||19th Running of the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile Rescheduled for Friday, May 1 at Lone Star Park
Grand Prairie, Texas (Thursday, April 30, 2015) - Inclement weather caused the cancellation of all but the first race this past Friday including the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile. Thankfully, no time was wasted in rescheduling it. So the 19th running of the featured event, for three-year-olds and up at one mile on the main track, is set to go Friday, May 1, and the forecast is calling for perfect weather!
Scheduled as race eight on the 10 race program, post time for the Mile is approximately 9:51 p.m. Gates open at 5:00 p.m. First race post time is 6:35 p.m.
All but one of the original 11 have re-entered. The connections for Evan's Calling chose not to re-enter the race. The Texas Mile was re-drawn Sunday for the remaining field of 10, changing the post positions.
Drawing the inside post is morning line favorite at 6-5, Sr. Quisqueyano. Trained by Peter Walder of Miami, Florida, this five-year-old horse by Exclusive Quality shouldn't have any problem getting a good position out of the gate.
Claimed four races back for $62,500, Sr. Quisqueyano is still looking for his first Graded stakes win. After placing in the Grade 3 Skip Away at Gulfstream last month, he's knocking on the door. In that performance, he hooked up in a duel with eventual winner Commissioner the entire length of the stretch. It was a thrilling effort that truly impressed.
Texas Mile/Kentucky Derby connections ... Sr. Quisqueyano is owned by Dallas resident Ron Paolucci of Loooch Racing Stables, who shares owner interest in Saturdays Kentucky Derby contender War Story. Also, One King's Man breaking from the outside post in Fridays Texas Mile is owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey who own Kentucky Derby entry International Star.
Tom Amoss, trainer of last years Texas Mile winner Grand Contender, is looking for his second score with Rise Up. The graded stakes winning, four-year-old colt by Rockport Harbor has early speed and likes to run on the front end.
Here is the field for Friday's Grade 3 Texas Mile from the rail out with jockey and morning line odds:
Sr. Quisqueyano (Gerard Melancon, 6-5); Holiday Mischief (Cliff Berry, 8-1); Mal Guapo (Iram Diego, 20-1); F J Uncle Vic (Ernesto Valdez- Jiminez, 20-1); Rise Up (Richard Eramia, 4-1); Hip Four Sixtynine (Lindey Wade, 15-1); Bronce Bellator (Alfredo Contreras, 30-1); Real Appeal Deal (Gerardo Mora, 15-1); Texas Air (Quincy Hamilton, 15-1) and One King's Man (Joe Rocco, Jr., 9-2).
Watch and wager on the Kentucky Oaks Friday, May 1 at Lone Star Park live via simulcast. Post time for the Kentucky Oaks is 4:49 p.m. Lone Star Park's all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen has entered Shook Up in the Grade 1, $1 Million race.
Two-time Lone Star Park leading trainer Bret Calhoun has sent undefeated Promise Me Silver in the Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs Friday. The three-year-old filly won her debut here last year by six and three-quarters lengths. She is now a perfect 7 for 7! Post time for the Eight Belles live via simulcast is 3:52 p.m. Good luck to both Steve and Bret!
Advance wagering will be available all day Friday for the entire Churchill Downs Saturday Kentucky Derby Day card.