Tempting Date Looks for Repeat Performance in Saturday's $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes

(June 20, 2007) - Tempting Date, the stakes-winning 5-year-old mare who easily won a five-furlong turf allowance at Lone Star Park on June 7, is the likely horse-to-beat for Saturday's $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes.

The five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares - formerly known as the City of Arlington Stakes (1997-99) and Miller Lite Stakes (2000-06) - highlights Week 11 of Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 16-week Spring Thoroughbred Season. Entries and post positions for the race will be drawn Thursday morning.

Owned by Adam and Paul Lewis, Tempting Date has won seven of her 13 career starts and $303,818, including the 2005 California Cup Distaff Handicap. After winning the $50,000 Czaria Handicap at Sunland Park on April 29, red-hot trainer Chris Hartman, who has won with 30.0% of his Lone Star Park starters (15-for-50) since May 10, used the June 7 race at Lone Star as a springboard to Saturday's stakes engagement. A repeat performance of her 1 ½-length score over Heres a Memory in :56.45 over "good" going would make the Cal-bred daughter of Perfect Mandate tough to beat.

Another possible starter with a California connection is the Adam Kitchingman-trained Indian Breeze, who was expected to arrive on a Thursday morning flight from her Santa Anita base, according to stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg. The winner of the 2005 Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park won a five-furlong turf sprint at Bay Meadows in her last start 198 days ago on Dec. 6. Overall, the 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie has won four of eight starts and $150,680.

Other possible entries, according to Shamburg, are multiple stakes winner Annie Savoy, second level allowance winner Cape Sunset, Valid Expectations Stakes champ Cintarosa, Heres a Memory, $20,000 claiming race winner Miss Willow, first level allowance winner Most Beautiful, Louisiana invader Ruby's Grand Slam, comebacking 7-year-old mare Runs Naked and Valid Expectations third Yo Fanci.


PAST NEVILL/KYOCERA STAKES WINNERS: Past winners of the Nevill/Kyocera Stakes: Icy Morn (1997), Brenda Stahr (1998), Cinemine (1999), Chris's Thunder (2000), Hallowed Dreams (2001), Leslie's Love (2002), Cauy (2003), Fleeta Dif (2004), Queena Corrina (2005) and Magic Power (2006). Icy Morn holds the stakes record of :55.76. The average winning Beyer Speed Figure is 90.

SUTTON WINS TOURNAMENT THANKS TO RUNAWAY LIL BULL - When first-time starter Runaway Lil Bull won Lone Star Park's ninth and final race Sunday at odds of 13-1, Roger Sutton of Mesquite, Texas lapped five opponents, including leader Louis Licata of Shagrin Falls, Ohio, to win last weekend's Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship Qualifying Tournament at the Grand Prairie, Texas racetrack. Runaway Lil Bull returned $28 to win and $12.80 to place in the final mandatory race of the two-day handicapping tournament, slipping Sutton past Licata by a slim $2.30 -- $222.70 to $220.40. Over Saturday and Sunday, a local record 193 handicappers placed $2 mythical win and place wagers on 16 mandatory races and 14 additional races from Lone Star Park, Arlington Park, Belmont Park and Churchill Downs. Both Sutton, Licata and Kenneth Clark of Longview, Texas who finished third with $205.30, will advance to the NHC IX finals in Las Vegas in January. They also took home $5,000, $2,500 and $1,000 in prize money, respectively.

WEEKEND SIMULCASTS - This weekend's simulcasts are highlighted by four graded stakes Saturday and the first leg of Canada's Triple Crown on Sunday. Fillies and mares will travel 1 ¼ miles on turf in Saturday's Grade II, $250,000 New York Breeders' Cup Handicap at Belmont Park. There's also a trio of Grade III events each worth $150,000: the Salvator Mile at Monmouth Park (3-year-olds and up at one mile), Arlington Classic at Arlington Park (3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles on turf) and Cinema Breeders' Cup Handicap at Hollywood Park (3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles on turf). Sunday's featured event is the $1 million Queen's Plate from Woodbine, a 1 ¼-mile event for Canadian-bred 3-year-olds.

ZIMM INCREASES LEAD IN JOCKEY STANDINGS - Ramsey Zimmerman led all riders with seven wins last week (June 14-17) to continue his 10-week reign atop the Lone Star Park jockey standings. The 25-year-old native of Palm Beach, Fla. will begin Week 11 of the 16-week meeting with a 50 to 44 advantage over Richard Eramia, who has ridden 15 winners this month which is tops in the local colony. Quincy Hamilton, who made six trips to the winner's circle last week to raise his season total to 41, leaped two-time defending champ Cliff Berry (40 wins) for third. Luis Quinonez (38), Justin Shepherd (28), Glen Murphy (27), Larry Taylor (26), Eguard Tejera (14) and Filemon Rodriguez (12) round out the Top 10. Zimmerman also leads all local riders in money-won with $852,326.

