|Candy Ball Seeks Fifth Win This
Year in Saturday's Fresa Stakes at Lone Star
13, 2006) - Candy Ball, a winner in four of her last five starts
for trainer Andy Leggio Jr., is the horse to beat in Saturday's
$40,000 Fresa Stakes at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.
The 4-year-old Lemon Drop Kid filly drew post position No. 9 in
the field of 10 fillies and mares and was made the 5-2 favorite
for the 1 1/16-mile turf test.
Candy Ball was victorious in a June 30 allowance/optional claiming
race at Lone Star, defeating Truth by Ruth by a neck in 1:36.88
for one mile on turf. The Kentucky-bred, who is based in Louisiana,
earned $20,400 for the win and brought her career earnings to $74,580
for owners Rancha Fresa Inc. Overall, she has won four of eight
Jeffery Burningham, seventh in the Louisiana Downs jockey standings
with 22 wins through Wednesday, will be in town for the mount.
To Candy Ball's outside will be 7-2 second choice My Misty Princess,
the 2004 Lone Star stakes winner who has won once in four tries
this meeting. Twice she was beaten a head after having the lead
in the stretch. She was caught by stablemate Paz Ciudadana in the
Irving Distaff on opening weekend and Rue des Reves in a June 15
The Fresa field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning
line odds): Truth by Ruth (Roman Chapa, Danny Pish, 9-2); Go Girlfriend
Go (Rita Helton, Clifford Bailey, 15-1); D Fine Okie (Don Pettinger,
Donnie K. Von Hemel, 6-1); Bonnie J. (Filemon Rodriguez, Jack Young,
15-1); Cieli (Glen Murphy, Scott Blasi, 20-1); Nicks Nights (Cliff
Berry, Bret Calhoun, 12-1); Tale of Freedom (Quincy Hamilton, Cody
Autrey, 6-1); Bartok's Banco (Terry Stanton, Chris Hartman, 15-1);
Candy Ball (Jeffery Burningham, Andy Leggio Jr., 5-2); and My Misty
Princess (Justin Shepherd, Scott Blasi, 7-2).
The Fresa, which honors the winner of the inaugural Irving Distaff
and Fort Worth Handicap (now known as the WinStar Distaff) in 1997,
will be run as Race 10 at approximately 5:47 p.m. CT. The first
of 11 live races is 1:35 p.m. CT.
SATURDAY DOUBLES AS DOLLAR DAY
Saturday will be the second Dollar Day of the Spring Thoroughbred
Season. On sale for just $1 each will be beer, soft drinks, hot
dogs, popcorn, sno-cones, general admission, general parking and
programs. There also will be a bounce house for children located
on the lawn in front of the Post Time Pavilion.
The popular promotion was inaugurated in 2004 and a crowd of 14,437
took advantage of the first Dollar Day this season on Texas Mile
Day, Saturday, April 29.
Saturday also is the final Budweiser "True Music" Saturday
of the meeting, featuring live music by InSide Out in the Courtyard
of Champions between 12-4 p.m.
ONLY SEVEN DATES REMAIN
After Thursday night's races, only seven live racing dates remain
at the Spring Thoroughbred Season. Closing day is Sunday, July 23.
BOOTS ON SUNDAY RE-RETIRED
Following his eighth-place finish in the $40,000 Carter McGregor
Handicap on June 17, trainer Danny Pish has decided to re-retire
crack sprinter Boots On Sunday. That effort was his first race in
more than 3 1/2 years.
The final decision came after his half-mile breeze Sunday in :49
"We gave it a try because he gave me the signs that he wanted
to race again," Pish explained. "But now he's giving me
the signs that he just doesn't quite have it. A sixteenth of a mile
into the work, he just didn't feel like himself; he just didn't
have that confidence that he used to have."
The 9-year-old blue-collar hero of the Southwest hangs it up sound
with 14 wins, eight stakes triumphs and earnings of $417,965 in
36 starts. He'll return to life as stable pony at Pish's family
"Boots and racing is like me and the bull riding," Pish
said. "I'd still love to do it and I still think I can do it,
but it's probably not a good idea."
JOCKEY BEAUTY PAGEANT ON WEDNESDAY TO AID INJURED AND DISABLED
The male members of Lone Star Park's jockey colony will dress as
women Wednesday night and compete in a beauty pageant to raise money
for injured and disabled riders. The first Don MacBeth Memorial
Jockey Fund Dinner, Dance and Beauty Pageant will take place in
Champions on the second floor of the Grandstand starting at 7 p.m.
Tickets are just $20.
The charitable event - featuring a barbeque dinner, memorabilia
auction, raffle for door prizes, dancing and cash bar - will showcase
Lone Star's favorite jockeys adorned in dresses and elegant gowns
as they compete for the, err, prestigious crown. "I have a
couple of gowns to choose from, but I haven't decided just yet,"
jockey Quincy Hamilton said. "One thing's for certain -- I'll
be tough to beat just like on the racetrack."
Guests also will discover the talents of Lone Star's leading rider
when Cliff Berry and the Even-Money Band (with jockey Justin Shepherd
on drums) provide the musical entertainment.
