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 a second.

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 5.

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 winner's circle.

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.

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