Calhoun, Berry and Martin, Jr. Multiple Winners on Derby Day at LSP

(May 3, 2008) - The fourth largest Kentucky Derby crowd in Lone Star Park history, 18,689, were on hand to see second-leading trainer Bret Calhoun win four straight races and the track's top two jockeys Cliff Berry and Eddie Martin, Jr. each make three trips to the winner's circle at the Grand Prairie oval on Saturday. Shortly after 5 p.m., the largest Lone Star Derby Day crowd since 1999 watched the favorite Big Brown capture the 134th running of the "Run for the Roses" at Churchill Downs.

Calhoun won races eight through 11 with Park Affair ($3.40), Houghton Regrets ($6.40), Risky Weather ($5.80) and Orphan Brigade ($5.80), respectively, to up his seasonal win total to 19, one behind leading trainer Steve Asmussen, who won two on the 12-race card Saturday.

Leading jockey Cliff Berry increased his win total to 26 for the meet with wins in the second (Point Chanel, $4.80), fourth (Gold Tone, $7.00) and eighth races (Park Affair, $3.40) while Martin came home first in the third (Bluebonnet Limited, $9.80), ninth (Houghton Regrets, $6.40) and 10th races (Risky Weather, $5.80) to up his victory mark to 15, nine behind Berry.

This year's Derby Day crowd of 18,689 was 2,728 more than 2007 and represents a 17-percent increase from a year ago. As of 7:30 p.m. (with tonight's additional simulcast wagering still to be added to the total), Lone Star Park handled just under $3.2 million ($921,027 on live racing and $2.3 million on simulcasts). The track's Spring Thoroughbred on-track handle record of $3,452,424 was set last year on Derby Day.

Local wagering on Churchill Downs' Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $1,604,658, including $1,117,476 on the "Run for the Roses." Lone Star's Drive-Thru Wagering was $150,345 as 866 vehicles passed through Gate 2.

The three largest Derby Day crowds in Lone Star Park history were 25,415 in 1997, 20,618 in 1998 and 19,268 in 1999.

Final wagering totals will be released on Sunday, May 4.

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