Lil Cherokee
-photo by Reed Palmer Photography

-photo by Reed Palmer Photography

-photo by Reed Palmer Photography
Calhoun And Berry Sweep TTA Sales Futurity Stakes at LSP

Grand Prairie, Texas (June 11, 2011) - Ed Few’s Lil Cherokee, trained by Bret Calhoun, endured a stretch-long challenge from the Steve Asmussen-trained Field Goal to win the $88,860 TTA Sales Futurity (Colts and Geldings Division) Saturday at Lone Star Park.

With Cliff Berry aboard, the bay son of Cherokee Run quickly sprinted to the lead and set fractions of 22.72 and: 46.66. Never far behind, Field Goal made a serious bid for the lead entering the stretch forcing Lil Cherokee to call upon everything he had. The Final time for the five-furlong distance over a fast main track was 58.83. Field Goal finished a half-length behind in second and it was 8 1/4 lengths back to Luvnarollercoastr in third.

“He’s a real, real smart horse and he’s fast,” said winning rider Cliff Berry. “He really dug in through the stretch.”

With the win, Lil Cherokee improved his record to two wins from two starts and increased his earnings to $67,116.

Lil Cherokee paid $3.80, $2.60, $2.20, runner-up Field Goal returned $4.40, $2.80, and Luvnarollercoastr paid $4.00 for show. Boca Bay, Double Birdie, Bucktown, Bette’s Aftershock, and Doctor Romane completed the order of finish.

Shocktime Electrifies in TTA Sales Futurity (Fillies Division)

Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch’s Shocktime, trained by Bret Calhoun, followed up a nine-length maiden victory at Lone Star Park on April 23 with a dazzling performance in winning the $92,580 TTA Sales Futurity (Fillies Division) by 12 3/4 lengths Saturday. The Steve Asmussen-trained Magic Moondust finished second, and it was another 3/4 lengths back to Magic Moondust’s stablemate Positive Spin.

Ridden by Cliff Berry, the bay daughter of Langfuhr was sharp from the gate and carved out early fractions of 22.14 and 45.56. Shocktime effortlessly widened her advantage through the stretch covering five furlongs over a fast main track in 58.61, more than a fifth of a second faster than her male counterparts one race prior.

“She was impressive in her debut and she was even more impressive today,” said winning trainer Bret Calhoun. ”She went faster than the boys and she was just galloping.”

Shocktime, who earned her second victory from as many starts, increased her earnings to $69,348.

Shocktime paid $3.60, $2.40, $2.20, runner-up Magic Moondust returned $2.40, $2.80, Positive Spin paid $2.40, $2.80. Rose Witch, Cajun Diva, Holiday Jazz, Ram Air, Vindicated Redbird, and Coushata Lady completed the order of finish.

Record Attendance for Eli Young Band Friday Night

The gathering of 24,152 for the Eli Young Band Friday night represents the largest non-fireworks post-race concert in Lone Star Park history, surpassing the 23,656 that attended Cross Canadian Ragweed on June 17, 2005.

Future 2011 Lone Star Music Series concerts include: Stoney LaRue on Friday, June 24; Reckless Kelly & Josh Abbott Band on Friday, July 8 and Dwight Yoakam on Friday, July 9.

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