06/14/2013 3:12PM

Lone Star Park: Landeros returning to his Southwest roots


Jockey Chris Landeros has come home. Well, sort of.

Landeros is a California native, but he considers the Southwest region home and on Sunday he will be back riding at Lone Star Park near Dallas for the first time this season. And when the meet wraps July 6, Landeros said he will head to Remington Park in Oklahoma City to prepare for the season that starts Aug. 16.

Landeros, 24, invades from Indiana Downs, where through Thursday he ranked second in the standings in mount earnings, with $518,481, and third in wins, with 23. He has three mounts Sunday at Lone Star, where he won the riding title in 2009 and 2010.

“I have family in the area, and I figured I’d come back and be closer to them,” Landeros said. “It’s just coming home. It was a tough decision for me, to be honest. Should I stay in Indiana and work my way into Kentucky? This felt like the right move for me, not only on the track, but off the track.”

Landeros, who said he has siblings who live in Dallas and Oklahoma City, is looking at the final three weeks of the Lone Star meet as something of a “working vacation” for him before he settles in for the near five-month season at Remington. He said he is looking forward to seeing old friends in Texas, and playing in a charity softball doubleheader with other Lone Star jockeys on Tuesday night. The softball event is a fundraiser for the Permanently Disabled Jockey Fund, and it will be held at the Texas Rangers youth field in Arlington.

“I love participating in it,” said Landeros, whose jockey team will take on the employees of Lone Star.

Landeros was to ride at Indiana Downs on Saturday night, among his mounts was the Tom Amoss-trained Free World in the $200,000 Centaur.

Through Thursday, Landeros had 972 career wins, 28 victories shy of the 1,000-win milestone he anticipates reaching at Remington.

Stakes next for Drinking Fund

Drinking Fund, the $5,000 claim who won her sixth consecutive race Thursday at Louisiana Downs, will be returning to the stakes ranks for her next start, owner and trainer Joey Foster said. Drinking Fund won the first stakes race of her career last month at Louisiana Downs in the $50,000 Honeymoon. She took an optional $10,000 claimer at the track Thursday to extend a win streak that began last December at Delta Downs.

“She pulled another one off,” Foster said.

Foster said Drinking Fund is now being pointed to the $100,000 Louisiana Legends Distaff at Evangeline Downs on July 6. The mile and 70-yard race for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares will be on the main track, and while Drinking Fund has been racing on turf at Louisiana Downs, she is a multiple winner on dirt. Down the line, Foster said Drinking Fund is a candidate to return to the Louisiana Downs turf course for the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Distaff, a 1 1/16-mile race for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares Aug. 17.

Wasted Tears sibling at Lone Star

Que Deseo, a half-brother to the retired multiple Grade 2-winning mare Wasted Tears, seeks his third win over the Lone Star turf course in Sunday’s seventh race. The one-mile allowance for 3-year-olds and up also drew Formaggio, who was most recently third in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Que Deseo last raced June 1 and was third by a length in an optional $40,000 claimer at Lone Star. The start was his first since October. Cliff Berry has the mount on the 7-year-old Que Deseo.

Rainbow trials over two days

Ruidoso Downs in New Mexico plans to conduct two days of trials for this year’s Rainbow Futurity for Quarter Horses, a Grade 1 race that will have a record purse of $1 million when it is run July 21. The dates of the trials will be July 4-5.

This will be the first time Ruidoso has run two trial dates for the Rainbow. The five fastest qualifiers from each trial date will advance to the finale. The decision was made at the request of owners, and after 25 trials were run for this year’s Ruidoso Futurity, on a nine-hour program that began at 10 a.m. and continued after 7 p.m.

◗ Sam Houston Race Park in Houston will simulcast the Royal Ascot meet from England that starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday in response to requests from patrons. The track will open its gates at 8 a.m. Central each morning for the races, which are scheduled to begin a half-hour later. Saturday, a brunch featuring English cuisine will be offered at $12.95. Admission to the track is free.

◗ Honoring Andretti? Mario A, a 4-year-old by Indy Talent, won his debut June 7 at Lone Star. He meets winners for the first time Sunday, in the ninth race at Lone Star.

◗ Jockey Glen Murphy won four of the eight races run Thursday night at Lone Star.