Frankel's New Export Well Spotted in Dallas Turf Cup at LSP; Boots On Sunday Back from 3 1/2-Year Layoff

(June 15, 2006) - Southern California invader New Export, a 5-year-old Brazilian-bred from the barn of Hall of Fame trainer Bobby Frankel, is the 4-5 morning line favorite in a six-horse field for Saturday's Grade III, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup Handicap at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Locally based Waupaca, the 2-1 second choice after collecting his sixth career stakes win last month, appears to pose the biggest threat to the multiple Brazilian Group 1-winner in the 1 1/8-mile turf event.

Later on the card, popular Southwest sprinter Boots On Sunday, now 9-years-old, will come out of a 3 ½-year retirement to race six furlongs in the $40,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes against fellow Texas-breds.

New Export, who arrived in Texas on a Thursday morning flight from Southern California, finished third behind multiple stakes winner Willow O Wisp in his U.S. debut, the Grade III Inglewood Handicap at Hollywood Park. Prior to that, he won two major Group 1 events in Brazil: the 2005 Gran Premio Estado do Rio de Janeiro (one mile on turf) and 2005 Gran Premio Francisco Eduardo de Paula Machado (1 ¼ miles on turf).

"He's a nice horse," said Frankel, who won the Dallas Turf Cup with Martiniquais in 1999 and El Gran Papa in 2001. "This race here looks like a good spot for him to come back."

TNT Stud and Michael Bello's New Export, to be ridden by Lone Star's leading rider Cliff Berry, landed post position No. 4 and is the co-starting high weight at 116 pounds. Also assigned that impost is Southwest turf star Wapauca, who will break from post 2 under Quincy Hamilton. Last month, Waupaca rolled to a four-length triumph at Lone Star in the $40,000 Connecting Terms Stakes for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel and owner Wayne Sanders of Dallas.

The complete Dallas Turf Cup field from the rail out (with jockeys, trainers, assigned weight and morning line odds): Trial By Jury (Alfredo Juarez Jr., Bruce Jackson, 112, 8-1); Waupaca (Hamilton, Von Hemel, 116, 2-1); A R Crackers (Richard Eramia, John Locke, 113, 10-1); New Export-BRZ (Berry, Frankel, 116, 4-5); Brego (Justin Shepherd, Jackson, 111, 10-1); and Cosporosity (Jaime Theriot, Dallas Keen, 110, 20-1).

This is the first time in 10 editions of the Dallas Turf Cup that the race, part of the NetJets Mile Division on the Road the Breeders' Cup World Championships, will be run as Grade III event. It will be televised live on HRTV (Channel 404 on the Dish Network) at 4:51 p.m. CT, and goes as the eighth race on an 11-race program that begins at 1:35 p.m. CT.

The Carter McGregor, carded as Race 10 at 5:47 p.m. CT, lured nine Texas-breds, headed by 5-2 favorite War Bridle. But most eyes will focus on 7-2 second choice Boots On Sunday, who'll make his first start since a minor tendon injury cut short his stellar career on Aug. 18, 2002.

Following three years of treatment, recuperation, life on the farm, a stint as a lead pony and seven recent workouts, owner/trainer Danny Pish says Boots On Sunday, a winner of 14 races and $417,965, has been eager for a return to the races. "He's a blue collar horse that everyone has fallen in love with because he's an ideal co-worker," Pish said. "We might need one off the layoff, but he's given me all the signs that he's ready and wants to run again."

Roman Chapa, who deputized Boots On Sunday as his Best Man during his 2002 wedding, is scheduled to ride - his first mount since breaking his left collarbone in a May 12 spill at Lone Star.

Boots on Sunday seeks his ninth Southwest stakes win Saturday and second triumph in the Carter McGregor. He won the event in 2000, one of six victories in 12 starts at Lone Star.

One of Boots On Sunday's eight rivals on Saturday will be his younger full-brother Rain On Monday. The 3-year-old wasn't even born the last time Boots on Sunday raced competitively.

The complete Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes field: War Bridle (Hamilton, Tommie Morgan, 120, 5-2); Upstream (Glen Murphy, Steve Asmussen, 123, 12-1); Lord of the Track (Berry, Cody Autrey, 118, 8-1); Rain On Monday (Shepherd, Asmussen, 108, 12-1); Charming Socialite (Terry Stanton, Bill Pettit, 120, 6-1); Boots On Sunday (Chapa, Pish, 116, 7-2); Nuttyboom (Bobby Walker Jr., Ralph Irwin, 116, 4-1); Lights On Broadway (Juarez, Chris Hartman, 116, 20-1); and K D King (Jeremy Collier, Keith Dunaway, 116, 15-1).


One of Texas' fastest-rising country music sensations, The Randy Rogers Band, will perform at Lone Star Park after Friday night's 10-race program. Recently, the group was recognized by Americana music's Gruene with Envy Awards as the 2005 "Band of the Year," "Album of the Year (Rollercoaster)," "Song of the Year ("Tonight's Not The Night"), and "Songwriter of the Year." General admission to the outdoor concert is just $3 before 9 p.m. (Grandstand gates open at 5 p.m. and the first of 10 live races is 6:35 p.m.). After 9 p.m., admission jumps to $15. The Randy Rogers will take the stage after the last race around 11 p.m.

DOWN THE STRETCH - Boots On Sunday (2000 3-Year-Old Male and 2002 Older Horse) is one of five former Texas champions scheduled to race Saturday. The others are Carter McGregor rivals Charming Socialite (2004 3-Year-Old Male) and Lights On Broadway (2001 Horse of the Year and Older Horse), as well as first-race entrant Leo's Last Hurrahy (2002 Horse of the Year and 2-Year-Old Male) and Dixie Meister (2005 3-Year-Old Male), who starts in the Grade II Californian at Hollywood Park against Texas Mile champ Preachinatthebar...Sweepingly, upset winner of the Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint Handicap on Memorial Day, was entered against Peerless Tee in Saturday's fifth race, a 5 ½-furlong starter allowance on the main track. Both horses have won three races at the meet...Corredor de Plata (second), Guacamole (fourth), Don't Tell Mommy (sixth) and Castles in the Sky (seventh) exit the $40,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes and will run in Saturday's ninth, a six-furlong allowance...Final entries are due Friday to compete in Lone Star's qualifying tournament for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship. Saturday and Sunday's local contest costs $250 to enter (only $150 for "Star Player Rewards" members) and will feature $10,000 in prize money and a trip to the Las Vegas finals for the top three finishers. Contact Kristen Foster at (972) 237-1134 or for more information...On Father's Day, men 21 and over can enter prize drawings for fabulous prizes such as a Rolex watch, a Calloway golf driver and dinner at Bob's Steak & Chop House...King Cone & The Tailgate Philharmonic will perform between live races Friday night in the Courtyard of Champions from 7-11 p.m....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.

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