|Trainer Bret Calhoun Seeks Another Sweep of Texas Stallion Stakes at LSP
(Grand Prairie, Texas - May 11, 2011) - Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Tamtastic, trained by Bret Calhoun, heads a field of ten in the 8th Running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie Division) for three-year-old colts and geldings, to be run at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, on Saturday.
A winner of two of nine starts, Tamtastic is seeking revenge on a couple of rivals that got the better of him when third as an odds-on favorite in the $100,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on February 19. Hidden Recipe, first in the Jim’s Orbit, is owned by Lone Star Park’s all-time leading owner Tom Durant, and trained by Jack Bruner, and Maverick Prince, second in the Jim’s Orbit, is owned by Heartlines Horse Ranch LP, and trained by Brian House.
“We were confident going into the Jim’s Orbit at Houston and we really felt that he was best that day,” added trainer Bret Calhoun. “He fell a little too far out of it early on, and he was left with too much to do late.”
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Expect Dobbin (Luis Quinonez, 5-1); Simply Gone (Martin Escobar, 15-1); Sir Jaime (Alfredo Contreras, 20-1); Hidden Recipe (Chris Landeros, 5-2); Halifax Flyer (Lindey Wade, 8-1); Sassy Maverick (Chris Rosier, 4-1); Safe Range (Tony McNeil, 20-1); Maverick Prince (Bryan McNeil, 4-1); Alli’s Legend (Larry Taylor, 20-1) and Tamtastic (Cliff Berry, 3-1).
Scheduled as race eight on the nine-race program, the Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie Division) has an approximate post time of 4:51 p.m.
Princess Turandot Morning Line Favorite in Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko Division)
Saturday’s 8th running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko Division) for three-year-old fillies, to be run at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, features Princess Turandot, owned by Brian Cleveland and trained by Bret Calhoun.
A winner of two of seven starts, Princess Turandot finished fourth in her latest outing on March 27 behind the well regarded Arienza at Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Arienza was sent to post as the favorite in the Grade 3 Eight Belles at Churchill Downs on the Kentucky Oaks Day undercard before finishing eighth of ten.
“We needed to get a two-turn race into her, and that’s why we sent her to Oaklawn,” said trainer Bret Calhoun. “She’s not facing any fillies the caliber of Arienza in here.”
Track odds maker Rick Lee has installed Princess Turandot as the 2-1 morning-line favorite.
Calhoun also sends out Patty’s Pride, owned by Brian Schartz, in the Got Koko division. Patty’s Pride exits the same race as Princess Turandot, and earlier this year she was beaten as an odds-on favorite in the $125,000 Two Altazano Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park, a race that featured a number of today’s rivals.
“We feel like the Two Altazano is a throw-out race for her. She just didn’t fire,” said Calhoun. “She’s been training well and we’re looking for a big effort from her on Saturday.”
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Going Away Baby (Junior Chacaltana, 15-1); Lil’ Mary Jane (Martin Escobar, 30-1); Valid Carmen (Chris Landeros, 5-2); Patty’s Pride (Cliff Berry, 3-1); Intimidating Woman (Jose Medina, 12-1); Princess Turandot (Luis Quinonez, 2-1); Triksta (Lindey Wade, 8-1); Bonnies Judge (Bryan McNeil, 12-1) and Halfway Gone (Tony McNeil, 20-1).
Scheduled as race six on the nine-race program, the Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko Division) has an approximate post time of 3:55 p.m.
This Weeks Events And Promotions At Lone Star Park
Thursday, May 12 – Double Date Discount Night: For only $64 (a $127 value), two couples will receive four general admissions, four box seats, four Lone Star Today racing programs, and four Value Baskets that include a cheeseburger, fries and large Pepsi. Gates open at 5 p.m. - first live race at
Friday, May 13 – Party at the Park. Join us in the Courtyard of Champions from 7 – 10 p.m. This week featuring Beatle’s tribute band, Hard Night’s Day. $1 beer. Gates Open at 5 p.m. – first live race at 6:35 p.m.
Saturday, May 14 – Live Music with “Signed Sealed Delivered” in Courtyard of Champions from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. – first live race at 1:35 p.m.
Sunday, May 15 – Senior Citizens’ Day and Military Discount Day. All senior citizens’, age 62 or older with valid I.D., or members of any branch of the military, with a valid military I.D., receive free general admission; Pepsi can offer, bring any Pepsi can to Lone Star Park and receive a Pepsi track pack, good for one (1) Free General Admission and one (1) Free Large Pepsi; Jazz Brunch, an omelet station for $8.95 and a live Jazz Trio will perform in Silks dining room from noon – 3 p.m. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. – first live race at 1:35 p.m.
Entering Thursday night’s racing jockey Luis Quinonez has 2,998 wins. Luis has five scheduled mounts Thursday night at Lone Star Park, five on Friday and eight on Saturda y… Pearl Morin of Denton, Texas unearthed the $2,500 Diamond Solitaire in the Mother’s Day Diamond Dig … Diane Howard of Spring, Texas was the winner of a $500 first place prize in the Kentucky Derby Hat Contest for Most Creative Hat … Sandra Osafo of Plano, Texas won a $500 first place prize for Most Stylish Hat.