|Slew's Tizzy, Reporting for Duty
Head Kentucky Arrivals for Lone Star Derby
9, 2007) - Lexington Stakes champ Slew's Tizzy and Illinois
Derby runner-up Reporting for Duty arrived in Dallas early Wednesday
on a charter flight from Kentucky in advance of Saturday's Grade
III, $300,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie,
Both horses are expected to vie for favoritism in the 1 1/16-mile
race that should attract 11 three-year-olds when entries are taken
The connections of Slew's Tizzy, who scored a front-running 3 ½-length
victory in the Grade II Lexington Stakes at Keeneland three weeks
ago, chose to bypass the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes in
favor of the Lone Star Derby. He'll use Saturday's race as a possible
springboard to the 1 ½-mile Belmont Stakes on June 9.
"Slew's Tizzy traveled beautifully," said Greg Fox, who
trains the Tiznow colt for owner/breeder Joseph LaCombe, the Brooklyn
native who campaigned 1997 Horse of the Year Favorite Trick. "He's
a very cooperative horse and that's one of his best qualities; he's
all business. This is a good spot for him because of the timing
and our horse is maturing."
Reporting for Duty, owned by Dallas residents Cathy and Bob Zollars,
is expected to vie for favoritism with Slew's Tizzy after he closed
to finish 2 ¼ lengths behind Cowtown Cat in the Grade II
Illinois Derby at Hawthorne Race Course on April 7. He'll be one
of three starters in the race for Lone Star Park's all-time leading
trainer Steve Asmussen, who also plans to run Forty Grams and Takedown.
"This race won't be easy because there's $300,000 on the line
and we're coming into Steve Asmussen's backyard," Fox said.
"But things are really starting to click with Slew's Tizzy
right now and he couldn't be doing any better."
Earlier this spring, Slew's Tizzy was best known as the horse who
almost knocked Circular Quay off the Triple Crown trail. At the
top of the stretch in the Feb. 10 Risen Star Stakes at Fair Grounds,
Slew's Tizzy was full of run in tight quarters, clipped heels and
dropped his rider James Graham. None the worse for wear, the Kentucky-bred
returned for the Louisiana Derby, but faltered after he was unable
to relax while clipping off fast early fractions in the early stages
of the race.
Robby Albarado, who was aboard Slew's Tizzy's 40-1 Lexington shocker,
has accepted the return call to ride Saturday. "The addition
of Robby and taking the blinkers off last time really helped this
colt relax," Fox said. "Everything went well that day.
Hopefully, we can continue our good fortune Saturday at Lone Star."
The probable field for the 11th running of the Grade III, $300,000
Lone Star Derby (with jockeys and trainers), according to Lone Star
Park stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg: Lexington Stakes winner Slew's
Tizzy (Robby Albarado, Greg Fox); Reporting for Duty (Chris Emigh,
Steve Asmussen); Lexington Stakes third Forty Grams (Luis Quinonez,
Asmussen); Rushaway Stakes third Reata's Rocket (Rajiv Maragh, Joe
Orseno); Northern Spur Breeders' Cup Stakes one-two Takedown (Glen
Murphy, Asmussen) and Harrow Land (Eusebio Razo Jr., Tony Reinstedler);
Oaklawn Park allowance winners Moyer's Pond (Justin Shepherd, Reinstedler)
and Slew By Slew (Don Pettinger, Donnie K. Von Hemel); Lone Star
Park allowance winner Mr. Nightlinger (Ramsey Zimmerman, Bret Calhoun);
and Sam Houston maiden winners Gold Wonder (TBA, Kamal Sheena) and
Taksent (TBA, Eddie Webb).
Forty Grams, Harrow Land, Moyer's Pond, Reporting for Duty and
Slew's Tizzy checked into the Lone Star Park stable area Wednesday
at 9:45 a.m. following their H.E. "Tex" Sutton Forwarding
Co. charter flight from Kentucky. Reporting for Duty and Forty Grams
went to Asmussen's Barn B5, Slew's Tizzy is stabled in trainer Jack
Bruner's Barn A1, and the Tony Reinstedler-trained duo of Harrow
Land and Moyer's Pond went in trainer Dallas Keen's Barn C2.
The Joe Orseno-trained Reata's Rocket, campaigned by Al Micallef,
who owns the famous Western cuisine Reata Restaurant in Fort Worth,
has been stabled in Allen Milligan's Barn D2 since his April 25
arrival from South Florida. Like last year's winner Wanna Runner,
Reata's Rocket was bred in Ontario, Canada, and the Lone Star Derby
will be used as a steppingstone to the $1 million Queen's Plate
at Woodbine on June 24. The 1 ¼-mile Queen's Plate is the
first leg of Canada's Triple Crown.
