His Eyes Heads Alysheba Breeders' Cup; Aly's Wow Favored in Ford Lone Star Oaks

(June 29, 2006) - His Eyes, an impressive 8 ½-length allowance winner on June 9, will only run for half the purse, but the 3-year-old gelding is the horse to beat in Saturday's $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

His Eyes landed post No. 3 for the one-mile affair and was made the 8-5 morning line favorite in the field of six 3-year-olds. Leading rider Cliff Berry will be in the saddle.

Because His Eyes is not Breeders' Cup nominated, the Kentucky-bred son of Gold Case will shoot for a $30,000 winner's share instead of the traditional $60,000, or 60-percent. Half of the Alysheba's purse comes from additional funds supplied by Breeders' Cup Limited where only owners and nominators of Breeders' Cup horses can earn the bonus money.

"It's only for half the money, but this is a real good spot for him," said his trainer Bret Calhoun, who'll also start two contenders - Stonerside Stakes second- and third-place finishers Sweet Idea and Kalyrra - in the co-feature, the $60,000 Ford Lone Star Oaks.

His Eyes, claimed for $20,000 by owner Carl Moore in March, has won three of his six starts and $46,420 with two seconds. His wire-to-wire win in a first-level allowance at Lone Star was clocked in 1:37.81 - one of the fastest of the 109 one-mile races at meet.

Also in the field are Almost Certain and Mr. Pursuit. Almost Certain won the El Joven Stakes last summer at Retama Park and most recently was beaten a neck by Stalwartly and Corredor de Plata in the June 3 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes. Mr. Pursuit followed a third-place finish in Oaklawn Park's $100,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup with a fourth in the Grade III, $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby on May 13.

The complete Alysheba field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Louisborg (Roman Chapa, Tony Richey, 15-1); Cotton Lane (Glen Murphy, Larry Robideaux Jr., 12-1); His Eyes (Berry, Calhoun, 8-5); Mr. Pursuit (Jaime Theriot, Joe Petalino, 5-2); Almost Certain (Omar Rodriguez, Bart Evans, 2-1); and Guiding Hand (Alfredo Juarez Jr., Chris Hartman, 15-1).

While Calhoun has a formidable duo in Sam Houston Oaks champ Sweet Idea and stakes-placed Kalyrra for the Ford Lone Star Oaks, favoritism is expected to go to Louisiana invader Aly's Wow from the Wes Hawley barn. Since returning to turf, Robert Orth's daughter of Broken Vow has defeated winners twice in a row and was made the 8-5 early choice in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies.

The field for the Ford Lone Star Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on turf: Victory Bride (Cathy Garner, Sherry Scholes, 30-1); Texas Cowgirl (Jeremy Collier, Michelle Lovell, 15-1); Sweet Idea (Berry, Calhoun, 3-1); Betty Garr (Ted Gondron, Mike Stidham, 12-1); Kalyrra (Quincy Hamilton; Calhoun, 5-2); Aly's Vow (Glen Murphy, Hawley, 8-5); and Night Speeker (Terry Stanton, Bill Pettit, 8-1).

The Alysheba Breeders' Cup will go as Race 8 at approximately 4:51 p.m. CT, and the Ford Lone Star Oaks is scheduled as Race 10 at 5:47 p.m. CT. The first of 11 live races Saturday is 1:35 p.m. CT.


In conjunction with the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Lone Star Park will conduct a special six-day racing week, Thursday through Tuesday:

· Thursday - First of nine live races at 6:35 p.m. CT (gates open at 5 p.m.)
· Friday - First of 10 live races at 6:35 p.m. CT (gates open at 5 p.m.)
· Saturday - First of 11 live races at 1:35 p.m. CT (gates open at 11:30 a.m.)
· Sunday - First of 10 live races at 5 p.m. CT (gates open at 3 p.m.); fireworks approximately 10 p.m.
· Monday - First of 10 live races at 5 p.m. CT (gates open at 3 p.m.); fireworks approximately 10 p.m.
· Tuesday - First of nine live races at 1:35 p.m. CT (gates open at 11:30 a.m.)


Two of the biggest days of the meet will be Sunday and Monday as Lone Star Park stages its 10th annual Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration. Special 5 p.m. twilight racing programs on both days will precede one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in North Texas to help celebrate the Fourth of July weekend.

The post-race holiday fireworks extravaganzas - each synchronized to a rousing patriotic soundtrack (courtesy of 100.3 Jack FM on Sunday and 99.5 FM The Wolf on Monday) - will begin approximately 30 minutes after Lone Star Park's final race at approximately 10 p.m. Onlookers will get an up-close look and feel the power of the 20-minute pyrotechnics shows because the fireworks are launched from the nearby racetrack infield. Also, an enhanced sound system with plenty of speaker stacks that extend from the top of the stretch to the finish line have been put in place.

