07/04/2007 11:00PM

Mystery Classic slips through to score


Mystery Classic powered up the rail for a 1 3/4-length win over favorite Orphan Brigade in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Sprint on Wednesday. The five-furlong race was originally scheduled for turf, but after rain in the area it was moved to a muddy main track. Toga Too finished third, 1 1/2 lengths behind Orphan Brigade.

Mystery Classic ($5.60) sat just behind the pace, as Orphan Brigade, Joe Move, and K D King dueled through an opening quarter in 21.46 seconds. Into the stretch, Mystery Classic slipped through an opening along the inside, going on to cover the distance in 56.73.

"They parted the Red Sea for me down on the fence and off he went," said Eddie Martin Jr., who rode Mystery Classic for trainer Bob Schultz.

Schultz also trains Toga Too.

Bobby Walker Jr. was originally named to ride Mystery Classic, but fractured his collarbone in a riding accident Sunday. Martin's win Wednesday was his 23rd in a Lone Star stakes, which is a record for a rider at Lone Star.

Mystery Classic earned $30,000 for the win. He has now won 8 of 13 starts and $162,510. A 4-year-old by Mystery Storm, Mystery Classic races for his breeder, John L. Pierce II.