|Jockey Luis Quinonez Sweeps Both Divisions in Texas Stallion Stakes - Wins Five Races Saturday at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - May 12, 2012) - Jockey Luis Quinonez guided both Boca Bay and Im a Bear to victories in their respective $75,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for three-year-olds Saturday at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie.
Boca Bay, owned by W. S. Farish and trained by Steve Asmussen, won the 9th running of the Stymie Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, for colts & geldings, at 1 1/16th miles over a fast main track. Quinonez scored his third win of the day aboard the three-year-old gelding by Too Much Bling, when he stalked the leader, Street Life Blues on the outside, setting pedestrian fractions of 24.61 50.42 and 1:16.18. Drawing even on the far turn, he then battled gamely in the stretch, to prevail by a half-length in front of post-time favorite Sword Trick
For his victory, Boca Bay earned $45,000 in his division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, to increase his lifetime earnings to $121,288. It was third win from 11 lifetime starts. Bettors whom had Patchwork, who was half of the coupled entry with Boca Bay, were returned $7.80, $2.80 and $3.40. Sword Trick returned place and show money of $2.80. The final time for the assignment was 1:46.98. Defiant Flyer, Palm Road, Street Life Blues and Como Se Llama completed the order of finish.
The Got Koko division for fillies gave Quinonez his fourth victory of the day when Im a Bear made a bid in upper stretch and battled stable-mate and half the coupled entry, Perfect Meadow to prevail by ¾ lengths at the wire. Im a Bear owned by Lone Star Park's all-time leading owner, Tom Durant and trained by Jack Bruner, also added $45,000 to her bankroll, increasing her lifetime earnings to $116,560. Her third win from seven lifetime starts returned $6.20, $5.80 and $4.20. Stablemate and half the entry, Perfect Meadow, returned the same payout. Show money of $3.80, went to Cowgirl N Up. Completing the order of finish were Color Code, Peppermint Bling, Miss Lederhosen, Zalisa and Kimball's Bling. Fractional times were 23.56, 48.48 and 1:13.42 with a final time of 1:45.68 for the 1 1/16th mile race.
Jockey Luis Quinonez recorded his fifth win of the day in the eighth race aboard Lee's South.