||Stars of Texas Night Saturday at Lone Star Park Showcases Top Texas-Bred Thoroughbreds in Four Stakes Worth a Combined $300,000
Grand Prairie, Texas (Wednesday, July 19, 2017) - Stars of Texas Night, Saturday, July 22, features four restricted stakes races worth a combined $300,000 in purses and promises again to be a memorable night. A total of 10 races have been scheduled with the stakes action tabbed the final four races of the night. It makes for an all-stakes late pick 4! Gates open at 4:00 p.m. First race post time is 5:00 p.m. Post time for the first of the featured stakes (7th) is 8:21 p.m. all times CDT. General admission is $5 and general parking are always free.
The featured stakes are:
Race 7: $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for Texas-bred fillies & mares, three-year-oldss & up at six furlongs on the main track. Post time 8:21 p.m.
Race 8: $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for Texas-bred fillies, two-year-olds, at five furlongs on the main track. Post time 8:49 p.m.
Race 9: $50,000 Assault Stakes for Texas-bred three-year-olds & up at one mile on the main track. Post time 9:17 p.m.
Race 10: $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for Texas-bred colts & geldings, two-year-olds, at five furlongs on the main track. Post time 9:45 p.m.
Competitive Field of Nine Set to Go in the Valor Farm Stakes
A pair of stakes winners and three multiple stakes winners are entered in the 20th edition of the Valor Farm Stakes. Slight morning line edge at 3-1 was bestowed on Zippit E, owned and bred in partnership by Wayne Sanders & Larry Hirsch, and trained by Bret Calhoun. This versatile, four-year-old daughter of My Golden Song has racked up wins in sprints and routes over fast and sloppy surfaces and turf, winning purses totaling $125,621 to date. She has two stakes wins this year, the Yellow Rose at Sam Houston in March and the Wayne Hanks Memorial here on opening weekend of the meet. To get a victory in this she will have to fend off Joyce McGough's four-year-old filly My Master Plan, who defeated her in their most recent, the Lane's End Scholarship Stakes here June 24.
Trained by Danny Pish, My Master Plan is a multiple stakes winner with career earnings of $223,647. A daughter of Oratory, previous to her win last out, she had not won a race since the Wayne Hanks Memorial her a year ago in April.
I. Jack Cook, II's Valid Bride, a five-year-old mare by Valid Expectations, recently won a non-winners of two allowance here on May 20, and previous to that she has been more of a bridesmaid, finishing second to Zippit E in both the Yellow Rose at Sam Houston in March and the Wayne Hanks Memorial here in April. She also was the runner up in last year's Valor Farm Stakes to multiple graded stakes winner Promise Me Silver. She is trained by Jaime Castellanos.
Here is the complete field from the rail out with jockey and morning line odds: Too Much Prada (Eguard Tejera, 30-1); Zippit E (Brian Hernandez, Jr., 3-1); Prada's Bling (Iram Diego, 4-1); Valid Bride (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 9-2), Ruby Rumba (Efigenio Ruiz, 20-1); Bethyl's Royalrose (Ivan Arellano, 10-1); Dark Desert Wine (Adrian Ramos, 30-1); Kat's Infatuation (Richard Eramia, 5-1) and My Master Plan (Luis Quinonez, 7-2).
Field of 10 Entered in Texas Thoroughbred Futurity Filly Division
After winning her debut at Churchill Downs, morning line favorite Patrona Margarita (5-2) stepped up to the $100,000 Debutante Stakes, where she finished a tired eighth. The daughter of Special Rate out of Margarita Mistress is a half-sister to Texas Chrome. She is owned by Sue Downing and Craig Upham and trained by Bret Calhoun.
Ms Classic West, owned by Erv Woolsey & Keith Asmussen, placed in her debut here in a state-bred maiden special weight May 9. She then returned in the same condition May 21, and won impressively by 4 1/2 lengths. The daughter of Intimidator out of Ms Classic Seneca is conditioned by Hall of Famer Steve Asmussen, who has saddled the winner of this race a record 10 of the 24 runnings.
The field for the filly division of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity in post-position order with jockey and morning line odds is as follows: Golden Cat Tale (Lindey Wade, 20-1); Donna's True Bling (Sasha Risenhoover, 12-1); Silver in the City (Iram Diego, 5-1); Rockin Royalty (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 15-1); Western Maid (Luis Quinonez, 30-1); Ms Classic West (Richard Eramia, 3-1); Caroline the Great (Eddie Martin, Jr., 10-1); Patrona Margarita (Brian Hernandez, Jr., 5-2); Another Level (Eguard Tejera, 30-1); and Janae (Kerwin Clark, 7-2).
Supermason and Texas Chrome Go Head to Head in Assault Stakes
Brad Grady's multiple stakes-winning Supermason, trained by Bret Calhoun, has an affinity for this track. His record at Lone Star Park is 12-7-1-1. One of those wins was on the turf, where he set a course record at 7 1/2 furlongs of 1:26.93 a year ago. The five-year-old gelded son of Grasshopper out of Folksy by Midway Road will have a tall assignment as he takes on multiple graded stakes winning Texas Chrome.
Also a son of Grasshopper, Danny Keene's Texas Chrome, trained by Allen Milligan, returns to his home state with the intention of becoming the second Texas-bred horse in history to surpass earnings of $1 million. The four-year-old colt out of Margarita Mistress currently has earnings of $990,762 and will achieve millionaire status with a first or second place finish in this race.
The field for the 20th running of the Assault Stakes is: Supermason (Lindey Wade, 7-5); Can't Be Wrong (Ted Gondron, 30-1); F J Uncle Vic (Sasha Risenhoover, 30-1); Buck Fifty (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 20-1); Texas Chrome, 1-1); Spider's Alibi (Eddie Martin, Jr., 15-1); and Fast Talkin Man (Luis Quinonez,15-1).
12 Set To Go in $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for the Boys
The Bret Calhoun trainee Galactica, owned in partnership by Carl Moore and Brad Grady, has been assigned morning line odds of 7-5. The gelded son of Uncle Abbie out of Castelli's Ace by Leo Castelli placed in his debut here against open company June 9. In his second and most recent start, also at Lone Star Park on July 4, he went up against state-bred maidens with much success, winning the five furlong race by 4 1/2 lengths in a lightning fast time of :57.78.
Another impressive winner here against open maidens on June 24 was Aceguitar. The colt by Star Guitar out of Cherub Heart by Dehere wired the field by 8 3/4 lengths on a muddy track. He is owned by Scott Brown and trained by Danny Pish.
The field for the 28th edition of the Texas Thoroughbred Futurity for colts & geldings is: Yours Alone (Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez, 20-1); Midnight Candle (Richard Eramia, 30-1); Solar Effort (Luis Quinonez, 30-1); Ramblin Fever (Victor Urieta, 50-1); Bold Bulldog (Eguard Tejera, 50-1); Early Double (Lindey Wade, 50-1); Galactica (Brian Hernandez, Jr., 7-5); Toledo Pache (Kerwin Clark, 20-1); Aceguitar (Ted Gondron, 5-1); My Golden Tale (Sasha Risenhoover, 30-1); Swift Shock(Eddie Martin, Jr., 9-2); and Almeria (Iram Diego, 5-2).