General admission to the Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebrations is just $3. Children under three are admitted free. General parking is $2.


In addition to exciting live racing and the fireworks shows, there will be plenty of entertainment, beginning at 3 p.m. in the racetrack's outdoor sun-shaded Courtyard of Champions (located between the west end of Grandstand and Post Time Pavilion) and Family Fun Park (west end of the facility). Activities for the entire family include pony rides, a petting zoo, interactive games, bounce houses, giant slides, arts and craft vendors and face painters.


Music will be prominent between live races on both days from 5-9 p.m. in the Courtyard of Champions, as well. On Sunday, Signed, Sealed, Delivered will perform, while Jeremiah Houston performs Monday. Both acts are scheduled to play at the conclusion of the fireworks shows, as well.

As customers enter Lone Star Park's East Gate entrance, a Dixieland band will greet and entertain patrons as they enter the facility. Characters on stilts, including "Uncle Sam" and "The Statue of Liberty" also will be at entrance gates and strolling the grounds.


Prior to the fireworks show on Sunday, Lone Star Park will stage its annual mascot race, featuring mascots from area sports teams, and someone will win a trip to NASCAR's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - the thrilling conclusion of "The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" series. On Monday, those who visited North Texas Ford dealerships in the month of June will have a chance to win a 2006 V6 Ford Mustang Coupe in a prize drawing right after the last race.


Scheduled to participate in Sunday's "The Mascot Derby" are Lone Star Park's Johnny Jockey and Derby the Horse as well as Champ (Dallas Mavericks), Brick Boy (Acme Brick), Buckle the Clown (Merrymakers) and Double Bubble (Merrymakers).


Lone Star Park will extend its perimeter near the West Gate Entrance and Post Time Pavilion to alleviate congestion and provide additional space for concessions, restrooms and pari-mutuel windows (Note: members of Lone Star's "Star Player Rewards" programs should enter through the East Gate or Post Time Pavilion to receive their discounted $1 general admission).

Among the special holiday food items for sale will be cotton candy, snow cones, lemonade, turkey legs, corn on the cob and curly fries.


Once the fireworks are complete, Lone Star Park and City of Grand Prairie officials will implement a special traffic plan for exiting. Patrons exiting through Gate 1 will be directed northbound on Belt Line Road toward Highway 183. Gates 3 and 4 will use Lone Star Parkway for southbound traffic toward Interstate-30. Egress at Gate will accommodate both northbound and southbound traffic. Those who park in the overflow parking area in front of Nokia Theatre will be directed to exit through the private Levee Road which leads to Hunter Ferrell (turn right to head north or south on MacArthur Blvd or turn left to head northbound on Belt Line).


A limited number of reserved Grandstand seats still remain (call 972-237-PONY for reservations). Because of the high demand for premium seating on Sunday and Monday, only patrons with reserved seats will be allowed on the second and fourth floors of the Clubhouse those days. Most outdoors seating is free of charge and there are a limited number of patio tables in the Courtyard of Champions (first-come, first-serve). Blankets and folding chairs are permitted on the lawn area.

Last year, a throng of 24,660 attended the Lone Stars & Stripes Festival when it was only held on Sunday, July 3.

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie is located just north off Belt Line Road and Interstate-30 at 1000 Lone Star Parkway in Grand Prairie. For more information, please call (972) 263-RACE or log onto lonestarpark.com.


On Monday, one lucky patron will win a 2006 V6 Ford Mustang Coupe, thanks to a partnership between Lone Star Park and the North Texas Ford Dealers. Anyone who visits a North Texas Ford Dealer through Saturday can pick up a "Lone Star Park Trackpack" that contains an entry form, two general admission tickets and a general parking coupon. The entry form must be delivered to Lone Star Park by 7:30 p.m. on Monday. After the final race and just before the fireworks show, 10 participants randomly chosen earlier in the day will each have the opportunity to select the key that opens the door to the new car.


Visitors to Lone Star Park will have a chance to experience horsepower of different kind on Sunday. In conjunction with NASCAR, TNT and Comcast Cable, Lone Star Park will give away a trip for two to NASCAR's Ford 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway - the thrilling conclusion of "The Chase for the NEXTEL Cup" series. The prize package will include airfare to Miami, Fla., hotel accommodations and two tickets to the Nov. 19 championship race. All patrons that pass through paid admission gates before 7:30 p.m. on Sunday will be given an entry form to participate in the prize drawing, scheduled later that evening.


