My Misty Princess Gets Up in Closing Day Bluebonnet at Lone Star Park

(Sunday, October 31, 2004) - Four-year-old filly My Misty Princess rallied on the outside to defeat Queena Corrina by the smallest of noses in the $100,000 Bluebonnet Stakes on Sunday’s closing day program at Lone Star Park’s Fall Breeders’ Cup Meeting.

“She’s really coming around and I think she’s going to be a special 5-year-old,” winning trainer Dallas Keen said. “She’s just really doing good right now.”

Queena Corrina tracked the early pace in second behind Cat’s Cat and gained command into the stretch, but My Misty Princess rallied five-wide out of the turn to pass most of the field and initiate a rousing stretch duel.

“At the eighth pole when I was getting ready to head up with the horse on the lead, she kind of took a step in so I hit her left handed and she ran on with a little burst,” jockey Jamie Theriot said of My Misty Princess.

For Queena Corrina, a matter of about one inch made the difference between a $60,000 winner’s share and the $20,000 second prize.

“I don’t think I’ve lost a big one quite that close before,” trainer Donnie K. Von Hemel said. “That was painful.”

It was three-quarter lengths back to 54-1 longshot Bonnie J. in third, followed by even money favorite Janeian in fourth.

“It was a dull performance,” Janeian’s trainer Bret Calhoun said. “She had no turn of foot today and she usually explodes at the top of the lane. The pace was a little slow. Maybe she should’ve been closer.”

The Bluebonnet was run in front of 5,179 fans on the final day of live racing in Grand Prairie for 2004. Lone Star’s 2005 Spring Thoroughbred Season will run April 14 - July 17.

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