|Waupaca Heads Saturday's $50,000
Bob Johnson Memorial Stakes at Lone Star
2007) - Six-time stakes winner Waupaca was made the 8-5 morning
line favorite and will break from the rail in a competitive field
of nine older horses for Saturday's $50,000 Bob Johnson Memorial
Stakes at one mile over the Lone Star Park turf course.
Campaigned by former Kimberly-Clark Corporation chairman and CEO
Wayne Sanders, 7-year-old Waupaca has banked $510,575 in a 43-race
career that has produced 13 victories. Four of his 11 starts over
the Lone Star oval have resulted in trips to the winner's circle,
including back-to-back renewals of the Connecting Terms Stakes in
The Kentucky-bred son of Forest Wildcat began the year with a 7
½-furlong allowance score over the Lone Star sod May 12 and
was followed by a good third in the Grade III Dallas Turf Cup Handicap
behind Kentucky invaders Embossed and Crested. Most recently, Waupaca
was fifth in the $50,000 Barksdale Handicap at Louisiana Downs on
June 23 over a course rated "good."
"He's just an old pro," said trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel,
who won last year's Bob Johnson with Nobodywantmetilnow. "He's
been doing real well of late and I expect a good effort. I'll tell
you what, though: [trainer Steve] Asmussen's horse will be awfully
tough. He's been in real good form this meeting."
Smooth Bid, now age 5, was a stakes winner at two. He's won both
of his starts at Lone Star this season, including his Bob Johnson
prep on June 15 - a neck victory over Nobodywantmetilnow in 1:41.76
for 1 1/16 miles on turf.
Also entered is impressive allowance winner Etesaal, who prevailed
in the mud July 3 after the race was taken off the turf due to rain;
the formidable Bart Evans-owned/trained entry of Almost Certain
and Wishingitwas; Sing Baby Sing, a winner of three straight who'll
return to turf for the first time since breaking his maiden at Lone
Star last summer; Kentucky invader Electric Chant from the Cecil
Borel barn; 2006 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap champ Trial by Jury; and
the Danny Pish-trained Ernesto.
The field, from the rail out, for the 11th running of the Bob Johnson
Memorial Stakes (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Waupaca
(Quincy Hamilton, Donnie K. Von Hemel, 8-5); Wishingitwas (Eguard
Tejera, Bart Evans, 6-1); Trial by Jury (Richard Eramia, Bruce Jackson,
20-1); Smooth Bid (Eddie Martin Jr., Steve Asmussen, 3-1); Etesaal
(Glen Murphy, Chris Hartman, 7-2); Almost Certain (Larry Taylor,
Evans, 6-1); Ernesto (Don Pettinger, Danny Pish, 20-1); Electric
Chant (Ramsey Zimmerman, Cecil Borel, 15-1); and Sing Baby Sing
(Justin Shepherd, Jack Bruner, 12-1). The Bob Johnson will be run
as Race 10 at approximately 5:47 p.m. CT on an 11-race card that
begins at 1:35 p.m. CT. Grandstand gates open at 11:30 a.m.
Ramsey Zimmerman, who'll ride Electric Chant, also was named to
ride Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Cloudy's Knight
in the Grade III, $250,000 American Handicap at Arlington Park for
trainer Frank Kirby, but he'll remain at Lone Star.
"He'll be here," said Zimmerman's agent Scott Hare. "We're
trying to win a riding title."
Zimmerman began Friday's action with a 10-win lead over Cliff Berry
and Luis Quinonez, 73-63.
PAST BOB JOHNSON MEMORIAL STAKES WINNERS:
Past winners of the Bob Johnson Memorial Stakes: Zarb's Magic (1997),
Prince of the Mt. (1998), Desert Air (1999), T.B. Track Star (2000),
Captain Countdown (2001), Mountain General (2002), Pie N Burger
(2003), Rare Cure (2004), Shaky Town (2005) and Nobodywantmetilnow
(2006). Last year, Nobodywantmetilnow was clocked in 1:34.90, the
first year the race was moved to turf. The average winning Beyer
Speed Figure is 99.
JOHNSON FAMILY MEMBERS TO BE ON HAND
- Judy Johnson, the widow of former Texas Horse of Representative
Robert Ellis Johnson, will be joined by family members and friends
in the winner's circle for the trophy presentation of the race that
honors her late husband. Born in Dallas in 1926, Bob Johnson served
in the Texas House of Representatives from 1957-63, and was a major
player in the 1986 lobbying efforts to legalize pari-mutuel wagering
in Texas. For more than three decades, he was greatly respected
by members of the Texas legislature until a heart attack claimed
his life in March 1995 in Temple, Texas at the age of 66.
BERRY, QUINONEZ OUT OF TOWN SATURDAY
- Jockeys Cliff Berry and Luis Quinonez, who began Friday's action
tied for second in the Lone Star Park jockey standings with 63 wins
apiece, will be out-of-town Saturday to ride mounts in lucrative
graded stakes for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel on Arlington Park's
Million Day Preview card. Berry will pilot Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes
champ Going Ballistic in the Grade II, $250,000 American Derby.
Quinonez rides Ouija Board Handicap runner Brownie Points in the
Grade III, $150,000 Modesty Handicap.
LONE STAR TRACK RECORD HOLDER MISS MISSILE IN CANTERBURY
STAKES - Miss Missile, who earlier this season ran
the fastest 4 ½ furlongs in Lone Star Park history (:51.18),
was entered in Saturday's $45,000 Canterbury Park Stakes by owner/trainer
Charlie Smith. Just two weeks ago, the Golden Missile filly finished
seventh in the Grade III Debutante Stakes at Churchill Downs after
finishing fourth as the even-money favorite in the TTA Sales Futurity
on June 9.