In conjunction with "Jockeys Across America XVIII," some of Lone Star Park's top jockeys will sign autographs near the Saddling Paddock on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. to raise funds for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund. Top riders such as Cliff Berry, Quincy Hamilton, Jaime Theriot, Justin Shepherd and Glen Murphy are scheduled to appear. The cost of the autographs will be a $5 donation per table and each table is scheduled to feature six jockeys. The jockeys will sign provided autograph pads and any memorabilia. All proceeds will benefit the MacBeth Fund, which supports injured and disabled jockeys and exercise rider.


Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie officials announced the addition of a second Dollar Day to the season for Saturday, July 15. First inaugurated in 2004, Dollar Day at Lone Star will feature beer, soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn, general admission, general parking and programs for just $1 each. A crowd of 14,437 took advantage of Dollar Day earlier this season on Texas Mile Day, Saturday, April 29.


After Thursday, there are only 16 dates remaining at Lone Star's 10th Spring Thoroughbred Season. Closing day is Sunday, July 23.


Glen Murphy won three races Saturday and topped all Lone Star jockeys with seven victories last week (7-for-24) to solidify the fifth position in the local rider standings. Defending riding champ Cliff Berry extended his lead over Quincy Hamilton, 75-to-65, with five trips to the winner's circle (two more than Hamilton, who was out of town Saturday to Kip Deville to a second-place finish in the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup). Jaime Theriot (39 wins) will begin Week 12 in third and Justin Shepherd (33). Behind Murphy are Alfredo Juarez Jr. (26), Roman Chapa (21), Richard Eramia (18), apprentice Jorge Guzman (16), Casey Lambert (15) and Larry Taylor (15).


Steve Asmussen, Bret Calhoun and John Locke each saddled four winners last week. Asmussen enters the final four weeks of racing with a 48-41 advantage over Calhoun and Cody Autrey. Danny Pish (25 wins) was fourth, followed by Locke (20), Cole Norman (18), Tommie Morgan (15), Chris Hartman (14), Dallas Keen (14) and Donnie K. Von Hemel (14). Von Hemel is in the midst of a dry spell, going just 1-for-35 since Brownie Points won the $100,000 Stonerside Stakes on Memorial Day.


Tom Durant, four-time leading owner at Lone Star Park, and Sandy and Jerry Heflin are tied atop the Lone Star owner standings with 10 wins apiece. Wimp Free Racing Stables (eight wins) is third, followed by a four-way tie for fourth (seven wins each) between Charles Fletcher, Frontier Racing, Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Carl Moore Management LLC.


Sweepingly (4-for-4) remains the only four-time winner at the Lone Star meeting, but Magic Power (3-for-5) and Sugarless (3-for-3) became the 10th and 11th horses to win three local races. The others are Durrymane (3-for-4), Groovy Chief (3-for-3), Little River Bank (3-for-5), Peerless Tee (3-for-4), Popped Corn (3-for-4), Purely Classic (3-for-4), Silver Thunder (3-for-3), Sleek Flyer (3-for-3) and War Bridle (3-for-4). Last year, Saf Link set a track record with five wins in five starts in a single Lone Star Park meeting.

DOWN THE STRETCH - Nineteen graded stakes events from around the country will be simulcast over the Fourth of July weekend, starting Friday night with the Grade III, $200,000 Iowa Oaks at Prairie Meadows. Stonerside Stakes champ Brownie Points starts in the 1 1/16-mile race for trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel. The same card also will showcase the $250,000 Iowa Derby (3-year-olds) and the $100,000 Saylorville Stakes (female sprinters). The 1 1/16-mile Iowa Derby includes Walmac Lone Star Derby and Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes runner-up Wait in Line as well as USA Stakes fourth More Than Regal from the Steve Asmussen barn. Asmussen also will start Valid Expectations champ Red Lifesaver in the Saylorville against beaten favorite G G's Dolly...Saturday's simulcasts are topped by a pair of Grade I events from Belmont Park, the $400,000 Suburban Handicap (older horses including Invasor and Wilko) and $250,000 Mother Goose (3-year-old fillies including Kentucky Oaks champ Lemons Forever and Acorn winner Bushfire)...At Monmouth Park on Saturday, Henny Hughes and Keyed Entry were entered in the Grade III, $150,000 Jersey Shore Breeders' Cup Stakes (3-year-old sprinters)...Cathy and Bob Zollars' Real Dandy is entered in Saturday's Grade II, $300,000 Prairie Meadows Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap...Desert Wheat, runner-up to Kip Deville in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, was entered in Saturday's Grade III, $150,000 Arlington Classic at Arlington Park...On Sunday, Hollywood Park will host three Grade Is - the $750,000 American Oaks (3-year-old fillies), $300,000 Triple Bend Handicap (sprinters) and $300,000 Vanity Handicap (fillies and mares) - plus three other stakes, including the Grade III, $750,000 CashCall Mile (fillies and mares)...Lone Star maiden winner Great Hunter is among those pointing to Tuesday's Grade III Hollywood Juvenile Championship for new trainer Doug O'Neill.