QUINONEZ ON SHELF - On Thursday, jockey Luis Quinonez will begin to serve a seven-day suspension handed down by Texas Racing Commission stewards for his ride aboard Mighty Mambo in the eighth race on June 14. Mighty Mambo was disqualified from fifth to seventh for interference with Doctordoctormrmd near the three-sixteenths pole. Quinonez is eligible to ride in a designated stakes race, however, but participation would extend his suspension an additional day. Quinonez was fifth in the standings with 38 victories and second in money-won with $833,276.

CALHOUN STILL ON TOP OF TRAINERS - Despite winning with 28.4% of his 134 entries, Bret Calhoun has gone winless with his last 11 starters since winning the $93,350 TTA Sales Futurity on June 9 with 2-year-old filly Maileys Cat. Nevertheless, the 43-year-old Grand Prairie native will begin Week 11 at Lone Star Park with a comfortable lead in the trainer standings as he pursues his first local training title. Calhoun had 38 wins, eight more than an unusually sluggish Cody Autrey (4-for-30 since May 20) and nine ahead of perennial leader Steve Asmussen, who has been red-hot since May 10, winning 21 races (20.0% of the time) to lead all local trainers over the last 25 racing dates. Danny Pish (24 wins), John Locke (21), Chris Hartman (17), Donnie K. Von Hemel (15), Jorge Lara (14), Dallas Keen (11) and Allen Milligan (10) complete the Top 10. After starting the meet 2-for-18, Hartman has won with 15 of his last 50 starters since May 10 (30.0%). Keen and Milligan have also been strong since May 25. Keen has gone 7-for-17 (41.2%) since then while Milligan is 8-for-34 (23.5%). Other trainers in top form lately include Joe Offolter, who is 5-for-17 (29.4%) since May 24 after starting the meet 0-for-31; Tommie Morgan, 6-for-23 (26.1%) since May 24 after starting the meet 1-for-33; Bob Young, 5-for-21 (23.8%) since May 6 after starting the meet 0-for-13; Joe Petalino, 4-for-26 (15.4%) since May 18 after starting the meet 1-for-23; and Bob Schultz, 3-for-9 since June 8.

HEFLIN & DRIVER RACING FIVE WINS SHY OF SINGLE SEASON RECORD - It's been a tale of two meetings for leading owners Sandy and Jerry Heflin of Rockwall, Texas and Ywachetta and James Driver of Irving, Texas. The formidable team, who merged their horses in March, had won with 20 of their first 40 starters (50.0%) over the first 22 dates of the Lone Star Park meeting. But since May 19, they've won with two of their last 20 entries (10.0%) with seven seconds and four thirds. Despite the recent bump in the road, Heflin & Driver Racing LLC had a comfortable 22-to-8 lead in the local owner standings over Jan Haynes of Dallas and Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt of Houston. There was a four-way tie for fourth with six wins each between Tom Durant, Frontier Stables, Carl Moore and Clarence Scharbauer Jr. Meanwhile, James Hatcher Jr., Brian Mundell, Charlie Smith, John and Marilyn Locke's TBD Owners and Wimp Free Racing Stable each had five wins. Heflin & Driver Racing need five wins to tie Lone Star Park's single season record of 27 victories set by the Kagele Brothers in the spring of 2004.

ZANE LEWIS, HEINEKEN DRINK SPECIALS HIGHLIGHT FRIDAY'S PARTY AT THE PARK - Live country music by Zane Lewis and Heineken drink specials from 7-11 p.m. highlight this Friday's "Party at the Park" in the Courtyard of Champions. There also will be a special promotional appearance 99.5 The Wolf.

CLASSIC ROCK, BLUES BY RUSS LOWRY BETWEEN RACES SATURDAY - Russ Lowry will perform classic rock and blues Saturday between 12-4 p.m. on the Courtyard of Champions stage. Also, ESPN 103.3 FM will be on hand for a special promotional appearance.

SENIOR CITIZEN'S DAY - Sunday is Senior Citizen's Day where all patrons age 62 and up will receive free general admission with proof of identification.

NUTT WINS BARBECUE GRILL - Steve Nutt of Kennedale, Texas was the only one to catch the specially tagged catfish in Sunday's Father's Day Fishing Contest at Lone Star Park. By doing so, he took home the grand prize of a stainless steel barbecue grill.

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