The $20 tickets can be purchased by calling Monica Davis at (972)
SIMULCAST CENTRAL: BUSY WEEKEND ON TAP NATIONALLY
Popular 4-year-old Lost in the Fog and Dubai Escapade, a winner
of five straight head the Grade II Smile Sprint (sprinters) and
Grade I Princess Rooney (female sprinters) handicaps, respectively
- the highlights of Calder Race Course's $2 million Summit of Speed
on Saturday. Lone Star-based trainer "Bubba" Cascio will
challenge Lost in the Fog with swift Southwest sprinter Gold Storm,
three-length winner of the Need For Speed Handicap at Evangeline
Downs on June 3. Cascio is also bringing back 2005 TTA Sales Futurity
runner-up Lord Vicar off a year layoff to face dual graded stakes
winner Too Much Bling in the Grade II Carry Back (3-year-old sprinters)...
Grand Prairie Turf Challenge winner Kip Deville will get another
try in a million-dollar race on Saturday at Colonial Downs. The
3-year-old, who was runner-up to Showing Up after setting a quick
pace in the Colonial Turf Cup three weeks ago, will face Kentucky
Derby third Steppenwolfer in the Grade II Virginia Derby at 1 π
miles on turf. Also on the Colonial card is the $200,000 Virginia
Oaks (turf 3-year-old fillies)...
A field of six 3-year-olds were entered for Saturday's Grade II,
$350,000 Ohio Derby at Thistledown, headed by the Todd Pletcher-trained
Lone Star Derby third Admiral's Arch and local allowance winner
Doctor Decherd are entered in Saturday's $70,000 Forestry Stakes
(3-year-olds) at Churchill Downs. Also on the Churchill Downs program
is Grade III, $150,000 Locust Grove Handicap (turf fillies and mares).
Admiral's Arch was also cross-entered in Saturday's $150,000 Round
Table Stakes (3-year-olds) at Arlington Park...
Lone Star allowance winner Rue des Reves is entered in Saturday's
$100,000 Lady Canterbury Breeders' Cup (turf fillies and mares)
at Canterbury Park with Bobby Walker Jr. to ride...Also at Canterbury
on Saturday is Claiming Crown 2006 - the unofficial celebration
of the nation's claiming horses with seven stakes events cumulatively
Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks champ Hysterical Lady tops the Grade
II, $500,000 Delaware Oaks, and Honey Ryder, a winner in seven of
her last nine starts, tops the $300,000 Robert G. Dick Memorial
Breeders' Cup Handicap at Delaware Park on Saturday...
New York Breeders' Cup Handicap winner Noble Stella heads the Grade
II Dance Smartly (turf fillies and mares) on Saturday at Woodbine.
BARBARO'S PROGNOSIS NOW "POOR"
Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro has been beset by a severe case of
laminitis in his left hind leg. The condition leaves Barbaro's chances
for survival in great doubt.
"I'd be lying if I said anything but poor," said attending
veterinarian Dr. Dean Richardson when asked about Barbaro's prognosis
during a Thursday morning press conference at the New Bolton Center
in Pennsylvania. Barbaro has been at New Bolton ever since suffering
multiple fractures in his right hind leg at the May 20 Preakness
Laminitis is a potentially fatal inflammation of the foot that
can be brought on by a number of causes, including excessive weight
bearing. Barbaro's laminitis is almost certainly a result of putting
too much weight on his left hind leg to compensate for his injured
right hind leg.
Barbaro's pain is being managed and Richardson says he still looks
very bright. "If you look at this horse, it would be very hard
to put him down," Richardson said.
Richardson said that "all reasonable avenues" would be
tried to save Barbaro. "As long as the horse is not suffering,
we're going to continue to try," he said. "If he isn't
comfortable, we will not continue."
DOWN THE STRETCH - With two weeks remaining,
Steve Asmussen, who began to serve a six-month suspension for a
Louisiana medical violation on Monday, had a 55 to 49 lead over
Bret Calhoun in the Lone Star trainer standings. Cody Autrey was
just one win behind Calhoun...Jerry and Sandy Heflin of Rockwall,
Texas have kicked three clear of four-time champ Tom Durant in the
race to be leading owner, 16 wins to 13. Carl Moore Management was
third with 10 wins...Cliff Berry appears well on his way to a second
Lone Star riding title with a comfortable 89-73 lead over Quincy
Hamiltion in the jockey standings...Hamilton will attempt to equal
Eddie Martin Jr.'s 2003 record of eight stakes wins in a single
Lone Star Park season aboard Tale of Freedom in the Fresa Stakes...Through
the first 13 weeks of the 15-week season, favorites won 37% of the
time. Over the last two weeks, they've won 44 of the 89 races -
a lofty 49.4% win clip...The music of Scott Whitaker will highlight
Friday's "Party at the Park" in the Courtyard of Champions
between 7-11 p.m. The event also features $1.75 Bud Light cans...Sunday
is Senior Citizen's Day with free admission for patrons 62 and up
with proof of identification.