Centaurea.

Timely Reflection Draws Off to an Easy Win in Richland Hills

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 off."

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 and 1:23.63.

"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 Elliecat.

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.

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