|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.