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Monday, May 31
Yessirgeneralsir wins first stakes wire to wire

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Yessirgeneralsir won his first stakes Monday with a powerful wire-to-wire victory in the Grade 3, $300,000 . The 1 1/16-mile race was the richest of seven stakes on the day, with the total value of the races $1 million. Known as Lone Star Million Day, the program is one of the biggest days of the meet at Lone Star Park.

Yessirgeneralsir ($25.20) broke well in the Lone Star Park Handicap and set fractions of 22.85 seconds for the opening quarter and 45.67 seconds for the half-mile mark, while even-money favorite Kela raced about a length back in second. Yessirgeneralsir began to pull away from his rivals on the second turn and after covering six furlongs in 1:08.54, finished up the 1 1/16 miles in a blazing 1:41.29.

Sonic West rallied for second, 2 1/4 lengths behind Yessirgeneralsir. It was another length to Spanish Empire in third, while Kela, who was attempting to sweep the meet's two major dirt stakes for older horses, finished fourth.

Omar Figueroa rode Yessirgeneralsir for Jim Jackson and trainer Dallas Keen. Yessirgeneralsir earned $180,000 for the win, which was his third from eight career starts. His earnings now stand at $252,555.

Academic Angel rallies in WinStar
Trainer Steve Asmussen had set a record for stakes wins on Lone Star Million Day by the eighth race Monday, when Academic Angel upset the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff. It was the fourth consecutive stakes win on the card for Asmussen, who won three stakes during the inaugural Lone Star Million Day in 1999.

Academic Angel ($24.20) rallied past the leaders through the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length over Janeian in the WinStar. It was another neck back in third to 9-5 favorite Katdogawn. Academic Angel covered the one mile on turf for fillies and mares in 1:35.91.

Shane Sellers was aboard Academic Angel and also was aboard Asmussen's other winners.

Savorthetime wins in record time
In the seventh race, the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes for fillies and mares, Savorthetime set a track record for six furlongs when she rolled to a four-length win in 1:07.82. The previous record was 1:08 set by Triple Card.

Savorthetime settled in sixth early behind Big Score and Fleeta Dif, who set fractions of of 21.73 seconds for the opening quarter and 44 seconds for the half-mile mark. Savorthetime advanced on the turn and drew clear under Sellers.

Clear in the West finished second, 2 3/4 lengths in front of third-place finisher Leona's Lies.

Savorthetime returned $3.40 as the favorite. She races for Brenda and Philip Robertson.

Mighty Beau best in sprint
Sellers and Asmussen teamed to win the other major sprint on the card, the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint, with Mighty Beau. He pushed pacesetter Joe Move through an opening half-mile in 44.18 seconds, overtook him, and went on to a three-quarter length win in the five-furlong turf race. Mighty Beau covered the distance in 56.33 seconds. Grifter ran second, three-quarters of a length in front of third-place finisher Joe Move.

Mighty Beau was sent to post as the favorite and paid $4.80. He is owned by M C Stable and Anthony Carolan.

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