DOWN THE STRETCH
THE NEXT PERCY HOPE? - Kentucky-based
Tony Reinstedler, the only trainer in this year's prospective field
with a previous Lone Star Derby victory, says Harrow Land reminds
him of his 2001 champ Percy Hope. "Like Percy Hope, he's a
late developing 3-year-old with good, tactical speed," Reinstedler
said. "He was unlucky to lose the Northern Spur at Oaklawn
last time out." . . .
STAKES TRIPLEHEADER - The Lone Star Derby
is one of three stakes races on Saturday. There also will be $125,000
divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old progeny of
nominated Texas-based stallions. Both the Stymie Division (colts
and geldings) and Got Koko Division (fillies) will be run at 1 1/16
miles . . .
RACES DRAWN THURSDAY - Post positions
for Saturday's card will be drawn late Thursday morning and it is
likely that the Lone Star Derby will be positioned as Race 10 at
5:47 p.m. CT on the 11-race program . . .
FREE LONE STAR DERBY GLASSWARE - Lone
Star Park customers will receive a free commemorative Lone Star
Derby glassware set on Saturday with a paid general admission while
supplies last. The glasses, to be distributed in the Lone Star Park
saddling paddock, pay tribute to the past Lone Star Derby winners:
Anet (1997), Smolderin Heart (1998), T.B. Track Star (1999), Tahkodha
Hills (2000), Percy Hope (2001), Wiseman's Ferry (2002), Dynever
(2003), Pollard's Vision (2004), Southern Africa (2005) and Wanna
Runner (2006). Grandstand gates open at 11:30 a.m. Saturday. Glassware
also will be distributed to patrons of the Post Time Pavilion between
10:25 a.m. and 6 p.m. . . .
DERBY DAY ENTERTAINMENT - Lone Star Derby
Day entertainment includes live country music by Scott Whitaker
between races in the Courtyard of Champions from 12-4 p.m. and bounce
houses for children on the lawn area in front of the Post Time Pavilion.
Also, radio stations 99.5 The Wolf and 93.3 The Bone will be on
hand for promotional appearances. . .
NO CLUBHOUSE UPGRADES SATURDAY - Continuing
with a "Big Event Day" policy to ensure quality customer
service for those who have purchased reserved seating, no clubhouse
admission upgrades will be sold on Saturday due to an expected large
crowd. Only patrons with reserved seats will be allowed on the second
and fourth floors of the Grandstand . . .
WEATHER FORECAST - According to the National
Weather Service, showers and thunderstorms are likely overnight
Wednesday and into Thursday afternoon in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The weekend calls for highs in the mid 80s and just a minimal chance
of precipitation . . .
LONE STAR LEADERS - Week 5 of the 16-week
meeting kicks off Thursday night at 6:35 p.m. CT with a nine-race
program. Ramsey Zimmerman, who won three races including 1,000th
career winner Sunday, will begin the week with a 22-20 lead in the
jockey standings over two-time local riding champ Cliff Berry. Trainer
Bret Calhoun had a 20-19 advantage over Cody Autrey in the trainer
standings. The team of Sandy and Jerry Heflin and Ywachetta and
James Driver is dominating the owner standings with 14 wins from
30 starters through the first 16 days of the 67-day meet . . .
LAST WEEK - Cliff Berry, who passed Corey
Lanerie as Lone Star Park's all-time leading rider Sunday, led all
jockeys with eight wins last week (May 3-6), one more than leading
rider Ramsey Zimmerman. Cody Autrey topped all trainers with seven
wins from 13 starters, two more than Bret Calhoun. Autrey's clients,
Heflin and Driver Racing, won with five of their 10 starters. .
REPEAT WINNERS - Eight horses have already
recorded two wins at the meet: Diamond Frost, Editor's Cat, Flamethrower,
Front Nine, Moneyinmywranglers, Nite Fun, Prize Packet and Wacos
Cutie . . .
PARTY AT THE PARK - "Party at the
Park" returns to the Courtyard of Champions on Friday night
with drinks specials and live music by Ice House from 7-11 p.m.
Also, Craig Miller of KTCK "Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket"
and Ticket Chicks will be on hand . . .
MOTHER'S DAY DIAMOND DIG - The first
500 women age 21 and over to attend Lone Star Park for Sunday's
nine-race Mother's Day program will get a chance to dig to a real
diamond on the main track after the last race at approximately 5:19
p.m. CT. The diamond, valued at $2,500, will be buried in a section
of the main track near the finish line and contestants will use
spoons to find it. Nancy Moore of Euless, Texas was last year's
winner . . .
SENIOR CITIZEN'S DAY - Sunday also doubles
as Senior Citizen's Day where all patrons age 62 and up will receive
free general admission with proof of identification. There also
will be live music in the Courtyard of Champions by Time Machine
between 12-4 p.m. and a promotional appearance by 100.3 JACK FM.