-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
|Early Final Captures Closing Day's
$75,000 Middleground Stakes at LSP
Texas (Sunday, July 27, 2008) - Clarence Scharbauer Jr's Early
Final, trained by Bret Calhoun, outran his 10 rivals to win the
12th running of the $75,000 Middleground Stakes for two-year-old
colts and geldings going six furlongs over a fast racing surface
at Lone Star Park on Sunday.
With Cliff Berry aboard, Early Final stalked pacesetting stablemate
Tres Dangereux through opening fractions of :22.41 and 46.45 before
pulling away at the head of the stretch to stop the clock in 1:12.12.
Steve Asmussen's King Gulch finished three-and-three-quarter lengths
back in second, and the Jack Bruner-conditioned Supreme Secret was
another one-and-a-half lengths back in third.
"He broke really fast and I didn't want to get into an early
duel, so I eased him back a little and he rated nicely for me,"
said winning rider Cliff Berry, who won of his third riding title
at Lone Star Park in the last four years with 91 wins during the
meet. "He made the lead on his own and when that other horse
(fifth place finisher Mister Bonz) lapped up outside of him, I asked
him to go and he responded."
The Victory improved Early Final's record to three wins from four
starts for earnings of $112,194.
Early Final paid $4.20, $2.80, $2.20, runner-up King Gulch returned
$5.00, $2.80, and Supreme Secret paid $2.40 for show. Jolie Streets,
Mister Bonz, Getapossetogether, Club Tejano, Heber Valley, Tres
Dangereux, Austin Ridge, and Calvary's Brother completed the order
of finish. Supreme Secret ran as an entry with Jolie Streets.
Lone Star Park, located in Grand Prairie, Texas, concluded its
65-day Spring Thoroughbred Season on Sunday, July 27, 2008. Lone
Star Park's 31-day, 2008 Quarter Horse Fall Meeting of Champions
will be held from September 26 to November 29. Additional information
on Lone Star Park can be found online at www.lonestarpark.com.