|Frankel Seeks Third Dallas Turf
Cup at LSP With Multiple Group 1-Winning Brazilian New Export
(June 14, 2006) - Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel will
attempt to win his third Dallas Turf Cup when he starts multiple
Brazilian Group 1 winner New Export in Saturday' 10th renewal of
the 1 1/8-mile grass event at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The Grade III, $200,000 handicap - run as a graded stakes race
for the first time - highlights a busy week at Lone Star Park. On
Friday night, The Randy Rogers Band, one of the hottest acts on
the Texas country music scene, will perform a concert after the
races. This weekend, Lone Star will host its two-day qualifying
tournament to the National Handicapping Championship VIII with $10,000
in prizes up for grabs and a trip to the Las Vegas finals in January
for the top three finishers. Sunday's Father's Day program will
include drawings throughout the day for prizes such as a Calloway
driver, Rolex watch and dinner to Bob's Steak & Chop House.
In the Dallas Turf Cup, New Export is expected to be the starting
high weight at 116 pounds after an encouraging U.S. debut on April
29. He finished third that day in the Grade III Inglewood Handicap
at his home base of Hollywood Park. After getting a stalking inside
trip along the rail, the 5-year-old lost a head-bob for second with
Artiste Royal and was just 1 ¼ lengths back of gate-to-wire
winner Willow O Wisp, who captured his third graded stakes race.
"That was a good effort first time in the U.S.," Frankel
said. "He got a good stalking trip down on the inside. This
race here looks like a good spot for him to come back."
Frankel, who won the Dallas Turf Cup with Martiniquais in 1999
and El Gran Papa in 2001, has given the riding assignment to Lone
Star's leading jockey Cliff Berry.
New Export, owned by Stud TNT and Michael Bello, was campaigned
in his native Brazil for the first eight starts of his career. His
last two Southern Hemisphere efforts in early 2005 resulted in Group
1 wins - the Gran Premio Estado do Rio de Janeiro (one mile on turf)
and Gran Premio Francisco Eduardo de Paula Machado (1 ¼ miles
"TNT Stud brought him up here and Michael Bello (of Megahertz
fame) bought into him," Frankel said. "He's been with
me for about six to eight months and we've brought him along. He's
a nice horse."
New Export, a winner of three starts and $59,388 in nine outs,
will be transported to the Dallas-Fort Worth area on a Thursday
flight from Southern California.
Another possibility for the flight is Quasimodo, a winner of four
straight from the Julio Canani barn. Canani will discuss the pros
and cons of shipping out of town with Ernie Moody of Mercedes Stables
on Wednesday. "It's not cheap to fly to Texas," said Canani,
who won the 2004 Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies at Lone Star with
champion Sweet Catomine. "But I've had some success there,
One runner certain for the race is top Southwest turfster Waupaca,
who recorded a four-length score in the $40,000 Connecting Terms
Stakes last month. Entries will be drawn and post positions will
be determined Thursday morning.
Yes, Popular Sprinter Boots On Sunday To Make First Start
in 3 ½ Years Saturday
The last time popular Texas-based sprinter Boots on Sunday competed
on a racetrack gasoline sold for $1.59 a gallon. Some 1,405 days
and $1.32 increase later, the 9-year-old gelding is amazingly out
of retirement and expected for Saturday's $40,000 Carter McGregor
Jr. Memorial Stakes.
It's been more than 3 ½ years since Boots on Sunday was
retired due to a minor tendon injury after running fourth in the
Folklore Handicap at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 18, 2002. He had won
14 races, including eight stakes, and $417,965 in 35 starts for
his late owner and breeder Wilton Scott from 1999-2002. But after
treatment, recuperation, life on the farm and a stint as a lead
pony, trainer Danny Pish, who now owns Boots on Sunday, surmised
that the horse was eager to return to the racetrack for competition.
Boots on Sunday recorded his seventh workout since May on Wednesday
morning at Lone Star Park, covering an easy five-eighths of a mile
in 1:01 under Pish. On Friday, he posted the fastest of 12 six-furlong
workouts with a clocking of 1:12 4/5 with Roman Chapa, his regular
rider, in the irons.
Should Boots on Sunday run Saturday (entries will be taken Thursday),
it'll also mark the likely comeback of Chapa, who fractured his
left collarbone in a May 12 spill. Chapa has ridden "Boots"
in all but seven of his races, and the horse, along with Pish, served
as a "Best Man" during his 2002 wedding in the Sam Houston
Race Park winner's circle.
The last time Lone Star fans saw the popular sprinter in Grand
Prairie was in May of 2002 when he finished third in the $100,000
Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint Handicap on Lone Star Million Day. He
ran 11 times at Lone Star and never once finished out of the money,
winning six of 12 starts, including the Longhorn Sprint and Carter
McGregor in 2000.
