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Lone Star Park: Asmussen sends pair to Grade 3 Texas Mile
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Trainer Steve Asmussen will attack the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park on Saturday with two horses, Master Rick and Prayer for Relief, because he feels the distance is the right fit for both runners. A field of six was drawn Wednesday for the one-mile stakes.
Master Rick enters the Texas Mile off a 2 1/4-length win at the distance in a second-level allowance at Oaklawn on Feb. 28. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94, which is the best last-race number in Saturday’s field.
“It’s all about the mile for him,” Asmussen said. “His ideal spot is a two-turn mile.”
Master Rick’s biggest win came at the trip in last year’s Northern Spur at Oaklawn. Ricardo Santana Jr. has the mount on the horse, who will break from post 1.
Prayer for Relief drew post 4 for what will be his first start since September.
“He’s been off since the Washington Park last year,” Asmussen said of the Grade 3 handicap at Arlington, in which the horse finished sixth. “He came out of that race unsatisfactorily. We needed to give him some time. He’s trained good since, and we were trying to find the proper spot to start him back at. I think the mile is a good distance to start him back at.”
Prayer for Relief, a multiple graded stakes winner, will be ridden by Glen Murphy.
The Texas Mile field from the rail, with riders, is Master Rick; Majestic Harbor, Lindey Wade; Good Lord, Fernando De La Cruz; Prayer for Relief; Get in Da House, Don Simington; and Donoharm, Cliff Berry.
The Texas Mile is the first leg of the Global Gaming Triple, which continues with the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 27 and the $200,000 Governor’s Cup at Remington Park in August. The horse who accumulates the most points for his finishes in the three races will earn a $15,000 bonus, to be split equally between his owner and trainer. Horses must compete in all three legs of the series to be eligible for the bonus. The triple is named for the parent company of Lone Star and Remington.
The Texas Mile will go as the ninth race on a 10-race program that begins at 1:35 p.m. Central. There are five allowances on the card, one of which drew multiple stakes winner Coyote Legend and another that lured Sister Ginger, the winner of the Martha Washington Stakes at Oaklawn.
Forecasters at weather.com are calling for mostly cloudy skies and a high of 78 degrees Saturday.
Van Berg, Krone, Moss at Lone Star
Jack Van Berg, Julie Krone and Maggi Moss are scheduled to be part of a gala fundraiser for Remember Me Rescue on Friday night at Lone Star Park. The event will be held in the Alysheba Room on the second floor of the grandstand. Tickets are $95 per person or $700 for a table of eight and will be available at the door, according to event organizer Donna Keen.
Keen operates Remember Me Rescue, a North Texas organization that retrains and places retired racehorses. The funds raised Friday night through a dinner and live and silent auctions will go toward the care of the horses. Last year, the group placed close to 100 retired racehorses with new owners, according to Remember Me Rescue.
Van Berg, a Hall of Fame trainer, will be the auctioneer for a catalog of items that includes a guitar autographed by a number of major country artists; a saddle signed by an all-star cast of former and current riders, such as Krone, Gary Stevens, Laffit Pincay, Chris McCarron and Pat Day; and a halter that belonged to Lava Man.
Krone, a retired Hall of Fame rider, will serve as Friday night’s host, while Moss, a prominent owner, will be the keynote speaker. The event begins with the running of the night’s first race at 6:35 p.m. Central.
Also on Friday night at Lone Star, Van Berg will be signing copies of “Jack, From Grit to Glory,” a new biography of the trainer written by Chris Kotulak. The book is $20.
Delta opens Quarter Horse meet
Delta Downs in Vinton, La., will open a 46-date meet for Quarter Horses on Friday night. The season will run through July 13.
The meet offers 28 stakes worth a cumulative $1.5 million. The richest offering will be the $200,000-added Lee Berwick Futurity, a restricted Grade 1 race for 2-year-olds bred in Louisiana. The Berwick, which last year was worth $551,055, will anchor a program of eight stakes on the closing-day card July 13.
Delta will race Wednesday through Saturday nights, with first post at 6:45 Central.
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