-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
|Martin Bags Record 23rd Stakes
Win Before 20,000 at Lone Star Park
(July 4, 2007)
- Mystery Classic shot through an opening along the inside rail
and ran down pacesetter Orphan Brigade to win Wednesday night's
$50,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths
at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Because of a midday thunderstorm,
the five-furlong sprint was transferred from the turf to the main
track, which was labeled "muddy."
Mystery Classic, a 4-year-old gelded son of Mystery Storm, was
clocked in :56.73 under Eddie Martin Jr. The victory gave Martin
his record 23rd stakes win at Lone Star Park, which snapped a tie
with Corey Lanerie.
Breaking from post No. 4 in the field of seven older horses, Mystery
Classic showed good speed early, but Martin opted to drop back of
the early leaders, K D King and Orphan Brigade, who ran the first
quarter mile in :21.46 and :44.56, respectively.
"I think the winning move was when I cut the corner,"
said Martin, 43. "[At the top of the stretch], it parted like
the Red Sea for me down on the rail and off he went."
Mystery Classic paid $5.60, $3.40 and $2.40 as the 9-5 second betting
choice. Orphan Brigade, the 8-5 choice, returned $3 and $2.40. Toga
Too rallied for third and paid $2.40. K D King, Greggo, Cee's the
Point and Joe Move completed the order of finish. Daring Child was
a late scratch.
Martin, the 2004 local riding champ, returned to Lone Star Park
six days earlier after spending the last two years in Kentucky and
New York. He was a late replacement for veteran jockey Bobby Walker
Jr., who fractured his right collarbone when his mount stumbled
badly at the start of Sunday's first race.
"Bobby deserves a lot of the credit because he brought this
horse along and taught him how to rate," said winning trainer
Bob Schultz, who also conditions third-place finisher Toga Too.
"I'm sorry Bobby got hurt last Sunday. He wasn't here to ride,
but he sure deserves a lot of the credit."
Mystery Classic, who collected his third career stakes win, earned
$30,000 and jumped his career earnings to $162,510. The 4-year-old
gelding has now won eight of his 13 starts for owner/breeder John
The victory came before a crowd conservatively estimated at 20,000.
For the second night in a row, Lone Star Park staged nine live races
followed by post-race fireworks. On Tuesday, total attendance was
16,047. A final attendance number for Wednesday will be available
Live racing at Lone Star Park continues Thursday night with a nine-race
program that begins at 6:35 p.m. CT.