Lone Star Million Day Undercard Features Three $100,000 Stakes - USA, Cinemine and Valid Expectation

(May 24, 2008) - In addition to the three Grade 3 stakes -- $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap and $200,000 Ouija Board Handicap -- on Lone Star Million Day at Lone Star Park on Memorial Day, Monday, May 26, there will also be three $100,000 stakes races contested on the richest day in Texas racing with stakes purses totaling $1.1 million.

The USA Stakes for three-year-olds will be contested at one-mile-and-a-sixteenth over the Lone Star Park turf course and will be the fifth race of the card. Next up in race six will be the seven-furlong Cinemine Stakes for three-year-old fillies on the main track. Monday's eighth race will be the Valid Expectation Stakes for fillies and mares, three-years-old and up, a six-furlong sprint on dirt.


Uptown Racing's Boss Lafitte makes his Lone Star Park debut as the 9-5 morning line favorite in the 12th running of the $100,000 USA Stakes for three-year-olds to be run at one mile and a sixteenth on the grass. Trained by Tom Amoss, Boss Lafitte will have 2007 Eclipse Award-winning jockey Garrett Gomez in the saddle for the first time as he breaks from the inside post in the expected 10-horse field.

Three for 10 lifetime and one for five on the turf, Boss Lafitte enters Monday's USA Stakes with $162,859 in career earnings. He was the winner of the Grade 3 Transylvania Stakes at Keeneland two races back before finishing sixth over a yielding turf course at Churchill Downs in the Grade 3 American Turf Stakes on May 8.

Chief among his challengers should be Bob Zollars & Mark Wagner's Bullet Brew, trained by Steve Asmussen, who finished third in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park on April 26 under Shaun Bridgmohan, who will be back in the irons on Monday. Bullet Brew is three for seven lifetime, with two thirds, and $42,100 in career earnings.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Boss Lafitte (Garrett Gomez, 9-5); Ablaze With Spirit (Luis Quinonez, 6-1); Bullet Brew (Shaun Bridgmohan, 7-2); Pursue a Dream (Eguard Tejera, 20-1); Fort Apache (Eddie Martin, Jr., 15-1); Cape Time (Ken Tohill, 12-1); Trackerman (Quincy Hamilton, 5-1); Red Birds Magician (Richard Eramia, 5-1); Golden Yank (Cliff Berry, 8-1) and Repent Pardner (Justin Shepherd, 20-1).


Pin Oak Stables' undefeated Euphony, who drew the inside post in a field of seven in the seven-furlong, $100,000 Cinemine Stakes for three-year-old fillies on the main track, will look to keep her unbeaten streak alive as the 8-5 morning line favorite. Trained by Donnie Von Hemel and ridden by Cliff Berry, Euphony has earned $85,200 in three career wins at Oaklawn Park including a victory in the $75,000 Instant Racing Stakes in her last race on April 12.

She could face a challenge from three others in the 10th running of the Cinemine Stakes, including two Steve Asmussen trainees - Heather Stark's Sky Mom and Winchell Thoroughbreds & Thomas Van's Twisted Tale - as well as Rich Davis' Storm Mesa, trained by Bret Calhoun.

Sky Mom, who finished fourth, six-and-a-half lengths behind Euphony in the Instant Racing, has hit the board in nine of her 12 starts, which includes five wins, and has career earnings of $334,091. A winner of two in five starts with two seconds, Twisted Tale boosted her career earnings to $82,300 after a second-place finish in the Richland Hills Stakes at Lone Star on April 26. After winning a first level allowance race by eight-and-a-half lengths here on April 27, Storm Mesa is looking to add to her $59,510 in earnings with her first stakes score and third victory in her eighth career start.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Euphony (Cliff Berry, 8-5), Twisted Tale (Shaun Bridgmohan, 4-1); Sky Mom (Luis Quinonez, 3-1); Storm Mesa (Eddie Martin, Jr., 7-2); Dixie Duces (Justin Shepherd, 30-1); Ruffaroundtheedges (Bobbie Walker, Jr. 12-1) and Uno Mas Promesa (Ken Tohill, 20-1).


A trio that includes two Steve Asmussen trainees can be expected to battle it out in the 12th running of the $100,000 Valid Expectation Stakes, a six-furlong sprint over the main track for fillies and mares, three and up, on Monday.

Savorthetime Stable's Tres Dreams and J Kirk Robison's Stealth Cat, both trained by Asmussen, have been named the first and third choices at 8-5 and 5-2, respectively, by Lone Star odds maker Rick Lee. Completing the trio of top contenders in the race is Stewart Hamlen's Wrenice, trained by Randy Mayfield, who is listed at 2-1 in the morning line.

Tres Dreams, winner of five of 14 lifetime for $245,970 in earnings, will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan who guided her to victory in the $99,000 Esplanade at Fair Grounds three races back. Local rider Luis Quinones gets the mount again on Stealth Cat after riding her to victory in the JEH Stallion Station Stakes here on April 19 for her sixth career win in 15 starts, which raised her career earnings to $144,040. With nine wins in 15 starts and $407,586 in career earnings, Wrenice will be ridden by jockey Bobby Walker, Jr. who has been aboard for all nine of her career wins.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Stormin Quality (Justin Shepherd, 20-1); Tres Dreams (Shaun Bridgmohan, 8-5); Starry Pie (Bryan McNeil, 15-1); Stealth Cat (Luis Quinonez, 5-2); Wrenice (Bobby Walker, Jr., 2-1) and Moneyinmywranglers (Richard Eramia, 10-1).

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