AFTER FRIDAY ONLY SIX LIVE RACING DATES REMAIN
- After Friday, only six live racing dates remain at Lone Star Park's
2007 Spring Thoroughbred Season. Closing day is Sunday, July 29.
BACK 40, DRINK SPECIALS HIGHLIGHT FRIDAY'S PARTY AT
THE PARK - Live country music by Back 40 and drink
specials from 7-11 p.m. highlight Friday night's "Party at
the Park" in the Courtyard of Champions. There also will be
a special promotional appearances by 96.3 KSCS. Friday's 10-race
card begins at 6:35 p.m. CT.
LIVE MUSIC BY THE PROJECT BETWEEN RACES SATURDAY
- There will be live party music by The Project between races Saturday
from 12-4 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions. Also, there will be
a special promotion appearance by ESPN 103.3 FM.
MOVIE NIGHT AFTER THE RACES SATURDAY NIGHT
- After Saturday's 11-race program concludes at approximately 6:15
p.m., customers are invited to stick around for "Movie Night."
This week's showcased attraction is Dreamer: Inspired by a True
Story, the popular horseracing movie starring Dakota Fanning. The
2005 film is loosely based on the former Donnie K. Von Hemel-trained
runner Mariah's Storm. The movie will be shown in its entirety on
the infield JumboTron and television monitors following the 11th
and final race.
SENIOR CITIZEN'S DAY - Sunday is Senior
Citizen's Day where all patrons age 62 and up will receive free
general admission with proof of identification.
LONE STAR JOCKEYS TO STAGE DON MACBETH DINNER, DANCE
& AUCTION TUESDAY NIGHT - The Lone Star Park jockey
colony will stage their second annual Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey
Fund Dinner, Dance and Auction on Tuesday night at The Stage Coach
Ballroom in Fort Worth (2516 E. Belknap). Tickets to the 7 p.m.
casino night event, billed as "Wild, Wild, West," are
$20 and includes dinner. Period costumes are encouraged. There will
be a "Cancan Review" and dancing to live music by The
Even Money Band. Proceeds will benefit injured and disabled jockeys
and exercise riders. For more information, contact Pat Barrett at
SATURDAY, JULY 21 AT A GLANCE
· 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Drive Thru Wagering at Gate 2.
· 10:25 a.m. - Parking Gates 1-5, Post Time Pavilion and
Jockey Club Lounge (private) open.
· 11:30 a.m. - Grandstand opens.
· 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. - Live party music in the Courtyard
of Champions by The Project.
· 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. - Lone Star Park Handicapping Seminar
with The Dallas Morning News' Rick Lee and Lone Star Park track
announcer John Lies on the first floor of the Grandstand (and public
address system/television monitors).
· 1:35 p.m. - The first of 11 live races at Lone Star Park.
· 2:43 p.m. - Simulcast of the Louisiana Breeders' Oaks
(Louisiana-bred 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles) from Louisiana
Downs (Race 4) - the first of eight Thoroughbred stakes that help
comprise Louisiana Champions Day.
· 3:44 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade I, $300,000 Coaching
Club American Oaks (3-year-old fillies at 1 ¼ miles) from
Belmont Park; features Mother Goose winner Octave, Godolphin's Folk
and the Steve Asmussen-trained Humble Janet.
· 4:06 p.m. - Simulcast of the $200,000 Virginia Oaks (3-year-old
fillies at 1 1/8 miles on turf) from Colonial Downs; features 2006
Champion 2-Year-Old Female Dreaming of Anna and Ashland winner Christmas
· 4:24 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade II, $250,000 American
Derby (3-year-olds at 1 3/16 miles on turf) from Arlington Park;
features the Todd Pletcher-trained Pleasant Strike, Dermott Weld's
Irish invader Perfect Casting, the Bill Mott-trained Lattice and
Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes champ Going Ballistic (ridden by Cliff Berry
and trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel).
· 4:44 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade II, $1 million Virginia
Derby (3-year-olds at 1 ¼ miles on turf) from Colonial Downs;
features Louisiana Derby champ Circular Quay, Colonial Turf Cup
one-two Summer Doldrums and Strike a Deal and Steve Asmussen's Jefferson
Turf Cup winner Inca King.
· 4:54 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade III, $200,000 Arlington
Handicap (3-year-olds and up at 1 ¼ miles on turf) from Arlington
Park; features Manhattan Handicap fourth Cosmonaut, multiple stakes
winner Go Between and Cloudy's Knight.
· 5:24 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade III, $150,000 Modesty
Handicap (fillies and mares at 1 3/16 miles on turf) from Arlington
Park; features Beverly Hills Handicap fourth Mabadi, the Todd Pletcher-trained
Almonsoon, the Neil Drysdale-trained Sohgol and Ouija Board Handicap
runner-up Brownie Points (ridden by Luis Quinonez and trained by
Donnie K. Von Hemel).
· 6:47 p.m. - Simulcast of the $45,000 Canterbury Park Lassie
Stakes (2-year-old fillies at 5 ½ furlongs) from Canterbury
Park; features Lone Star Park 4 ½-furlong track record-holder
Miss Missile, owned and trained by Charlie Smith.
· 8:00 p.m. - Simulcast of the Grade II, $300,000 San Diego
Handicap (3-year-olds & up at 1 1/16 miles) from Del Mar; features
Strub Stakes champ Arson Squad, Californian Stakes winner Buzzards
Bay and the Jim Helzer-owned C'Mon Tiger.