Two Divisions of $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes on Tap for Stars of Texas/Dollar Day on Saturday at LSP

(Grand Prairie, Texas - July 7, 2010) - Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch’s Tamtastic, who has been made the solid 8-5 morning line favorite by track odds maker Rick Lee, will be looking for his first career win this Saturday at Lone Star Park in the 9th Running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes for nominated, two-year-old colts and geldings to be run at 5 ½ furlongs on the main track.

In both of Tamtastic’s first two starts, including the $60,000 TTA Sales Futurity here on June 5, the gelded son of Early Flyer was runner up to Aces N Kings. In that last race, the Bret Calhoun-trainee missed by only a ½ length after going four wide on the turn.

“The race (TTA Sales Futurity) was a little short for us at five furlongs,” explained Calhoun. “With a little more distance, I’m sure that we would have reeled him in. Aces N Kings came back and won the ($50,000) Minstrel at Louisiana Downs last weekend and that gives us even more legitimacy.”

With post position five, and plenty of early speed inside, the race should set up for Tamtastic to be in his usual position right behind the leaders. “We’ve drawn well and he’s got enough tactical speed that I expect we’ll be in a stalking position,” added Calhoun.

The chief rival in the field of 11 should be Marty & Jimmy Evans’ Swift Flyer, who enters the race off of a career debut win here on June 17. Trained by Allen Milligan, the chestnut son of Wimbledon will be ridden by Roberto Villafan and is 5-2 in the morning line.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Lonely Street (Christopher Zamora, 50-1); Swift Flyer (Roberto Villafan, 5-2); Dewan Adieu (Chris Landeros, 20-1); Pacheco (Junior Chalcaltana, 8-1); Tamtasic (Cliff Berry, 8-5); Simply Gone (Martin Escobar, 6-1); Jazz Party (Aaron Gryder, 5-1); Captain Olson (Eddie Martin Jr., 20-1); Alli’s Legend (Benito Morales, 20-1); Valid Promise (Bobby Walker Jr., 8-1); and Powerfully (Richard Eramia, 20-1). Pacheco and Valid Promise will run as an entry.

Scheduled as race nine on the 10-race program, the Texas Stallion Stakes (Staunch Avenger Division) has an approximate post time of 5:19 p.m.

Asmussen Entry of Intimidating Woman and Far Too Primal Favored in Texas Stallion Stakes Pan Zareta (Filly) Division

Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen has enlisted the services of current leading jockey Chris Landeros and internationally renowned rider Aaron Gryder aboard his 7-5 morning line-favored entry of Intimidating Woman and Far too Primal, respectively, in Saturday’s 9th Running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Pan Zareta Division) at Lone Star Park. Scheduled as the third event on the Stars of Texas Day card, the 5 ½-furlong contest is for 2-year-old fillies that have been nominated to the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Keith Asmussen’s Intimidating Woman ships in from Churchill Downs in Kentucky where the bay daughter of Intimidator won a maiden claiming event at first asking on May 9. She is stepping up to stakes company for the first time while looking to improve upon a strong, third-place finish in a conditioned allowance race in her second start on May 31 at the home of the Kentucky Derby. The bay daughter of Primal Storm, Far too Primal, also owned by Keith Asmussen in partnership with Erv Woolsey, is looking to make it two-for-two after breaking her maiden at Lone Star Park on May 29.

But those Asmussen runners aren’t the only contenders “in the family” with a legitimate shot at the $60,000 winner’s share. Heiligbrodt Racing Stable’s Fastation, who has twice been second behind Lady Giacomo, in both her career debut and her last out in the $66,000 TTA Sales Futurity here on June 5, among her three runner-up finishes, has been made the 3-1, third choice in the morning line. Richard Eramia has the mount.

Another contender, listed as the second choice at 5-2, is Brian Cleveland’s Princess Turandot, conditioned by current Lone Star Park leading trainer Bret Calhoun. The bay daughter of Gold Legend, who will be ridden by Cliff Berry, broke out of the maiden ranks in her third career start on June 19 after two third-place finishes, all at Lone Star Park.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Intimidating Woman (Chris Landeros, 7-5); Last Legend (Bobby Walker Jr, 8-1); Far too Primal (Aaron Gryder, 7-5); Rush the Net (Junior Chacaltana, 10-1); She’s Olmos Heaven (Roberto Villafan, 20-1); Fastation (Richard Eramia, 3-1); and Princess Turandot (Cliff Berry, 5-2). Scheduled post time is 2:31 p.m.

$1 Day with Live Music and Family Activities Accompany Four Stakes Races on Stars of Texas Day This Saturday

In addition to the two divisions of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes this Saturday at Lone Star Park, Stars of Texas Day also features the $75,000 Assault Stakes and $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes on the track as well as $1 general admission, programs, hot dogs, popcorn, soft drinks and draft beer for all fans in attendance.

Also, there will be live music from local favorites Coldrake from noon to 4 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions and bounce houses for the kids in the Family Park area.

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