|Joe Move Runs Fastest Five Furlongs
on Turf in Lone Star Park History
(July 15, 2007)
- Seven-year-old Texas-bred Joe Move eclipsed Lone Star Park at
Grand Prairie's 10-year-old course record for five furlongs on turf
Sunday when he stopped the teletimer in :55.13 en route to a 2 ¾-length
victory over Charles Edwin.
The triumph came against nine rivals in a $25,000 allowance/optional
claiming event for 3-year-olds and up - the featured ninth race
on Lone Star's 10-race program.
Joe Move, owned and trained by Richard Bird and ridden by Eguard
Tejera (118 pounds), quickly jumped out to two-length lead shortly
after the start, increased the margin to five at the top of the
stretch and never shortened his stride down the lane. He ran the
first quarter mile in :21.86 and the half in :43.78, before eclipsing
Caro's Royalty's June 28, 1997 mark of :55.60 by 47-hundredths of
Joe Move, a son of Moving Shoulder out of the Kentucky Jazz mare
Friend Josey, paid $14, $8.20 and $4.80 as the 6-1 fourth betting
choice in the field of 10. Charles Edwin, sent postward at odds
of 15-1, returned $13.60 and $5.40. Peerless Tee, the lukewarm 2-1
favorite, finished third and paid $3.
For Joe Move, it was his sixth win in 35 career starts, and third
from 10 outs this year. In his previous start on July 4, he finished
a well-beaten seventh in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint
Stakes, which was transferred to the "muddy" main track.
The $15,000 winner's share of Sunday's purse increased Joe Move's
career earnings to $92,150.
Earlier on the card, 20-year-old jockey Justin Shepherd rode four
winners, including three for trainer Jorge Lara. The two teamed
to win with Campinout ($6.20) in the first, Hollye Lynne ($4) in
the second and Frio Flag ($4.60) in the sixth. Shepherd also piloted
Sudden Inspiration ($8) to victory for trainer Mike Stidham in Race
For the only the eighth time through 59 of the 67-dates this season,
neither leading trainers Steve Asmussen nor Bret Calhoun won a race.
Asmussen, winner of eight of the last nine Lone Star training titles,
will begin the final two weeks with a slight 57-54 advantage over
Grand Prairie native Calhoun.
Ramsey Zimmerman has led the Lone Star jockey standings nearly
every step of the way and will enter the final eight days of the
meet with a comfortable 72-61 lead over two-time defending champ
Cliff Berry and Luis Quinonez. Heflin & Driver Racing LLC are
the leading owners with a single-season record 28 wins, a dozen
more than Heiligbrodt Racing Stable's 16 trips to the Lone Star
LIVE RACING RESUMES THURSDAY NIGHT AT 6:35 P.M.; ONLY
8 DATES LEFT - Only eight racing dates remain at Lone
Star Park's 2007 Spring Thoroughbred Season. The first of nine live
races Thursday is 6:35 p.m. CT. Thursday's featured eighth race,
a $27,000 allowance/optional claiming event at 6 ½ furlongs
pits a couple of warriors against an up-and-coming 4-year-old. Nine-year-old
gelding Komax, who has missed a check in all but one of his 49 career
starts, will shoot for his sixth win in a row. Eight-year-old Davids
Expectation barely missed his fourth straight victory June 8 and
has banked $549,012 while finishing first or second in 25 of his
60 runs. Meanwhile, Pin Oak Stable's 4-year-old colt Gyrovagi has
been nothing short of sensational in his two starts this season
at Lone Star, breaking his maiden by 3 ½ lengths, then winning
a first level allowance by 1 ¼ lengths - both in fast fashion.
BOB JOHNSON MEMORIAL TOPS SATURDAY'S CARD
- The 11th running of the $50,000 Bob Johnson Memorial Stakes will
be the featured race during Week 15 of the 16-week season. Saturday's
one-mile turf event for older horses lured 21 nominations, including
stakes veteran Waupaca from the Donnie K. Von Hemel barn. The 7-year-old
has won six stakes events, including two at Lone Star, and finished
third behind Kentucky invaders Embossed and Crested in the Grade
III, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap on Memorial Day. Most recently,
Waupaca was fifth in the $50,000 Barksdale Handicap at Louisiana
Downs on June 23. The Kentucky-bred has won 13 of his 43 starts
and banked $510,575 for owner Wayne Sanders.
LONE STAR JOCKEYS PLAN HOSPITAL VISIT
- Members of the Lone Star Park jockey colony will visit patients
of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas on Tuesday
(July 17) at 2:30 p.m.
RACING AT DEL MAR BEGINS WEDNESDAY AT 4 P.M.
- One of the nation's most popular simulcast signals begins Wednesday
as Southern California's Del Mar begins a 43-day run with a nine-race
program that begins at 4 p.m. CT. As usual, the featured event on
opening day is the $75,000 Oceanside Stakes, a restricted one-mile
grass event for 3-year-olds, which has been split into three divisions
for the first time (Races 1, 4 and 7). Racing at Del Mar will take
place every Wednesday-Monday at 4 p.m. CT through Sept. 5. On Fridays,
racing will begin at 6 p.m. CT through Aug. 10 and 5:30 p.m. CT
thereafter. There will be a special 3 p.m. CT first post on Pacific
Classic Day, which is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 19.
LONE STAR'S LIES TO BE PADDOCK COMMENTATOR DURING DEL
MAR MEETING - Lone Star Park's track announcer John
Lies has landed the paddock commentator position for Del Mar's 43-day
meeting which begins Wednesday. Lies will be at the San Diego area
track for his duties on opening day, then will fly back to Lone
Star Park to call the races Thursday through Sunday. He'll return
to Del Mar for the July 23 and 25 programs before calling the closing
week racing action at Lone Star Park from July 26-29. After that,
he'll bask in the California sun through Sept. 5.