-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
|Toga Too Wins McGregor at Lone
Star Park; Asmussen Wins Nine Races Around Country
16, 2007) - Toga Too, under leading rider Ramsey Zimmerman,
slipped through an opening along the inside rail at the top of the
stretch and powered home to a 1 ½-length victory over Lissa's
Star in Saturday's $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes at
Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Toga Too, owned by Frank Carsten Jr. and conditioned by Bob Schultz,
ran six furlongs over a muddy main track in 1:09.93. The 6-year-old
gelding collected his first career stakes win and paid $11, $7.40
and $3.80 as the 9-2 third betting choice in the field of nine Texas-breds.
Runner-up Lissa's Star, an 11-1 outsider, returned $15.20 and $6.
Defending race champ War Bridle, off at odds of 7-1, was another
length back in third and paid $4.80.
Nuttyboom, the Louisiana invader who was sent postward as the mild
5-2 favorite, finished fourth.
The win was the fifth in 23 lifetime starts for Toga Too, a son
of The Prime Minister bred by A.J. Foyt Jr. It was worth $30,000,
pushing his career earnings to $110,515.
"At the three-eighths pole, I had a ton of horse and I hadn't
even asked him yet," said Zimmerman, who collected his third
stakes win of the meet. "I was able to slip through along the
rail, and it was just a dream trip."
Earlier on the card, trainer Steve Asmussen won three races - the
second with Swamp Lady ($8.80), the fourth with Our Call ($3.80)
and the eighth with Red Rock Creek ($5.80) - to give the Preakness
Stakes-winning trainer nine victories on the day. The 41-year-old
Arlington, Texas resident also won four races at Churchill Downs
- the second with Humble Janet ($5), third with Sok Sok ($9.80),
fourth with Simon Pure ($7.60) and sixth with Inca King ($18.60)
- and one at Arlington Park - the first with Deputy Dancer ($3.60).
On Feb. 7, 2004, Asmussen won a North American record 10 races.
He nearly equaled the mark Saturday, but True Man, trained by his
sister-in-law Cheryl Asmussen, nailed his trainee Cantallbechiefs
by a nose in Lone Star Park's seventh race.
Live racing continues Sunday at Lone Star Park with a nine-race
Father's Day program that begins at 1:35 p.m. CT. The first 200
men age 21 and over in attendance will be eligible for a Father's
Day Fishing Contest to win a stainless steel barbecue grill.
Sunday is also the second and final day of Lone Star Park's Daily
Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Qualifying Tournament.
At the conclusion of Saturday's action, Ralph Lough unofficially
led the 194 participating horseplayers with a bankroll of $161.
Marcy Jordan was second with $150.80 and Jack Bailey was third with
$126. The top three finishers will earn berths to the NHC IX finals
in Las Vegas in January. Plus, more than $10,000 in prize money
is up for grabs.