-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
|Stronach Stable's Giant Gizmo Wins
$400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap
Texas (May 26, 2008) - Stronach Stable's Giant Gizmo, trained
by five-time Eclipse Award winner Robert Frankel and ridden by 2007
Eclipse-winning jockey Garrett Gomez, overcame a difficult trip
to win the 12th running of the Grade III, $400,000 Lone Star Park
Handicap by two lengths on Monday. The Lone Star Park Handicap is
the highlight of the richest day in Texas racing, Lone Star Million
Day, which features six stakes races worth $1.1 million in purses.
After breaking awkwardly at the start, Giant Gizmo was forced to
go four wide on the first turn before settling in behind the leaders.
Taking the long way around again, four wide on the final turn, Gomez
guided Giant Gizmo to the lead at the quarter pole and was able
to hold off the late charge of second-place finisher Zanjero.
"I was a little disappointed going into the first turn,"
said Gomez. "I thought I would (only) be three wide. He was
traveling well, and about the half-mile pole, he was telling me
to let him go ahead and do a little something. So I went ahead and
let him out a notch and when we turned for home, he did all the
"The horse I was really most worried about was the horse behind
us and that horse was Steve Asmussen's (Zanjero)," added Gomez.
"I've ridden him and I know what kind of horse he is. I knew
he would be coming late, so I didn't want to sit there and wait
on him. I wanted to make sure I got a jump on him.
Bobby (Frankel) told me to go ahead and get him well placed early.
Once I did that, he did all the rest."
This marks the second straight Grade III win for Giant Gizmo, who
won the Alysheba Stakes at Churchill Downs on May 8, and the four-year-old
colt's sixth win in 11 career starts. The $240,000 winner's share
moves his total earnings above the half-million mark to $508,685.
Giant Gizmo paid $4.40, $2.80 and $2.80. Runner up Zanjero, who
finished two lengths ahead of third-place finisher Stella Mark,
returned $2.40 and $2.10. The show wager paid $4.00.