|Asmussen's Notches 50th Lone Star
Park Stakes Win With Stalwartly
(June 4, 2006)
- Trainer Steve Asmussen, the national win leader for three of the
last four years, collected his 50th career Lone Star Park stakes
win when Stalwartly, a half-brother to 2002 Breeders' Cup Sprint
winner Orientate, rallied to beat Corredor de Plata by a nose in
Saturday's $40,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes.
Stalwartly, ridden by Justin Shepherd and carrying 122 pounds,
covered six furlongs in 1:10.57 and paid $9.40, $4.40 and $3.20
as the 7-2 third choice in the field of eight 3-year-olds that hadn't
won a stakes race this year. Corredor de Plata, with Cliff Berry
up, returned $5 and $4.60. Almost Certain, piloted by Omar Rodriguez,
was another neck back in third and paid $8. Castles in the Sky,
the 2-1 favorite, finished seventh.
The win was the second in five lifetime starts for the son of Gone
West out of the mare Dream Team. The Kentucky-bred earned $24,000
and raised his earnings to $54,820 for owners Gainesway Thoroughbreds
Ltd. and the Robert and Beverly Lewis Trust.
Stalwartly was last in the early stages of the race before making
a late run down the lane to nail Corredor de Plata on the wire.
"He was fortunate to win and now he's a stakes winner,"
said Asmussen, who leads all Lone Star trainers with 39 wins through
Saturday. "Justin gave him a very good ride. I was concerned
with how far he was back...but he really accelerated."
Asmussen is Lone Star's all-time leading trainer in wins (635),
training titles (seven) and stakes wins. This was his fifth local
stakes victory. He won the $50,000 Premiere Stakes with Senior Amigo;
the Irving Distaff with Paz Ciudadana; the colts and gelding division
of the Texas Stallion Stakes with Upstream; and the Valid Expectations
Stakes with Red Lifesaver.
Earlier on the card, there were two firsts. Pensioned sire Festival
of Light collected his first winner when 2-year-old gelding Haveuseenthelight
prevailed in a Texas-bred maiden special weight.
Also, 22-year-old trainer Christy Hamilton, the daughter of former
jockey turned trainer Bobby Burress, won the first race of her career
when 5-year-old gelding Pass the Biscuits won an $28,000 allowance/optional
claming event at one mile on turf. Pass the Biscuits is owned by
Hamilton's grandfather Billy Sr. and was bred by her grandmother
Kathryn. The winning rider was her husband, jockey Quincy Hamilton..