|Calhoun Looks to Remain Hot in
Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Derby on Saturday
Prairie, Texas - May 5, 2010) - Saturday’s 14th running
of the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Derby, for 3-year-olds, to be
run at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, features the very promising
Henshin Hero, owned by Cheyenne Stable LLC, and trained by Bret
Calhoun. The 8-5 morning-line favorite, Henshin Hero, who will be
ridden by Bobby Walker Jr., owns a race record of three wins from
five starts, with his three victories earned in decisive fashion.
In his two losses, he unseated his rider at Oaklawn Park in his
first start of 2010, and in his most recent race, he finished second
at Keeneland while trying turf for the first time.
“He’s a very, very nice horse who has never been two
turns,” said trainer Bret Calhoun. “We wanted to stretch
him out sooner, it just didn’t work out, and we thought this
was a good spot to try him at two-turns.”
Bob Baffert, who shipped Mythical Power to Lone Star Park to win
the Grade 3 Texas Mile on April 24, ships in Game On Dude for the
Lone Star Derby. Seventh in the Grade 1 Florida Derby on March 20,
Game On Dude was most recently seen finishing fifth in the Grade
3 Derby Trial at Churchill Downs. Baffert is seeking his fourth
victory in the Lone Star Derby, Anet (1997), Wanna Runner (2006),
and Mythical Power (2009).
Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen,
sends out Heiligbrodt Racing Stables Crider. A winner of two of
six starts, the bay son of Closing Argument finished fourth in the
$100,000 Smarty Jones Stakes, and fifth in the Grade 3 Southwest
Stakes earlier this year. Both races were run at Oaklawn Park.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds
listed in parenthesis, consists of: Wando Redd (Chris Landeros,
12-1); Gilded Woodman (Jorge Guzman, 50-1); Thatlleaveamark (Martin
Escobar, 30-1); Game on Dude (Martin Garcia, 9-5); Henshin Hero
(Bobby Walker Jr., 8-5); and Crider (Aaron Gryder, 2-1).
Scheduled as race 9 on the 10-race program, the Grade 3 Lone Star
Derby has an approximate post time of 5:19 p.m.