Lone Star Park, 9th Race - May 26, 2008
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Brownie Points unleashed a powerful bid into the stretch to run down clear leader Tears I Cry and win the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board by 1 3/4 lengths over that rival at Lone Star Park. It was another half-length back to favorite Costume, who won a photo for third over Candy Ball.
Brownie Points ($10) raced in mid-pack early in the one-mile turf race for fillies and mares, as Elliecat led the field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.65 and the half in 47.65. Brownie Points began her bid from there, and went on to cover the distance on firm turf in 1:35.82.
Luis Quinonez rode the winner for Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.
Following the race, Garrett Gomez, who rode Costume, lodged a claim of foul against Brownie Points and Tears I Cry for interference. There was no change to the order of finish.
The Ouija Board was one of six stakes worth a cumulative $1.1 million on the annual Lone Star Million Day, the richest day of racing in Texas. Run later on the card was the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.
Lone Star Park, 7th Race - May 26, 2008
Dallas Turf Cup: Church Service by nose
Church Service closed with determination to win a tight photo over Storm Military in the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup. The margin of victory was a nose, while it was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third to Red Rock Creek.
Church Service ($7.60) trailed early in the 1 1/8-mile turf race, as Swains News, Scrappy Roo, and Storm Military raced together through fractions of 25.29 seconds for the opening quarter-mile, 50.91 for the opening half, and 1:15.04 for six furlongs. Church Service advanced as Storm Military began to break away from the field, and Church Service ran down the leader from the middle of the track to cover the distance on firm turf in 1:50.54.
"It was pretty close," said Brice Blanc, who rode Church Service for trainer Mike Mitchell. "Actually, about the eighth pole I thought I had him, but then when I got closer to the wire, I wasn't sure ... We were so far apart from each other."
Church Service is owned by Robert Tjosvold. He was claimed for $50,000 in January at Santa Anita, and came into the Dallas Turf Cup off a second-place finish in the Grade 3 Tokyo City Handicap. Church Service is a 5-year-old gelding by Pulpit.
Lone Star Park, 5th Race - May 26, 2008
USA: Boss Lafitte from last to first
Boss Lafitte closed from last to first to win the $100,000 USA, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds that opened the card's stakes program. He raced about 10 lengths behind pacesetter Repent Pardner, who was clear through six furlongs in 1:12.10 Boss Lafitte launched a sweeping move on the final turn, and ran down the field to cover the distance over firm turf in 1:43.47.
"He settled in good, and when we moved him to the outside turning for home he came with a nice run for us," said Garrett Gomez, who rode Boss Lafitte for trainer Tom Amoss.
Boss Lafitte ($5.40) won by three-quarters of a length over Golden Yank, while it was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third to Ablaze With Spirit. Boss Lafitte earned $60,000 for the win in the USA, which was his second in a stakes behind the Grade 3 Transylvania at Keeneland in April. He races for Uptown Racing.
Lone Star Park, 6th Race - May 26, 2008
Cinemine: Three in row for Storm Mesa
Storm Mesa blew open the $100,000 Cinemine approaching the quarter pole, when she shook pace rival Twisted Tale and went on to a 13 1/2-length win in the seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies. Sky Mom rallied for second, while it was another 4 1/2 lengths back in third to Euphony.
Storm Mesa ($6.20) was with the pace through fractions of 22.73 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.80 for the half-mile. She was all alone through six furlongs in 1:08.74 before completing the distance on a fast track in 1:21.56.
"She advanced to another gear around the turn," said Eddie Martin Jr., who rode the winner for Richard Davis and trainer Bret Calhoun.
Storm Mesa won her maiden and an allowance by a combined 10 lengths heading into the Cinemine.
Lone Star Park, 8th Race - May 26, 2008
Valid Expectations: All Stealth Cat
Stealth Cat won her second straight stakes of the Lone Star meet when she beat Starry Pie in the $100,000 Valid Expectations. Stealth Cat ($7) led throughout in the six-furlong race for fillies and mares, winning by five lengths and covering the distance in 1:09.71.
She came into the race off a neck win in the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes here in April. Luis Quinonez rode the winner for J. Kirk Robinson and trainer Steve Asmussen. It was Asmussen's fifth win in the Valid Expectations.