|Jockey Martin Wins With First Mount
Back at Lone Star; Pays $167.40
(June 29, 2007)
- Eddie Martin Jr., Lone Star Park's 2004 riding champ and sixth
all-time leading jockey, returned to Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie
on Friday night with a vengeance. The 43-year-old New Orleans native
piloted 80-1 longshot Wish Again to a narrow neck victory in the
first race and paid $167.40 to win.
"It's great to back," said Martin, who had been riding
in Kentucky and New York since 2005. "I can't believe she was
80-1! I rode her just like the gallop boy said he rode her in the
Martin, the 28-year veteran who notched his 3,000th career win
in December, picked up the mount at Wednesday morning's post position
draw when regular rider Eguard Tejera opted to ride I Love to Say
Yes. "We were open and said 'Sure, we'll ride,'" said
Doug Davis, who is booking Martin's mounts at Lone Star.
After a solid eighth-place finish in the Aqueduct jockey standings
with 48 wins from 456 mounts (10.5%) between Oct. 25 and April 29,
Martin didn't fare as well at Belmont, winning just four of 114
mounts (3.5%) through Sunday.
"With arriving so late, my goal over the next month is to
get a head start on the Remington Park meeting (which opens August
2 - four days after the conclusion of the Lone Star meeting on July
29)," Martin said. "I've been getting on horses in the
morning and reacquainting with old friends."
Martin, who shares the Lone Star Park record of 22 career stakes
wins with Corey Lanerie, ranks sixth in career wins at the Grand
Prairie racetrack and could easily move into fourth by season's
end. The all-time local leaders are Cliff Berry (506), Lanerie (477),
Roman Chapa (312), Ronald Ardoin (281), Casey Lambert (281) and
Amazingly, the majority of Martin's lofty Lone Star win total was
amassed in only four seasons in which he rode the entire meet: 1998
(28 wins), '99 (58), 2003 (85) and '04, where he won his only local
title with 87 victories. He also rode some winners during the 2000
and '05 meetings.
FORTY GRAMS HEADS SATURDAY'S $100,000 ALYSHEBA BREEDERS'
The Steve Asmussen-trained Forty Grams, third in the Grade II Lexington
Stakes and Grade III Lone Star Derby, is the 8-5 morning line favorite
for Saturday's 11th running of the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup
Stakes. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds tops a stakes doubleheader
at Lone Star Park that also includes the $50,000 Lone Star Oaks
for 3-year-old fillies.
Forty Grams, a two-time winner and $223,175-earner in nine career
starts for owners Alan Pesch, George Bolton and Fog City Stables,
finished fifth in the Grade II Ohio Derby at Thistledown earlier
this month. This winter at Fair Grounds, the Distorted Humor colt
was a 13-length allowance winner over one mile.
Veteran rider Cliff Berry will take over the riding duties because
Asmussen's number one Lone Star jockey Luis Quinonez is riding the
trainer's More Than Regal in the Grade II Prairie Meadows Cornhusker
Breeders' Cup Handicap. Quinonez also has the mount aboard the Donnie
K. Von Hemel-trained Brownie Points, runner-up in the Grade III
Ouija Board Handicap at Lone Star, in the $125,000 Iowa Distaff
Also entered in the Alysheba were attract two-time allowance winner
Crosstown from the barn of leading trainer Bret Calhoun and Northern
Spur Breeders' Cup champ Takedown, another Asmussen trainee.
Here's the complete Alysheba Breeders' Cup Stakes field from the
rail out (with jockeys, trainers and morning line odds): Gold Wonder
(Ramsey Zimmerman, Kamal Sheena, 12-1); Crosstown (Bobby Walker
Jr., Calhoun, 3-1); Cherokee Wind (Richard Eramia, Joe Lucas, 12-1);
Hadacure (Eddie Martin Jr., Joe Petalino, 10-1); Forty Grams (Cliff
Berry, Steve Asmussen, 8-5); Takedown (Glen Murphy, Asmussen, 4-1);
Game of Skill (Justin Shephed, Chris Hartman, 20-1); and Strong
City (Quincy Hamilton, Von Hemel, 8-1).
Asmussen will attempt to win the race for a record fourth time.
The 41-year-old previously won the race with Abajo (1999), Overdone
(2000) and Santana Strings (2005).
The Alysheba will run as Race 9 at approximately 5:19 p.m. CT on
a 10-race card that begins at 1:35 p.m. CT.
