|$100,000 TTA Sales Futurity Stakes Highlight Saturday's 10-Race Program at LSP
(Grand Prairie, Texas - June 8, 2011) - Saturday’s 22nd running of the $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity Stakes (Colts and Geldings Division) for two-year-olds, to be run at five furlongs over the main track, features Ed Few’s Lil Cherokee, trained by current meet-leading trainer Bret Calhoun, and Ed Wright Cattle Company and Miles Childers’ Bucktown, trained by Bernie Flint.
A bay son of Cherokee Run, Lil Cherokee was an impressive debut winner at Lone Star Park on May 12 when covering 4 1/2-furlongs in 52.64. Lone Star Park’s all-time leading rider Cliff Berry is back aboard.
"He’s a talented colt and he was impressive in his debut,” said trainer Bret Calhoun. “He’s very professional and we’re optimistic heading into Saturday.”
Bucktown, a bay son of Leestown, won his career debut at Churchill Downs over a sloppy surface on May 3. A 1 3/4-length winner, Bucktown beat the Todd Pletcher-trained Tippy Toes who returned to win at Churchill Downs on June 5.
Another of note in the TTA Sales Futurity (Colts and Geldings Division) is the Francisco Bravo-trained Bette’s Aftershock. The bay son of After Market was a handy winner in his career debut at Lone Star Park on May 26. His final time of 59.20 is the fastest five-furlong clocking for a two-year-old at the 2011 Lone Star Park Thoroughbred meeting.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Bucktown (Chris Landeros, 2-1); Bette’s Aftershock (Bryan McNeil, 12-1); Luvnarollercoastr (Roman Chapa, 8-1); Boca Bay (Luis Quinonez, 4-1); Jubal Early (Jeremy Collier, 20-1); Lil Cherokee (Cliff Berry, 9-5); Double Birdie (Jansen Melancon, 8-1); Field Goal (Luis Quinonez, 4-1); and Doctor Romane (Jeremy Collier, 20-1).
Scheduled as race seven on the 10-race program, the TTA Sales Futurity Stakes (Colts and Geldings Division) has an approximate post time of 4:23 p.m. CDT.
Asmussen and Calhoun Clash in $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity Fillies Division
The 19th running of the $100,000 TTA Sales Futurity Stakes (Fillies Division) is the second-half of a stakes doubleheader for two-year-olds going five furlongs at Lone Star Park on Saturday. Trainer Bret Calhoun sends out Shocktime for owners Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch.
A bay daughter of Langfuhr, Shocktime won her career debut by nine lengths at Lone Star Park April 23 when travelling 4 1/2 furlongs in 53.52. Cliff Berry has the return call.
"She was sharp in her debut and she’s trained well since,” said trainer Bret Calhoun. “We’re looking for her to move forward.”
Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer, Steve Asmussen, ships in Magic Moondust, a strong third place finisher at Churchill Downs May 27. The bay daughter of Flatter is owned in partnership with Whispering Oaks Farm LLC and Asmussen. Luis Quinonez will be aboard.
Asmussen has won the TTA Sales Futurity (Fillies Division) a record eight times: Bridesmaid (2008), Miss Mary Pat (2006), Covered in Clover (2005), Berdelia (2004), Bluegrass Sara (2003), Smoke Buster (2001), Louetta (2000) and Maddie’s Promise (1999).
Another contender of note is the James Schultz-trained Cajun Diva. The bay daughter of Touch Gold was an easy winner in her career debut at Lone Star Park April 24.
The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Ram Air (Eguard Tejera, 30-1); Positive Spin (Lindey Wade, 7-5); Vindicated Redbird (Eliazar Vera, 30-1); Shocktime (Cliff Berry, 9-5); Holiday Jazz (Chris Landeros, 6-1); Coushata Lady (Jeremy Collier, 30-1); Cajun Diva (Jansen Melancon, 4-1); Magic Moondust (Luis Quinonez, 7-5); and Rose Witch (Larry Taylor, 30-1).
Scheduled as race eight on the 10-race program, the TTA Sales Futurity Stakes (Fillies Division) has an approximate post time of 4:51 p.m. CDT.
This Weeks Events And Promotions At Lone Star Park
Thursday, June 9 – 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 6:35 p.m.
Friday, June 10 – The Lone Star Music Series continues with the Eli Young Band in concert. Join us for an evening of Thoroughbred racing and live Texas Country Music. Admission is just $5 before 9 p.m. and $15 after 9 p.m. Advance wagering on the Belmont Stakes will begins at 8 a.m. at drive-thru wagering through Gate 2.
Saturday, June 11 – Belmont Stakes Day: Watch, wager and win on the 142nd running of the Belmont Stakes featuring Kentucky Derby winner Animal Kingdom and Preakness winner Shackleford. Approximate post time for the Belmont Stakes is 5:35 p.m. Plus, live music by Scott Whitaker in our 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. Jockey’s & Java: Beginning at 8:30 a.m., watch horses during morning workouts from the shaded confines of the Courtyard of Champions. Enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast from the kitchen of Chef Jake Duplantis with breakfast burritos, danish, coffee and juice. Hosted by track announcer John Lies, this weeks special guest is jockey Bobby Walker, Jr. (interview begins at 9:00 a.m. followed by a question and answer session – guest subject to change). Following workouts at 10 a.m., fans are invited to take a behind-the-scenes trip to the backstretch. Everyone in attendance will receive a Lone Star Track Pack with coupons for free general admission and a Lone Star Today racing program.
Sunday, June 12 – 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. Bounce Houses on Pavilion Lawn.
Additional Notes: Heading into Thursday night’s action Bret Calhoun leads all trainers in wins at the 2011 Lone Star Park Spring Thoroughbred Meeting with 26 wins … Chris Landeros leads all riders with 39 wins …Tom Durant heads the list of owners with 14 wins … Bobby Walker, Jr., has two scheduled mounts Thursday night at Lone Star Park. Walker has not ridden at Lone Star in 2011 due to an ankle injury he suffered prior to the beginning of the 2011 Lone Star Park meeting. Walker has won 162 races at Lone Star Park, has 2,916 career wins.