05/27/2010 11:00PM

Awesome Gem gets his lucky number


Awesome Gem drew a prime post for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap when entries for the 1 1/16-mile race were taken on Friday. He will break from post 3 in a field of eight in what is the richest of seven stakes making up the Lone Star Million Day card on Monday.

"I like the inside post," said Craig Dollase, who trains Awesome Gem. "He'll save some ground and make his run. And he's been lucky with post 3. He won the Hawthorne Gold Cup with post 3. Hopefully, we can continue that."

Awesome Gem, who would surpass $2 million in earnings with a win Monday, will be ridden by David Flores. He will start as the 119-pound highweight along with Mythical Power, the winner of last month's Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile, who will break from gate 6 under Martin Garcia.

Fifteen Love, who was third in the Texas Mile, is entered in both the Lone Star and the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup. He drew post 10 for the Dallas Turf Cup and got post 5 for the Lone Star. The complete field for the Lone Star, which last year was worth $400,000, is Jonesboro from the rail under Cliff Berry; Golden Yank, Shaun Bridgmohan; Awesome Gem; Redding Colliery, Rosie Napravnik; Fifteen Love, Jorge Guzman; Mythical Power; Euroears, Jamie Theriot; and Indy Express, Chris Landeros.

The Lone Star will go as the 10th of 11 races, with a post of 5:47 p.m. Central. The forecast is for isolated thunderstorms and a high of 93 degrees, according to weather.com. Lone Star will run the Million Day stakes continuously, starting with the fourth race, which is the $50,000 Carter McGregor Memorial Sprint for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas.

Wasted Tears, who won the Grade 2 Jenny Wiley last month at Keene land, will make an appearance in the fifth race, the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff for fillies and mares at a mile on turf. The six-horse field also includes stakes winners Bubbler and Love to Tell.

Bob Baffert, who trains Mythical Power, will send out Mother Ruth, the first of his three Million Day starters, in the sixth race, the $75,000 Valid Expectations for fillies and mares at six furlongs. Mother Ruth invades off a second-level allowance win at Santa Anita. She will break from post 5 in the seven-horse field and is to be ridden by Garcia.

In the seventh race, Coyote Legend will break from a favorable post 3 when he makes his turf debut in the $100,000 USA for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles. He will be seeking his sixth consecutive stakes win in a field of nine. One race later, his stablemate Tin Top Cat will seek her sixth stakes win in the $100,000 Cinemine for 3-year-old fillies at seven furlongs. It goes with a field of 13, including the Baffert-trained Bonnie Blue Flag.

The ninth race is the Dallas Turf Cup, which has undergone some changes since last year. It is no longer a graded race after holding Grade 3 status, and has been shortened in distance from 1 1/8 miles to 1 1/16 miles. A strong field of 11 includes El Gato Malo, a graded winner for Dollase; Glowing Praise, who invades off a third-place finish in the Grade 3 Inglewood at Hollywood; and Wise River, the pacesetter in the Grade 1 Turf Classic at Churchill.