The Lone Star Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile turf test for 3-year-old fillies
headed by Asmussen's stakes winner Nice Inheritance, will run one
race earlier as Race 8 at approximately 4:51 p.m. CT. The field
from the rail out: Nice Inheritance (Shepherd, Asmussen, 2-1); Katys
Gold Touch (Eguard Tejera, John Locke, 8-1); Alice Belle (Eramia,
Locke, 8-1); Black Giraffe (Rico Flores, Tim Dixon, 20-1); Kid Majic
(Berry, Allen Milligan, 20-1); Not in My House (Larry Taylor, Mike
Mareina, 3-1); Stage Stop (Tony McNeil, Cheryl Asmussen, 6-1); She's
Outrageous (Zimmerman, Hartman, 10-1); Plan Nine (Iram Diego, Joe
Offolter, 12-1); and Hart's Sunset (Murphy, Bob Schultz, 6-1). The
Locke-trained duo of Katys Gold Touch and Alice Belle will run coupled.
WEEKEND SIMULCASTS - This weekend's simulcasts
are highlighted by 10 graded stakes, including Saturday's Grade
I, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup (3-year-olds and up at 1 ¼
miles) at Hollywood Park and a Grade I stakes doubleheader from
Belmont Park: the $400,000 Suburban Handicap (3-year-olds and up
at 1 ¼ miles) and $250,000 Mother Goose (3-year-old fillies
at 1 1/8 miles). Also scheduled on Saturday: the Grade II, $300,000
Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (3-year-olds &
up at 1 1/8 miles); the Grade II, $250,000 Firecracker Breeders'
Cup Stakes (3-year-olds and up at one mile on turf) from Churchill
Downs; and the Grade II, $250,000 American Handicap (3-year-olds
and up at 1 1/8 miles on turf) from Hollywood. Sunday's action is
topped by Hollywood's Grade II, $150,000 Beverly Hills Handicap
(fillies and mares at 1 ¼ miles on turf).
$25,000 HORSESHOE PITCH BETWEEN RACES SATURDAY
- Entry blanks to participate in the $25,000 100.3 JACK FM Horseshoe
Pitch between races Saturday will be distributed at admission gates
until the 2 p.m. contest deadline. After the sixth race on the main
track, six contestants - three JACK FM listeners and three in attendance
at Lone Star that afternoon - will get one try at a regulation ringer
on the fly worth $25,000.
OLDIES, BLUES BY FARSIDE BAND BETWEEN RACES SATURDAY
- Farside Band will perform oldies and blues music Saturday between
12-4 p.m. on the Courtyard of Champions stage. Also, 100.3 JACK
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.
SHEPHERD, ZIMMERMAN ON THE ROAD FOR STAKES ENGAGEMENTS
- Jockey Justin Shepherd will be on the road July 4 and July 7 for
engagements in Grade III, $100,000 events for 2-year-olds, according
to agent Scott Hare. He'll ride the Allen Milligan-trained colt
Kinetic Motion in the July 4 Hollywood Juvenile Championship to
be run over six furlongs at Hollywood Park, and filly Miss Missile,
owned and trained by Charlie Smith, in the July 7 Debutante Stakes,
a 5 ½-furlong sprint on closing day at Churchill Downs. Kinetic
Motion was runner-up to Namesake as the 6-5 favorite in the colts
and geldings division of the TTA Sales Futurity. Miss Missile finished
a troubled fourth as the even-money favorite in the fillies division.
Prior to that, Miss Missile ran the fastest 4 ½ furlongs
in Lone Star Park history (:51.18) in her career debut April 28
and followed the effort with a victory in a TTA Sales Futurity trial
over five furlongs in :58.61 which earned the largest Beyer Speed
Figure by a 2-year-old filly in the history of Lone Star Park's
Spring Thoroughbred Season (88). Hare also reported that leading
rider Ramsey Zimmerman will be in Chicago on July 4 to ride Cloudy's
Knight, winner of the Grade III Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup this
winter, in Arlington Park's Grade III, 200,000 Stars and Stripes
Breeders' Cup Turf at 1 ½ miles on grass.
PAST ALYSHEBA BREEDERS' CUP STAKES WINNERS: Past
winners of the Alysheba Breeders' Cup Stakes: Thatsusintheolbean
(1997), Custer (1998), Abajo (1999), Overdone (2000), Touch Tone
(2001), Premeditation (2002), Kool Humor (2003), Charming Socialite
(2004), Santana Strings (2005) and His Eyes (2006). This will be
the second year in a row that the race will be run at one mile (it
was a sprint between six and seven furlongs from 1997-2005). As
a result, His Eyes holds the stakes record of 1:37.71. The average
winning Beyer Speed Figure is 96. Trainer Steve Asmussen has won
the race a record three times with Abajo, Overdone and Santana Strings.
