Ruby Be Mine Sets Track Record at Lone Star Park

(April 30, 2004)- Two-year-old filly Ruby Be Mine broke Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's seven-year-old track record for 4 ½ furlongs with a clocking of :51.30 in Friday night's third race. It was the Rubiano filly's career debut, and she easily prevailed by 2 ¼ lengths over Rockin Regent.

Terry Stanton, tacking 118 pounds, rode the winner for trainer Ed Dowell and owner Thomas Curtis of San Antonio, Texas. She paid $12 to win as the 5-1 fourth wagering choice.

Rayanegra, who was developed into a stakes-winning filly by trainer Dallas Keen, held Lone Star Park's 4 ½-furlong track record of :51.39 since May 2, 1997. That day, she won by four lengths in her second career start.

Ruby Be Mine, breaking from post position No. 2 in the field of Texas-bred 2-year-old fillies, broke inward but was away alertly. She dueled for the lead along the inside and kicked clear inside the final furlong to establish the track's new standard.

Dodwell suggested after the race that Ruby Be Mine, a Texas-bred, might be as good as a trio of juveniles he prepared for prominent trainers in Kentucky.

"I shipped three to Churchill Downs this morning - one to Kenny McPeek, one to Bernie Flint and one to Dallas Stewart - and she could run with them," said Dodwell, who operates Diamond D Ranch training center in Lone Oak, Texas. "I knew for some time she had the makings of a nice filly. We always planned, if she was fast enough, to run in one race and go in the [Texas Thoroughbred Association] Sales Futurity. I was very pleased. She did it easy and was widening at the end."

Trials for the fillies division of the $150,000-estimated TTA Sales Futurity, a five-furlong test exclusively for horses which passed through Texas sales rings, will be held Wednesday, May 26. The final will be held June 12.

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