|17 Graded Stakes Winners Highlight
Grade III Texas Mile Nominations
(April 17, 2003)-
Seventeen graded stakes winners, including Grade I winners Bonapaw,
Booklet and Wooden Phone, highlight the nominations for the April
26 Grade III Texas Mile. Top nominees also include defending champion
Unrullah Bull, trained by Cole Norman; Bluesthestandard, recent
winner of the Grade II Portrero Grande Breeders’ Cup Handicap
at Santa Anita; Candid Glen, upset winner of the Grade II Explosive
Bid at Fair Grounds; Night Patrol, multiple graded stakes winner
on turf in Southern California; Private Emblem, last year's Grade
II Arkansas Derby hero; Western Pride, winner of the Grade III San
Bernardino Handicap at Santa Anita last out; and Wiseman’s
Ferry, the 2002 Grade III Lone Star Derby champ.
The first graded stakes race of the Lone Star Park season is just
around the corner. But there’s still a ton of racing action
between now and next week’s main event. This weekend, special
events abound all over the Grand Prairie racetrack.
On Friday, country music artist Mark David Manders performs at
the Heineken “Party at the Park” in the Courtyard of
Champions. The following day, the inaugural Budweiser Saturday Celebration
takes place with $2 Buds and an Elvis Presley tribute by Johnny
Lovett. To cap off the weekend, the Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday offers
all kinds of family fun, along with an appearance by the Easter
This week’s feature race is the $50,000 Wafare Farm Stakes,
with a solid field of 3-year-old fillies set to contest the six-furlong
sprint. Favored at 5-2 on the morning line is Eternal Cup, who won
an allowance race by 9 ¼ lengths on opening night.
Here’s the field for the Wafare Farm Stakes, from the rail
out (with jockey and morning line odds): Eternal Cup (Corey Lanerie,
5-2); Hannah’s Royalrock (Jeremy Beasley, 3-1); Tulupai (Cliff
Berry, 10-1); Impetuous Molly (Jaime Theriot, 6-1); Scottish Heritage
(Chandra Rennie, 20-1); Letithappencaptain (Kirk LeBlanc, 15-1);
Sisterlita (Deirdre Panas, 12-1); You Glitter Girl (Eddie Martin
Jr., 7-2); Olguina (Terry Stanton, 20-1); and Itsmybag (E.J. Perrodin,
First post on Friday is 6:35 p.m. Weekend action starts at 1:35
Meanwhile, the Texas Mile is drawing closer and the nominations
indicate another stellar field for this year’s renewal. Sixty-one
horses are under consideration for the event, including many big
names from the Southwest and California.
There were 16 horses nominated from the Norman barn. The record-setting
leading trainer at the recently completed Oaklawn Park meeting won
his first graded stakes event in last year’s Texas Mile. His
nominees include the 2002 winner, though there has been no word
yet on whether Unrullah Bull will seek back-to-back wins off his
poor outing in the allowance prep on April 4.
Lone Star Park’s all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen
nominated seven to the race. He has stated that Private Emblem and
Compendium, winner of the April 4 allowance, are likely to run.
Other familiar names on the nominations list include Balto Star,
winner of the Grade III Whirlaway Handicap at Fair Grounds in February
trained by Todd Pletcher; Beau’s Town, winner of three consecutive
Oaklawn Park sprint stakes this year, including the Grade III Count
Fleet Handicap trained by Norman; Keats, fourth in the Grade I Donn
Handicap in February for Niall O’Callaghan; and top locals
like Maysville Slew, Seainsky and Valhol.