"He has always been an ideal co-worker, just a real pleasure
to work with," said Pish, who allowed his 5-year-old son Joe
Dan to ride "Boots" while on the family farm. "He
loves to work, loves to do something. Most any job you give him,
"Boots" served as a lead pony for Pish prior to his return,
but the 40-year-old native of Yoakum, Texas noticed something about
his old friend - he seemed bored. "He just acted like he wanted
to go out and run again. It's like he was bored with his job as
a pony and wanted more."
Pish, his wife Sabina and Scott, who passed away last July, occasionally
discussed bringing Boots on Sunday back to the races. But when Pish's
charge Popped Corn - Boots on Sunday's older half-brother - won
convincingly on opening night of Lone Star's Spring Thoroughbred
Season in April, he made the final decision to give the comeback
a 'go' (note: Popped Corn is one of eight three-time winners at
"Longevity seems to be a trait of the family," Pish said.
"Every time I've brought 'Boots' out to the racetrack he does
things that lead me to believe he wants to run again. So, I started
galloping and breezing him. We are just taking it a day at a time
and a breeze at a time.
"If all looks good Thursday morning after the work, he'll
be in. As you'd expect, he might need a race off the layoff, but
you've got to start somewhere."
Pish considers "Boots" a family member and is being extremely
cautious about the comeback. "I'm only got to bring him back
if he's right, and right now he is," Pish said.
Should Boots on Sunday run in the Carter McGregor, he could face
his full-brother Rain On Monday, who is now trained by Steve Asmussen.
Do the math: Rain On Monday, a 3-year-old, wasn't even born when
Boots on Sunday made his last appearance in a horse race.
Randy Rogers Band in Concert After Races Friday Night
The Randy Rogers Band, one of the hottest acts on the Texas Country
music scene, will perform in concert at Lone Star Park on Friday
night. General admission is $3 before 9 p.m. and $15 after. The
first live race is scheduled to go off at around 6:35 p.m., with
the final race scheduled to go off at around 10:47 p.m. Admission
gates open at 5 p.m. and the Randy Rogers Band will take the stage
after the last race at approximately 11 p.m.
The stage will be situated outdoors between the Grandstand and
the Post Time Pavilion, adjacent to the main track. Once in the
park there will be no additional fee to watch the concert. Seating
is first come, first serve lawn-style seating with no reserved seats.
Blankets are permitted outdoors.
The Randy Rogers Band is a local Texas talent that has released
three albums to date with the most recent being "Rollarcoaster."
One single off the album "Tonight's Not the Night" has
entered mass rotation on country radio. "USA Today" rated
the album three stars out of four. In 2005 the Randy Rogers Band
won "Band of the Year," "Album of the Year,"
"Song of the Year" and "Songwriter of the Year"
at the Gruene with Envy Awards that celebrate Texas musicians.
NTRA/DRF National Handicapping Championship Qualifying
Tournament On Tap
The deadline to enter this weekend's Lone Star Park qualifying
tournament for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping
Championship is Friday. The local handicapping contest will feature
$10,000 in prize money on Saturday and Sunday, and the top three
finishers will be off to Las Vegas to compete in the national finals
The deadline to enter is Friday, and the entry fee is $250 per
person (only $150 for "Star Player Rewards" members).
To participate, contact Kristen Foster at (972) 237-1134 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The contest will be held in Champions, a private room on the second
floor of the Grandstand.
Father's Day Drawings for Rolex, Calloway Driver &
Dinner at Bob's
Men 21 and over in attendance at Lone Star Park on Father's Day
(Sunday, June 18) will have a chance to win fabulous prizes throughout
the racing program. Among the prizes to be distributed in between-race
drawings are a Rolex watch (courtesy of VanPeterson Jewelers in
Irving, Texas), a Calloway driver and dinner at Bob's Steak &
Berry Kicks Five Clear of Hamilton in Race to be Leading
Defending riding champ Cliff Berry won with 10 of 24 starters last
week (a 42% win-clip), including a five-win performance on Friday
night, to kick five wins clear of 22-year-old Quincy Hamilton in
the Lone Star Park jockey standings, 63-to-58. Hamilton won aboard
six of his 25 mounts (24%) during Week 9 of the 15-week season.
Justin Shepherd rode five winners last week to take over third place
in the standings with 32 trips to the winner's circle, one more
than Jaime Theriot. Glen Murphy (20 wins), Alfredo Juarez Jr. (19),
injured Roman Chapa (17), Richard Eramia (15), apprentice Jorge
Guzman (13) and Casey Lambert (13) round out the Top 10.
