Queena Corrina Rebounds to Win $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park

(June 25, 2005) - The 6-year-old Kansas-bred mare Queena Corrina rebounded nicely from a ninth-place finish in the WinStar Distaff (Gr. III) and captured Saturday's $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park by 1 ½ lengths over even-money favorite Our Love. It was her second stakes win of the meeting for owner/breeder Stan Wilson of Coffeeville, Kansas.

Queena Corrina, trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, ran five furlongs over a firm turf course in :56.21 and paid $18.80 to win. She was the 8-1 fourth wagering choice in the field of nine fillies and mares.

Our Love, who crossed the wire in second, was disqualified to fifth for interference with Hortense in the stretch. Timeless Dancer was promoted to second and Twice a Deelite was moved up to third.

Queena Corrina, in her first race at five furlongs on turf, sat three to four lengths behind the leaders early on, then made a three-wide move on the turn and powered home under jockey Don Pettinger's strong right-handed urging.

"I knew she'd be kickin' it late; it was just a question of where she'd settle herself early in the running," Pettinger said. "She sat right in behind there. All I did was wait for the turn for home to ask her. I knew she'd have that kick. She did real good."

The $30,000 winner's share of the Miller Lite purse boosted Queena Corrina's career earnings to $236,570. It was her ninth career win in 27 starts. Five of those wins have come on Lone Star's turf course.

After winning the $75,000 Irving Distaff on opening weekend at Lone Star, Queena Corrina later tried stakes company in the Grade III, $200,000 WinStar Distaff on Memorial Day. Heavy hitters from around the country, including top two finishers Katdogawn and Valentine Dancer, came for the one-mile race, which was run over a yielding course. She finished ninth - the only time in her career that she finished worse than fourth.

Saturday's Miller Lite was the shortest race of Queena Corrina's career.

"We were kind of stuck looking for a spot to run her," Von Hemel said. "I'm glad that Mr. Wilson and I put our heads together and came up with this spot. She'll compete when you put in a spot where she can compete...especially if the turf isn't soft and there aren't any graded stakes winners in there.

"I'm real proud of her as far as adapting to the distance. Going two turns, you have to fight her a little to rate her. You knew there was going to be speed in this race, so I thought she'd at least rate herself and then finish. Between Remington, Louisiana Downs and Retama Park, there'll be some $40,000 and $50,000 races for her and that's where she belongs."

DOWN THE STRETCH: Saturday's attendance was 8,608...Casey Lambert rode four winners Saturday at Lone Star: Pardon Me Girl ($6.40), Special Topics ($8.20), Shezmarkedword ($5.60) and City Zoom ($6.20). Overall, he has 33 wins, good for seventh in the local jockey standings. Sixteen of those victories have come this month...Two of Lambert's wins were for owner Tom Durant of Granbury, Texas, and trainer Jack Bruner. Durant now has a comfortable five-win lead in the owner standings over Heiligbrodt Racing Stable, 16 wins to 11. Bruner moved into a tie for seventh in the trainer standings with 16 wins...Over the last three racing days, trainer Bret Calhoun has saddled seven winners from 12 starters and now trails leading trainer Steve Asmussen by three, 45 wins to 42. He won twice Saturday with Cats Legend ($6.40) and Willing Star ($3.60)...The Danny Pish barn has been hot over the last three days, as well. With two wins Saturday, he's now won with four of 12 starters since Thursday...Only 15 days remain at Lone Star's ninth Spring Thoroughbred Season. Closing day is Sunday, July 17...Littlebitlively Stakes winner Orphan Brigade is the 2-1 morning line favorite for Sunday's featured fourth race. The $37,000 five-furlong turf sprint for 4-year-olds and up highlights a nine-race program that begins at 1:35 p.m. CT. Orphan Brigade, trained by Bret Calhoun, is one of five stakes winners in the seven-horse field. Last time out in the Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint on Memorial Day, the 4-year-old gelding was game in defeat, finishing third over a yielding turf course behind Oncearoundtwice and Top Commander. Here's the complete field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Silver Phone (Don Pettinger, Donnie K. Von Hemel, 5-1); Run Zeal Run (Patrick Boxie, George Northrop Jr., 15-1); Joe Six Pack (Cliff Berry, Cole Norman, 7-2); Prince Warner (Kevin Cogburn, John Locke, 8-1); Orphan Brigade (Roman Chapa, Calhoun, 2-1); Streak of Royalty (Justin Shepherd, Dallas Barton, 15-1); and Joyful Tune (Jaime Theriot, Norman, 3-1). Post time for the feature is approximately 2:59 p.m. CT...Most Feared, runner-up to Dynever in the 2003 Walmac Lone Star Derby, will run in a claiming race for the first time on Sunday. The 5-year-old gelding, unraced since finishing sixth in the Premiere Stakes on opening night, is scheduled to run one mile in a competitive $20,000 claiming race that goes as Sunday's opener...Sunday is Senior Citizen's Day at Lone Star. All seniors age 62 and up will receive free general admission...Dance With Ravens and the filly Gold Strike head a field of 10 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds in Sunday's $1 million Queen's Plate at Woodbine near Toronto. Canada's most famous race - the 146th running of Canada's equivalent to the Kentucky Derby -- will be simulcast at Lone Star at approximately 4:07 p.m. CT. Sam-Son Farm's Dance With Ravens is an impeccably-bred son of A.P. Indy out of 1991 Plate winner Dance Smartly, and has been made the 5-2 morning line favorite. "He'll certainly get the mile-and-a-quarter," trainer Mark Frostad said. "It won't be a problem for him at all. He's very talented." Gold Strike, winner of the June 12 Labatt Woodbine Oaks is the 3-1 second choice and will attempt to become only the fifth filly to win both the Oaks and the Plate...Three stakes races and the ninth annual Lone Stars & Stripes Fireworks Celebration highlight next week at Lone Star. The holiday weekend begins Friday night with the $40,000 Fresa Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares. A stakes doubleheader will be run Saturday: the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup Stakes for 3-year-olds at six furlongs and the $100,000 Lone Star Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles on turf. A special 5 p.m. twilight program will be held Sunday, July 3, followed by one of the most spectacular fireworks shows in North Texas. The 20-minute fireworks show originates from the track's infield and is synchronized to a rousing patriotic soundtrack courtesy of 99.5 The Wolf. On Monday, July 4, there will be special holiday racing at 1:35 p.m...In addition to the fireworks on July 3, there will be activities for the entire family including pony rides, a petting zoo, interactive games, bounce houses, giant slides, arts and crafts vendors, and strolling clowns. Between lives races, there will be music performed by Signed, Sealed, Delivered in the outdoor sun-shaded Courtyard of Champions area from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Also, Lone Star will stage a mascot race after the final race, featuring some of the area's favorite mascots...Someone may win a new 2005 Ford Mustang on Sunday, July 3, thanks to a partnership between Lone Star Park and the North Texas Ford Dealers. Anyone who visits a North Texas Ford Dealer through Saturday, July 2 can pick up an entry form and deliver it to Lone Star Park on July 3. Between races that day, 10 names will be drawn and each will have the opportunity to select a key that could open the doors to the new car.

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