06/27/2012 5:04PM

Lone Star Park notes: Lillie Abbie, romping winner, to make turf start


Lillie Abbie, who was an 11-length winner on Lone Star Park’s main track in her last start June 15, will make a rare appearance on turf in Friday night’s eighth race, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at seven and a half furlongs. Lillie Abbie will be moving back into open company after winning a first-level allowance against Texas-breds with a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 81.

“She’s run well on the grass before,” said Karl Broberg, who trains Lillie Abbie for Country Gold Equine. “If she gets a good trip, I think she should run real well in this spot.”

Broberg said the addition of blinkers, as well as the move into a “softer” allowance condition, were factors that contributed to Lillie Abbie’s big effort last time out. She will break from post 4 in the field of 12 on Friday, and is to be ridden by Glen Murphy.

◗ Gary Reckner, the head clocker at Lone Star, will be the track’s guest at a Saturday morning fan education program on the apron. It begins at 8:30 a.m. The event is free, and following a question and answer segment with Reckner, there will be a barn tour of Lone Star. The morning session will be hosted by the track’s announcer, John Lies.