04/13/2012 4:12PM

Lone Star: Eur O So Bad favored in turf feature


The emphasis is on speed, specifically turf speed, Sunday at Lone Star. Three turf sprints are among the day’s nine races, with two at five furlongs, and another, a starter allowance, contested over just a half-mile.

Among the trio of turf dashes is the day’s richest contest, the sixth race for fillies and mares, a $24,000 second-level allowance with a $50,000 claiming condition.

Favored at 2-1 is Eur O So Bad, a winner of 3 of 9 starts who took an allowance turf sprint at 5 1/2 furlongs last summer at Monmouth Park. Most recently, she won $15,000 claiming race at Fair Grounds by seven lengths on dirt March 11.

She is trained by Ronny Werner, a native Texan with Lone Star roots, but a trainer who has participated at Lone Star infrequently in recent years after shifting his spring/summer base of operations to Kentucky and the Northeast.

Prior to this meet, his last Lone Star starter had been Rich Fantasy, who ran third in the now defunct Ouija Board Handicap in May 2007. Werner had been a regular in the track’s early days, training for longtime Lone Star supporter Tom Durant.

In addition to Eur O So Bad, Werner entered a pair of runners Saturday at Lone Star.

Berry returns after end of Oaklawn

Cliff Berry, who won his fourth Lone Star riding title last year, is named to ride a couple horses Sunday – his first rides of the meet after finishing Oaklawn Park’s meet Saturday.

Berry’s first mount of the meet comes in race 4 aboard 8-5 morning-line favorite Dajohna, and his second and final mount comes on Dixie in Motion, a 4-1 shot in race 8. Both horses are trained by Calhoun.

Entering Friday, the second-to-last card of the Oaklawn meet, Berry held a 49-45 lead over Terry Thompson in the riding standings there.