01/28/2005 1:00AM

It's back to spring for $300,000 derby


The Grade 3, $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby will return to a spring date this year with Lone Star Park running just one meet in 2005. Last year, the track also held a fall meet to accommodate its hosting of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, and the Lone Star Derby was run in October.

This year, the date for the 1 1/16-mile race will be May 14, one week after the Kentucky Derby. It is one of the highlights of a 67-date meet that will run from April 14 to July 17. Daily purses for the meet will average about $220,000.

Other major stakes that make up the 37-race, $4 million stakes schedule include the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile on April 30. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and upward will be supported by three other stakes, including two $125,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes, which are named the Stymie and the Got Koko.

Lone Star Million Day, a program of six stakes worth $1 million, will be run on May 30. The top events on the program include the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff, and the $150,000 Stonerside Stakes for 3-year-old fillies.

The $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at 1 1/8 miles is set for June 18, while the annual Stars of Texas Day, which features six restricted stakes, most for Texas-breds, will be run a week and a half later than usual, on July 9.

In other changes, Lone Star has added five overnight stakes to its schedule, each worth $40,000. Also this year, there is no Jockey Championship. Last year, Lone Star did not hold the event in the spring, and instead put on an International Jockey Championship the week of the Breeders' Cup.

2005 Lone Star stakes schedule

Thu., April 14Premiere Stakes3YO & Up*1 Mile $50,000
Sat., April 16Irving DistaffF&M 3YO & Up7 1/2 Furlongs (T) 75,000
Fri.April 22Littlebitlively Stakes3YO & Up5 Furlongs (T) 40,000
Sat.April 23Wafare Farm Stakes3YO F6 Furlongs 50,000
Sat.April 30Texas Mile (G3)3YO & Up1 Mile 300,000
 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge3YO1 Mile (T) 75,000
 Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie)3YO C&G1 1/16 Miles 125,000
 Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko)3YO F1 1/16 Miles 125,000
Sat., May 7Connecting Terms Stakes3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T) 40,000
Sat. May 14Walmac Lone Star Derby (G3)3YO1 1/16 Miles 300,000
 Ford Express Stakes3YO & Up6 Furlongs 75,000
Sat., May 21JEH Stallion Station StakesF&M 3YO & Up*6 1/2 Furlongs 50,000
Sat., May 28Carter McGregor Jr. Mem. S.3YO & Up*6 Furlongs50,000
Mon., May 30Lone Star Park H. (G3)3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles300,000
 WinStar Distaff (G3)F&M 3YO & Up1 Mile (T) 200,000
 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes3YO1 1/16 Miles (T) 200,000
 Stonerside Stakes3YO F7 Furlongs 150,000
 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint3YO & Up5 Furlongs (T) 100,000
 Valid Expectations StakesF&M 3YO & Up6 Furlongs 100,000
Sat.June 4Anet Stakes3YO5 1/2 Furlongs 40,000
Sat., June 11TTA Sales Futurity2YO C&G5 Furlongs +150,000
 TTA Sales Futurity2YO F5 Furlongs +150,000
Fri., June 17Gold Nugget Stakes3YO & Up*7 1/2 Furlongs (T) 40,000
Sat., June 18Dallas Turf Cup3YO & Up1 1/8 Miles (T) 200,000
Sat., June 25Miller Lite StakesF&M 3YO & Up5 Furlongs (T) 50,000
Fri., July 1Fresa StakesF&M 3YO & Up1 1/16 Miles (T) 40,000
Sat., July 2Alysheba BC Stakes3YO6 Furlongs 100,000
 Lone Star Oaks3YO F1 1/16 Miles (T) 100,000
Sat., July 9TX. Stallion S. (Staunch Avenger)2YO C&G5 1/2 Furlongs 125,000
 TX. Stallion S. (Pan Zareta)2YO F5 1/2 Furlongs 125,000
 Assault Stakes3YO & Up*1 1/16 Miles 125,000
 Allen Bogan MEM. StakesF&M 3YO & Up*1 Mile 100,000
 Harold V. Goodman MEM. S.3YO*6 1/2 Furlongs 50,000
 Valor Farm Stakes3YO F*6 Furlongs 50,000
Sat., July 16Middleground BC Stakes2YO C&G6 Furlongs 75,000
 Silver Spur BC Stakes2YO F6 Furlongs 75,000
Sun., July 17Bob Johnson Memorial Stakes3YO & Up1 Mile 75,000

+ Estimated Purse; * Texas-breed