Most wins by jockeys at Lone Star over the last 10 days (June 10-June 25): Cliff Berry (16-for-59, 27%); Alfredo Juarez Jr. (10-for-41, 24%); Quincy Hamilton (10-for-53, 19%); Glen Murphy (10-for-55, 18%); and Jaime Theriot (8-for-56, 14%). Hot trainers: Bret Calhoun (9-for-32, 28%); Cody Autrey (8-for-26, 31%); Steve Asmussen (8-for-46, 17%); John Locke (7-for-34, 21%); Dallas Keen (5-for-11, 45%); Chris Hartman (5-for-17, 29%); and Danny Pish (5-for-29, 17%).

Lone Star Park's Leading Jockeys (April 13-June 25 or through 11 of 15 Weeks):

1. Cliff Berry (75-for-307, 24% overall; 28-for-97, 29% June);
2. Quincy Hamilton (65-for-325, 20% overall; 19-for-92, 21% June);
3. Jaime Theriot (39-for-242, 16% overall; 8-for-68, 12% June);
4. Justin Shepherd (33-for-258, 13% overall; 11-for-84, 13% June);
5. Glen Murphy (30-for-258, 12% overall; 11-for-83, 13% June);
6. Alfredo Juarez Jr. (26-for-136, 19% overall; 11-for-57, 19% June);
7. Roman Chapa (21-for-117, 18% overall; 4-for-18, 22% June);
8. Richard Eramia (18-for-219, 8% overall; 4-for-80, 5% June);
9. Jorge Guzman* (16-for-239, 7% overall; 6-for-91, 7% June);
10. Casey Lambert (15-for-136, 11% overall; 7-for-57, 12% June);
10. Larry Taylor (15-for-105, 14% overall; 4-for-39, 10% June);
12. Bobby Walker Jr. (13-for-144, 9% overall; 5-for-48, 10% June);
13. Roimes Chirinos (12-for-116, 10% overall; 5-for-35, 14% June);
13. Ted Gondron (12-for-59, 20% overall; 3-for-15, 20% June);
13. Terry Stanton (12-for-163, 7% overall; 6-for-59, 10% June);
16. Filemon Rodriguez (11-for-228, 5% overall; 3-for-63, 5% June);
16. Omar Rodriguez (11-for-160, 7% overall; 3-for-59, 5% June);
18. Cathy Garner (8-for-86, 9% overall; 3-for-31, 10% June);
19. Don Pettinger (7-for-69, 10% overall; 1-for-37, 3% June);
20. Anthony Cruz (6-for-126, 5% overall; 2-for-40, 5% June);
20. Luis Quinonez (6-for-24, 25% overall; 0-for-6, 0% June).

* Apprentice

Lone Star Park's Leading Trainers (April 13-June 25 or through 11 of 15 Weeks):

1. Steve Asmussen (48-for-210, 23% overall; 13-for-70, 19% June);
2. Cody Autrey (41-for-118, 35% overall; 14-for-42, 33% June);
2. Bret Calhoun (41-for-172, 24% overall; 14-for-50, 28% June);
4. Danny Pish (25-for-150, 17% overall; 8-for-48, 17% June);
5. John Locke (20-for-156, 13% overall; 10-for-55, 18% June);
6. Cole Norman (18-for-94, 19% overall; 6-for-24, 25% June);
7. Tommie Morgan (15-for-57, 26% overall; 3-for-19, 16% June);
8. Chris Hartman (14-for-58, 24% overall; 5-for-22, 23% June);
8. Dallas Keen (14-for-49, 29% overall; 7-for-18, 39% June);
8. Donnie K. Von Hemel (14-for-84, 17% overall; 1-for-35, 3% June);
11. Mike Stidham (12-for-46, 26% overall; 4-for-15, 27% June);
12. Bob Schultz (11-for-80, 14% overall; 4-for-27, 15% June);
13. Jack Bruner (10-for-54, 19% overall; 4-for-17, 24% June);
14. Brent Davidson (8-for-88, 9% overall; 1-for-27, 4% June);
15. Jim Bausch (7-for-93, 8% overall; 4-for-34, 12% June);
15. Allen Milligan (7-for-76, 9% overall; 1-for-25, 4% June);
17. Michelle Lovell (6-for-42, 14% overall; 1-for-12, 8% June);
17. Randy Mayfield (6-for-57, 11% overall; 2-for-17, 12% June);
17. Joe Offolter (6-for-53, 11% overall; 4-for-17, 24% June);
17. Joe Petalino (6-for-35, 17% overall; 2-for-12, 17% June).

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