05/25/2012 3:12PM

Lone Star Park: Apart to race with blinkers in Lone Star Park Handicap

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Tom Keyser
Apart will race with blinkers for the first time in Monday’s Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Apart will add blinkers Monday when he starts as part of an eight-horse field for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap. Entries for the 1 1/16-mile race were taken Friday. The handicap is the richest offering of the meet at Lone Star Park.

Apart, a multiple graded stakes winner based in Kentucky, will break from the rail under jockey Glen Murphy. He is weighted at 118 pounds, with the race’s 121-pound starting highweight, New Orleans Handicap winner Nates Mineshaft, to start from post 6 under Jesse Campbell. Apart will be racing in blinkers for the first time in his career Monday.

“I contemplated [blinkers] for a while, and finally, it’s time,” said Al Stall Jr., who trains Apart for Adele Dilschneider.

Stall hopes the equipment will improve Apart’s focus. The horse will be making his second start of the year in the Lone Star, off a distant fifth-place finish to Successful Dan in the Grade 2 Alysheba at Churchill Downs on May 4.

“They broke the track record,” Stall said. “He just kind of went around there and took care of himself.”

Stall said he has been pleased with how Apart has trained since the Alysheba. The race was his first since last August, when he ran ninth in the Grade 1 Whitney at Saratoga. Prior to that start, Apart was third in last year’s Grade 1 Stephen Foster at Churchill. His major career wins include the Grade 2 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs in 2010 and the Grade 3 Schaefer Memorial at Pimlico in 2011. Stall said the horse would ship Friday night from his Keeneland base to Lone Star.

The complete Lone Star field from the rail with riders is: Apart, Murphy; Get in Da House, Don Simington; Night Party, Victor Lebron; Marilyn’s Guy, Cliff Berry; Fog Alert, Ken Tohill; Nates Mineshaft, Campbell; Golden Yank, Jamie Theriot; and Imco Spirit, Alejandro Medellin.

Get in Da House, who was third in last month’s Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile, is the lone horse eligible for a $20,000 bonus awarded through the new Global Gaming Triple. The series is comprised of the Texas Mile, the Lone Star, and the $200,000 Governor’s Cup, which is run at Lone Star’s sister track, Remington Park, in August. Horses are awarded points for their finishes in the three races, and the owner and trainer of the horse with the most accumulated points splits the bonus, with the award only available to horses who start in all three legs of the triple.

The Lone Star goes as the ninth on a 10-race card Monday, with a post of 5:19 p.m. Central. The forecast is for a high of 95 degrees and a low of 73, with a 10 percent chance of rain, according to weather.com. First post is 1:35 p.m.