USA, Cinemine, Valid Expectation, and Carter McGregor Stakes on Lone Star Million Day Monday

(Grand Prairie, Texas - May 29, 2010) - Clarence Scharbauer Jr’s Coyote Legend, winner of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie Division) at Lone Star Park on May 8, returns as the 5-2 morning line favorite in the 14th Running of the $100,000 USA Stakes for three-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on the turf this Monday.

Trained by Bret Calhoun and ridden by jockey Bobby Walker Jr, the bay son of Gold Legend will be looking for his sixth straight stakes victory to improve upon his lifetime record of six wins from 10 starts and $255,626 in career earnings. Walker has been aboard for the previous five trips to the winner’s circle.

Second choice in the morning line at 7-2 is Janeen Oliver’s Fortunia, a winner of two races with one second in his first five starts. The bay filly by the Brazilian sire Leroidesanimaux, trained by Cash Asmussen, is coming off a very troubled second-place finish in a conditioned allowance race at Lone Star Park on May 8. Tony McNeil has the mount.

Another contender to watch is Mike McCarthy’s Looks Purrfect, 9-2 in the morning line. The gray son of Kitten’s Joy, who is trained by Lone Star Park all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen and will be ridden by jockey Shaun Bridgmohan, who is coming in from Kentucky, will be looking for his second win in his eighth career start.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Perfect Lou (Chris Landeros, 10-1); Nuggets Please (Luis Quinonez, 30-1); Coyote Legend (Bobbby Walker Jr, 5-2); Shoot It’s War (Junior Chacaltana, 6-1); Golden Euro (Bryan McNeil, 5-1); Nates Mineshaft (Patrick Boxie, 30-1); Looks Purrrfect (Shaun Bridgmohan, 9-2); Fortunia (Tony McNeil, 7-2); and B’wanagoldmine (Eddie Martin Jr, 20-1).

The USA Stakes is the seventh race on the 11-race card scheduled for 4:23 p.m.

Contentious Field of 13 Face Off in $100,000 Cinemine Stakes on Monday

The largest field on Lone Star Million Day this Monday, May 31, will face off in the 9th Running of the 7-furlong, $100,000 Cinemine Stakes. A baker’s dozen of 13 three-year-old fillies will run in what should be one of the most hotly contested races on the 11-race card.

Among the top contenders are Peachtree Stable’s Bonnie Blue Flag, C.R. Trout’s Shotgun Gulch, and Elm Tree Farm LLC & Pop-A-Top LLC’s Offlee Classy.

The slight morning line favorite at 7-2, Bonnie Blue Flag, a bay daughter of Mineshaft, only finished out of the money in her maiden effort last year. In 2010, she has two wins, a second, and two thirds in five starts and will be looking to extend her two-race win streak and while adding to her $72,880 career earnings. She is trained by Bob Baffert and will be ridden by Martin Garcia, the same duo that combined to win this year’s Preakness Stakes with Lookin At Lucky.

Owned and trained by C.R. Trout, Shotgun Gulch, a multiple stakes winner, has four wins from seven starts and $125,976 in earnings. The chestnut daughter of Thunder Gulch will have jockey Luis Quinonez aboard and is 4-1 in the morning line.

Louisiana shipper Offlee Classy, third choice in the morning line at 9-2, is trained by James Hodges and gets Lone Star Park leading jockey Chris Landeros in her first stakes effort. The bay daughter of Offlee Wild comes into the Cinemine off of a maiden victory at Louisiana Downs on May 1.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Tin Top Cat (Bobby Walker Jr, 10-1); Cosmo Girl (Bryan McNeil, 12-1), D’oro Deelites (Jamie Theriot, 15-1); Lil Missknowitall (Cliff Berry, 30-1); Golden Striker (Martin Escobar, 8-1); Shotgun Gulch (Luis Quinonez, 4-1); Kinsolving (Shaun Bridgmohan, 6-1); Forty Nine Sox (Alfredo Contreras, 30-1); Joy’s Paradise (Jeremy Collier, 20-1); Offlee Classy (Chris Landeros, 9-2); Bonnie Blue Flag (Martin Garcia, 7-2); Right to Rule (Aaron Gryder, 20-1); and Dixieland Baby (Junior Chacaltana, 30-1).

The Cinemine Stakes is the eighth race on the 11-race card scheduled for 4:51 p.m.

Baffert's Mother Ruth, Assmussen's Simplify Square Off in Valid Expectations

Monday’s 14th running of the $75,000 Valid Expectations stakes, for fillies and mares three-year-olds and up, going six furlongs over the main track, features two of the nation’s premier trainers in the Bob Baffert-trained Mother Ruth, owned by Zayat Stables LLC, and the Steve Asmussen-trained Simplify, owned by Winchell Thoroughbreds LLC.

Mother Ruth, a bay daughter of Speightstown, winner of the Breeders’ Cup Sprint at Lone Star Park in 2004, has won three of eight career starts for $119,670. She was most recently seen winning an optional claiming event at Hollywood Park. Jockey Martin Garcia has the mount.

Simplify, a stakes-winning daughter of Pulpit, is making her first start since finishing fourth in the $56,000 Pan Zareta Stakes at Fair Grounds in February. Simplify has won three of 14 career starts for $181,758, including a second-place finish in the 2009 Cinemine Stakes at Lone Star Park.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Simplify (Shaun Bridgmohan, 9-5); Elle a Gent (Aaron Gryder, 12-1); No Other Tone (Chris Landeros, 12-1); Auntgrace (Tuffy Collier, 20-1); Mother Ruth (Martin Garcia, 6-5); Favorite Flavor (Eddie Martin Jr., 8-1); and Stormy Express (David Flores, 10-1).

Scheduled as race six on the 11-race program, the Valid Expectations Stakes has an approximate post time of 3:55 p.m.

Quiet Again and Southern Vintage Top Contenders in Carter McGregor

Paul Bruce Thomason’s Quiet Again and H & H Ranch’s Southern Vintage look like the top two contenders in Monday’s 14th Running of the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr Memorial Stakes for Texas breds three-year-olds and up, to be run at six furlongs on the main track.

Quiet Again, trained by Jimmie Claridge, is a nine-time winner from 27 lifetime starts and has earned $312,368 during his career. The 5-year-old gelded son of 1998 Kentucky Derby winner Real Quiet was run down in the stretch by Red Lead to finish second in the $114,000 Sunland Park Handicap in his last race on April 18. Making his Lone Star Park debut, Quiet Again will be ridden by 2010 Preakness winning jockey Martin Garcia.

Trained by Karl Broberg, Southern Vintage will be looking to improve upon his second-place finish in a May 2 allowance race at Lone Star Park in his last start. The 4-year-old, chestnut son of Cuvee has six wins from 16 starts with earnings of $142,653 and will be ridden by 2009 Dubai World Cup-winning jockey Aaron Gryder.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Quiet Again (Martin Garcia, 6-5); Little Talk (Chris Landeros, 15-1); High Lake (Bryan McNeil, 20-1); Majestic Vintage (Tony McNeil, 6-1); Supreme Secret (Chris Landeros, 15-1); Windy Lou (Benito Morales, 12-1); and Southern Vintage (Aaron Gryder, 7-5). Little Talk and Supreme Secret will run as an entry.

The Carter McGregor Jr Memorial Stakes is the fourth race on the 11-race card with a scheduled post time of 2:59 p.m.

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