|Cal Invader Indian Breeze Heads
Saturday's $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes at Lone Star
(June 22, 2007) - California invader Indian Breeze landed post
No. 6 in a field of 10 fillies and mares and was made the 2-1 morning
line favorite for Saturday's $50,000 Nevill Kyocera Stakes at Lone
Star Park. The five-furlong turf sprint, formerly known as the Miller
Lite Stakes, highlights the weekend action at the Grand Prairie,
Indian Breeze, a winner of four races and $150,680 in eight career
starts including the 2005 Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park, checked
into the Lone Star Park stable area at 11:20 a.m. Thursday after
a charter flight from Southern California. Trainer Adam Kitchingman
and owner William Peeples of Santa Barbara, Calif. brought her to
Texas because they believe the 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie
is a five-furlong grass specialist.
"She's unbeaten at the distance (two-for-two) and there aren't
a lot of those kind of races here in California," said Kitchingman,
who's won with 19.6% of his starters since 2003. "Timing-wise,
this is a good step to the Daisycutter at Del Mar." The Daisycutter
Handicap is an $85,000 five-furlong turf race for females on July
26 at Del Mar.
The Nevill/Kyocera will be Indian Breeze's first affair since winning
a five-eighths of a mile grass sprint at Bay Meadows on Dec. 6 -
198 days ago.
"She's had some tough races and knee issues in the past,"
said Kitchingman, who'll watch Saturday's race from California on
television. "We took a chip out of her knee and she's been
training well for her comeback. I'm a little worried about Tempting
Date, but she's doing well and I wouldn't have brought her to Texas
if I didn't think she'd have a good chance to win."
Tempting Date, the 5-2 second betting choice who'll break from
post 9, has won seven of 13 starts and $303,818, including the 2005
California Cup Distaff Handicap. Last time out, she won a five-furlong
turf allowance at Lone Star by 1 ½ lengths in :56.45 over
"good" going. Prior to that, she won the $50,000 Czaria
Handicap at Sunland Park for owners Adam and Paul Lewis and trainer
Here's the Nevill/Kyocera field from the rail out (with jockeys,
trainer and morning line odds): Prospectors Spirit (Bryan McNeil,
Michael Gass II, 30-1); Cape Sunset (Bobby Walker Jr., Cody Autrey,
15-1); Annie Savoy (Larry Taylor, Kari Craddock, 15-1); Yo Fanci
(Justin Shepherd, Joe Petalino, 4-1); Heres a Memory (Glen Murphy,
Jorge Lara, 15-1); Indian Breeze (Cliff Berry, Adam Kitchingman,
2-1); Seneca Song (Richard Eramia, Chris Hartman, 8-1); Ruby's Grand
Slam (Filemon Rodriguez, Pat Mouton, 12-1); Tempting Date (Ramsey
Zimmerman, Chris Hartman, 5-2); and Most Beautiful (Eguard Tejera,
Steve Asmussen, 15-1).
The Nevill/Kyocera will go as Race 9 at 5:19 p.m. CT on a 10-race
program that begins at 1:35 p.m. CT.
DOWN THE STRETCH
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.
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.
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 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.