PAST LONE STAR OAKS WINNERS: Past winners of the
Lone Star Oaks: Tassa (1997), Cinemine (1998), Mumtaz (1999), Watch
(2000), La Recherche (2001), La Martina-GB (2002), Petionville Indeed
(2003), America America (2004), Victory Lap (2005) and Aly's Vow
(2006). Tassa holds the stakes record of 1:41.11. The average winning
Beyer Speed Figure is 90.
SPECIAL LONE STAR PARK RACING SCHEDULE (JUNE 30-JULY 8)
· Saturday, June 30: First Live Race at 1:35 p.m.
· Sunday, July 1: First Live Race at 1:35 p.m. CT
· Monday, July 2: No live racing, but simulcast
wagering in Post Time Pavilion
· Tuesday, July 3 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks
Celebration): First Live Race at 5 p.m. CT
· Wednesday, July 4 (Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks
Celebration): First Live Race at 5 p.m. CT
· Thursday, July 5: First Live Race at 6:35 p.m.
· Friday, July 6: First Live Race at 6:35 p.m. CT
· Saturday, July 7 (Stars of Texas Day): First Live
Race at 6:35 p.m. CT
· Sunday, July 8: First Live Race at 6:35 p.m. CT
SATURDAY, JUNE 30 AT A GLANCE
· 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Drive Thru Wagering at Gate 2
· 10:25 a.m. - Parking Gates 1-5, Post Time Pavilion and
Jockey Club Lounge (private) open
· 11:30 a.m. - Grandstand opens
· 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Live music in the Courtyard of Champions
by Farside Band
· 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Lone Star Park Handicapping Seminar
with The Dallas Morning News' Rick Lee and Lone Star Park track
announcer John Lies on the first floor of the Grandstand (and public
address system/television monitors)
· 1:35 p.m. - The first of 10 live races at Lone Star Park
· 2 p.m. - Deadline to enter $25,000 100.3 JACK FM Horseshoe
· 3:43 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade I, $250,000 Mother
Goose Stakes (3-year-old fillies at 1 1/8 miles) from Belmont Park
(Race 8); features Octave, Lady Joanne and Boca Grande
· 3:49 p.m. - Simulcast of Race 8 at Churchill Downs, the
start of a $100,000-guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool
· 3:53 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade III, $150,000 Boiling
Springs Handicap (3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf) from
Monmouth Park (Race 9); features Rutherienne, Sharp Susan, Red Birkin
and More Than a Feelin
· Approximately 4 p.m. - $25,000 100.3 JACK FM Horseshoe
Pitch on the main track
· 4:06 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade II, $250,000 American
Invitational Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 1 1/8 miles on turf)
from Hollywood Park (Race 5); features The Tin Man and Willow O
· 4:36 p.m. - Simulcast of Race 6 from Hollywood Park, the
start of a $400,000-guaranteed Pick 6 pool
· 4:15 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade I, $400,000 Suburban
Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 1 ¼ miles) from Belmont
Park (Race 9); features Corinthian, Fairbanks, Hesanoldsalt and
· 4:51 p.m. - 11th running of the $50,000 Lone Star Oaks
(3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf) from Lone Star Park
(Race 8); features Nice Inheritance and Not in My House
· 4:51 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade II, $250,000 Firecracker
Handicap (3-year-olds & up at one mile on turf) from Churchill
Downs (Race 10); features Brilliant, Remarkable News-VEN and Dallas
Turf Cup runner-up Crested-GB
· 5:19 p.m. - 11th running of the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders'
Cup Stakes (3-year-olds at one mile) from Lone Star Park (Race 9);
features Forty Grams, Crosstown and Takedown
· 5:38 p.m. - Simulcast of Race 8 from Hollywood Park, the
start of a $300,000-guaranteed Late Pick 4 pool
· 6:50 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade I, $750,000 Hollywood
Gold Cup Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 1 ¼ miles) from
Hollywood Park (Race 10); features Lava Man, Molengao-BRZ, A.P.
Excellent, A.P. Arrow and Wilko
· 9:25 p.m. - Simulcast of the $125,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders'
Cup Stakes (fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles) from Prairie Meadows
(Race 7); features Leah's Secret, Soul Search, Plaid and Ouija Board
Handicap runner-up Brownie Points
· 10 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade II, $300,000 Prairie
Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap (3-year-olds & up
at 1 1/8 miles) from Prairie Meadows (Race 8); features Patriot
Act, Texas Mile champ Silent Pleasure, Lone Star Park Handicap third
Jonesboro and Dallas Turf Cup Handicap fourth More Than Regal