Updated on 09/17/2011 10:14AM

Lone Star Deputy rides rail to win

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Reed Palmer
Lone Star Deputy (#3) rides the rail under Eddie Martin Jr. to a half-length win in Saturday's $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Lone Star Deputy rode a ground-saving trip to victory in the $100,000 for 3-year-olds at Lone Star Park.

Lone Star Deputy ($10.20), the third choice in a field of nine, broke alertly and took a position along the inside. Turning for home, Lone Star Deputy found himself behind a wall of horses with nowhere to go.

Under jockey Eddie Martin Jr., Lone Star Deputy finally found room passing the stretch chute and he finished full of run along the rail to beat Leo's Last Hurrahy by a half-length. Commander's Affair, one of the early pacesetters, finished a neck back in third. Marsh, the 2-1 favorite, had a wide trip and finished eighth.

Final time for one mile over firm turf was 1:39.70.

The Grand Prairie Turf Challenge was Lone Star Deputy's first stakes win and his second in three starts over turf. A son of Silver Deputy, he had won a maiden race in his turf debut at Fair Grounds in February, then finished a close third in an allowance over the same course in March. Trainer Bret Calhoun said Lone Star Deputy didn't seem to relish the yielding ground in that allowance loss.

Lone Star Deputy has won two of six starts and has earned $79,640.