|TTA Sales Futurity Divisional Finals and the Inaugural Running of the Lane's End Stallion Scholarship Stakes Highlight Saturday's Racing Program at Lone Star Park
(Grand Prairie, Texas - Thursday, June 14, 2012) - Lone Star park at Grand Prairie is proud to host "Scholarship Day at the Races, Investing in Our Future" this Saturday and the inaugural running of the $50,000 Lane's End Stallion Scholarship Stakes as a supporting feature to the two divisions of the TTA Sales Futurity for the Texas Thoroughbred Association.
The Texas Thoroughbred Association established the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund in 2005. The Scholarship program provides qualified TTA members and their children with monetary assistance to help meet annual college education costs. The TTEF scholarship program received a terrific boost this year when Will Farish, a Houston native, former ambassador to the Court of St. James, and owner of Lane's End Farm in Versailles, Kentucky, and Lane's End Texas near Hempstead, committed $150,000 over the next three years in equal $50,000 contributions as an investment in the present and future education of TTEF recipients.
The Lane's End Scholarship Stakes is a seven-and-one-half furlong turf race for fillies and mares, three-year-olds and up. It is the seventh race on Saturdays card and has drawn a field of 12. They are from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds in parenthesis: I'm a Bear (Alejandro Medellin, 5-2); Perfect Meadow (Alejandro Medellin, 5-2); Patty's Pride (Gerardo Mora, 12-1); She Has Bling (Erik McNeil, 50-1); Donegal Gold (Junior Chacaltana, 4-1); Zippy Wager (Lindy Wade, 10-1); Youcannotbeserious (Gerard Melancon, 8-1); Circustown Rose (Cliff Berry, 12-1); Pharme's Phire (Roman Chapa, 12-1); Laverne (Weldon Cloninger, 20-1); Dixie Dust (Bryan McNeil (5-1) and Joy's Paradise (Glen Murphy, 9-2).
The first of two Texas Thoroughbred Association divisional Sales Futurities, $100,000 estimated, is the colt and gelding division. Scheduled as the sixth race Saturday, it has drawn a field of 11. They are, from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds in parenthesis: Dat Red Cat (Roman Chapa, 8-5); Boogalee (Junior Chacaltana, 8-5); Bronce Bellator (Jose Angel Medina, 50-1); Unbridled's Score (Weldon Cloninger, 30-1); Shockman (Cliff Berry, 7-2); Tears (Glen Murphy, 30-1); City Fast (Alejandro Medellin, 12-1); Seeking Payday (Benito Tovar Morales, 15-1); Changing Karma (Gerardo Mora, 6-1); Validated Blarney (Lindey Wade, 20-1) and Worldventurer (Jamie Theriot, 3-1).
The filly and mare division has also drawn a field of 11. Scheduled as race eight on the card,
the field from the rail out with jockey and morning line odds in parenthesis is: Miss Goodthing (Gerard Melancon, 2-1); Bear Bottom (Alejandro Medellin, 10-1); Bluejoy (Roman Chapa, 8-1); Ballerinagonewild (Alfredo Contreras, 20-1); Becks Expectations (Jose Angel Medina (20-1); Smeauxkininthelane (Lindey Wade,
20-1); Platinum Song (Glen Murphy, 20-1); Tastefullyxcessive (Cliff Berry, 20-1); Falling Star (Bryan McNeil,
6-1); Pardonmecomingthru (Larry Taylor, 3-1) and Final Song (Jamie Theriot, 8-1).
Additional Events at Lone Star Park on Saturday
Jockeys & Java: Fans can enjoy a complimentary breakfast of Danish, breakfast burritos and coffee. Watch the horses on the track during their morning workouts and listen to insights and commentary from Track Announcer John Lies and his special guests this week, jockeys Tony McNeil, Bryan McNeil and Erik McNeil. Afterwards, board a bus and enjoy an in-depth tour of the barn and stable area. The free morning workout program begins at 8:30 a.m. each Saturday through the remainder of the 2012 Spring Thoroughbred Season.
Dollar Day: Back by popular demand, Dollar Day returns to Lone Star Park this Saturday, June 16. Customers can enjoy general admission, programs, soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn and select beer all for just $1 each. Grandstand gates open at 11:30 a.m. and the first live race is at 1:35 p.m.
Live Music: Listen to the music of Domino Effect in the Courtyard of Champions from 1-5 p.m.
Additional Notes: Heading into Thursday night's action, Bret Calhoun is clinging to the top of the trainer standings with 31 wins. He is being pursued by a fast-closing Danny Pish with 30 wins ... Cliff Berry leads all riders with 45 wins ... End Zone Athletics, Inc. has unseated Tom Durant in the owner standings with its 12 wins to his eight.