Calhoun Leads Trainers With Five Wins Last Week
Bret Calhoun won five races from June 8-11, including the colts
and geldings division of the TTA Sales Futurity with Be a Resident,
to lead all local trainers last week, but still remained third in
the Lone Star trainer standings. Nine of Calhoun's 33 wins this
season had come with 2-year-olds. Seven-time local training champ
Steve Asmussen remained atop the leader board with 41 wins, five
more than Cody Autrey (36 wins), who has the highest win-rate among
the leaders at 37%. Twenty-seven of Autrey's 36 winners were post
time favorites, which tops the colony. Danny Pish (22), Cole Norman
(15), John Locke (13), Tommie Morgan (13), Donnie K. Von Hemel (13),
Chris Hartman (11) and Mike Stidman (11) complete the Top 10.
Durant On Top of Owner Standings
With victories by Total View and Wild Screen on Friday night, Tom
Durant took sole possession of the lead in the Lone Star owner standings
with nine wins from 45 starters on the season (a 20% win-clip).
Durant was Lone Star's leading owner last year with 18 victories
and holds three other local titles: 1998, 2000 and co-leading owner
at the 2004 Fall Breeders' Cup Meeting. Sandy and Jerry Heflin are
alone in second with eight wins, followed by a tie for third between
Charles Fletcher and Carl Moore Management LLC (a two-time winner
last week) with seven wins apiece. Four others have six victories
this season: Frontier Stables (a two-time winner last week), Heiligbrodt
Racing Stable, Pin Oak Stable and Wimp Free Racing Stables.
Popped Corn Becomes Eighth Three-Time Winner This Season
Popped Corn, the 10-year-old gelding who is the older brother of
popular sprinter Boots on Sunday, became the eighth horse to win
three races at Lone Star Park this season when he prevailed in Sunday's
eighth race. The others are Durrymane (3-for-4), Groovy Chief (3-for-3),
Peerless Tee (3-for-3), Purely Classic (3-for-3), Silver Thunder
(3-for-3), Sleek Flyer (3-for-3) and Sweepingly (3-for-3). Last
year, Saf Link set a track record with five wins in five starts
in a single Lone Star Park meeting.
Mavericks Game Shown on TVs Throughout Grandstand
Thursday's Game 4 of the NBA Finals between the Dallas Mavericks
and Miami Heat will air on televisions throughout Lone Star's Grandstand
and between live races on the infield JumboTron. Track announcer
John Lies also will provide in-game updates throughout the night.
Down The Stretch - The top trainers at
Lone Star this season with 2-year-olds are Bret Calhoun (9-for-36),
Steve Asmussen (5-for-26), Danny Pish (4-for-21), Tommie Morgan
(3-for-11) and Joe Petalino (3-for-9). Leading riders Cliff Berry
(8-for-29) and Quincy Hamilton (7-for-27) have done well aboard
juveniles, but so has Casey Lambert (5-for-19), who has recorded
seven of 11 career Lone Star stakes wins aboard 2-year-olds...Top
jockeys on turf at Lone Star this season: Quincy Hamilton (19-for-75),
Cliff Berry (10-for-59), Richard Eramia (7-for-53), Jaime Theriot
(7-for-49), Alfredo Juarez Jr. (6-for-36), Glen Murphy (6-for-61),
Roman Chapa (5-for-34), Ted Gondron (5-for-21) and Justin Shepherd
(5-for-53)...Money, money, money: Richard Eramia ($18.30) and Tommie
Morgan ($13.60) have the highest average winning payoff among the
Top 10 jockeys and trainers, respectively...Highest win-percentage
among trainers with at least three wins this season: Danny Duncan
(57%, 4-for-7), Donna Gowdy (45%, 5-for-11), Cody Autrey (37%, 36-for-98),
Mike Stidham (28%, 11-for-39), Tommie Morgan (27%, 13-for-49), Dallas
Keen (26%, 10-for-39), Steve Asmussen (23%, 41-for-176), Chris Hartman
(23%, 11-for-47), Bret Calhoun (22%, 33-for-138), Jack Bruner (20%,
9-for-46) and Donnie K. Von Hemel (13-for-66)...King Cone &
The Tailgate Philharmonic will perform between live races on Friday
night in the Courtyard of Champions from 7-11 p.m. - a warm-up to
the Randy Rogers Band...Russ Lowry headlines the Budweiser "True
Music" Saturday in the Courtyard from 12-4 p.m...Sunday is
Senior Citizen's Day at Lone Star with free admission for patrons
62 and up with proof of identification...Saturday's marquee simulcast
races include the Grade I, $750,000 Stephen Foster Handicap, one
of six stakes at Churchill Downs. Also on tap that day is the Grade
I, $300,000 Ogden Phipps Handicap from Belmont Park and a Hollywood
Park stakes doubleheader comprised by the Grade II, $250,000 Californian
and Grade III Affirmed Handicap.