06/25/2001 11:00PM

Chavez gave Bodacious Bubba winning edge


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jorge Chavez helped trainer Paul Duhon pull off one of the biggest wins of his young career Friday night in the final race of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star Park.

Chavez guided Bodacious Bubba, a $15,000 claiming horse, to win a wide open $55,000 starter allowance race over several regional stakes horses at 21-1. Finishing second was Pesky Rascal, who with his placing helped his rider, Jerry Bailey, win the four-race Jockey Championship by one point over Laffit Pincay Jr.

Pat Day was third, completing a sweep by Hall of Fame members of the top three spots in the competition. Chavez was fourth after his win on Bodacious Bubba ($44.80).

"This was one of the biggest wins of my career," said Duhon, who was impressed with the front-running ride from Chavez in the five-furlong turf race. "With his ride, he seemed to carry this horse a little bit. About the sixteenth pole, when Bubba is usually ready to shut down, he took off again."

The Jockey Championship was a strong night for Lone Star. The track drew a crowd of 15,121, and had an all sources handle of $4,235,689 on its 10 live races, a 16 percent increase over 2000.

More than $100,000 was raised for the Jockeys' Guild Disabled Riders Fund during the event, according to Lone Star spokesman Darren Rogers. A final total is pending as officials are still determining funds raised from poster signings by LeRoy Neiman.

The Disabled Riders Fund received proceeds from a live and silent auction during a luncheon held in conjunction with the Jockey Championship, as well as one percent of the handle on the four races that made up the competition. The live auction sales topper was the mounted helmet, helmet cover, and goggles worn by Pat Day when he won his 8,000th race May 30. Bob Sambol, whose Dallas restaurant, Bob's Steak and Chop House, has a section decorated with racing memorabilia, purchased the item for $9,000.

The Jockey Championship will be held at Lone Star through 2003.

Joyful Tune wants more

Joyful Tune, who has won his last three races by a combined 13 3/4 lengths, seeks to extend his win streak in the featured eighth race Wednesday night, a six furlong optional claiming race worth $33,000.

Joyful Tune rolled to a 3 3/4-length win in a six-furlong allowance June 15, defeating a field of fellow 3-year-olds in a swift 1:08.83. He faces older rivals Wednesday, among them St. Martin's Cloak, who last out was fifth in the $50,000 Carter McGregor, which went in a track-record time of 1:08.06.

Lone Star begins a marathon run of racing Wednesday. The track will race 11 of the next 12 days, its one dark day being Monday, July 1. Racing then continues through Sunday, July 8.

Saturday is Stars of Texas Day

Lone Star believes in putting on big event days, and its newest power-packed program of racing is set for Saturday. Stars of Texas Day will feature six stakes worth more than $650,000, with each of the races restricted to horses with ties to Texas.

The $150,000 Assault is the richest of four stakes races for statebreds on the card. Both divisions of the $150,000 estimated Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity are restricted to horses who are graduates of certain sales in Texas.

*The U.S. Olympic Committee site team toured north Texas last week, and stopped in to visit Lone Star, which has been proposed as the beach volleyball site should Dallas land the Olympic Games in 2012.

*Las Devious ($51.60), who won the first race Friday night, became the first winner for his sire, Grade 1 Cigar Mile winner Devious Course, who stands at Valor Farm in Texas. Las Devious is out of Miss Lashawn, who won the fillies division of the Texas Open Futurity.