05/12/2012 6:26PM

Lone Star Park: Quinonez's five wins include sweep of Texas Stallion Stakes

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Im a Bear, one of five winners on day for jockey Luis Quinonez, outfinishes stablemate Perfect Meadow in the fillies division of the the Texas Stallion Stakes.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jockey Luis Quinonez swept both divisions of the $75,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park on Saturday, guiding Boca Bay to a half-length win against fellow colts and geldings, then returning to take the fillies side of the 1 1/16-mile race with Im a Bear.

Im a Bear ($6.20) stalked the pace in fourth, with Cowgirl N Up setting early fractions of 23.56 seconds for the opening quarter and 48.48 for the half-mile. Im a Bear’s stablemate, Perfect Meadow, took over through six furlongs in 1:13.62, but could not hold off the stretch run of Im a Bear, who drove to a three-quarter length win over her stablemate. It was another 8 1/2 lengths back in third to Cowgirl N Up. Im a Bear covered the distance on a track rated fast in 1:45.68. 

“I had never been on this horse,” Quinonez said of the Jack Bruner-trained Im a Bear. “So he told me to go do your magic, and the magic worked!”

The win in the fillies division was one of five on the card for Quinonez, who also took the opener with Early M ($2.80), the third with Epic Match ($7.20), and the eighth with Lee’s South ($8.60).

Tom Durant owns both Im a Bear and Perfect Meadow, both daughters of Touch Tone.

In the colts and geldings division, Boca Bay tracked a pedestrian-like pace, and then held off surging favorite Sword Trick to win the first stakes race of his career. He won by a half-length over Sword Trick, while it was another five lengths back in third to Boca Bay’s entrymate, Patchwork. 

 

Boca Bay ($7.80) went wide into the first turn of the 1 1/16-milemile  race, and settled in second behind Street Life Blues, who was allowed to dictate fractions of 24.61 for the opening quarter, 50.62 for the half-mile, and 1:16.18 for six furlongs. Boca Bay drew even with the pacesetter nearing the quarter pole, took the lead into the stretch, and then fought off Sword Trick, who put in a bid up the rail. Boca Bay covered the distance on a track upgraded to fast in 1:46.98.

 

W.S. Farish owns Boca Bay, a son of Too Much Bling who earned $45,000 for his win Saturday.