Updated on 09/15/2011 12:26PM

Turf race next for Hallowed Dreams


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Hallowed Dreams, who won her first start outside of Louisiana last month when she captured the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes at Lone Star Park, is scheduled to return to the track for the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes on Saturday, said trainer Lloyd Romero.

The five-furlong turf race for fillies and mares is also expected to draw Sweet and Firm, who finished second, beaten 2 1/2 lengths by Hallowed Dreams, in the Valid Expectations.

"If we can run on firm turf, we'll go," said Romero, also the co-owner of Hallowed Dreams, who is based at Evangeline Downs in Lafayette, La. "So, unless it pours down rain, we're coming."

Hallowed Dreams, a winner of 22 races in 23 starts, breezed four furlongs in a bullet 46 seconds last Saturday at Evangeline Downs. The second fastest move at the distance was a 49.20 seconds. "She worked handily, and she did it with her turf shoes on," said Romero.

Hallowed Dreams has raced on turf just once, winning a five-furlong optional claiming race at Louisiana Downs by eight lengths in a blazing 55.71 seconds, just .31 seconds off the course record.

"I think she handles the turf just as well as the [main track]," said Romero.

Sylvester Carmouche has the mount Saturday.

Half-sister to Point Given debuts

Point Gained, a half-sister to Preakness and Belmont Stakes winner Point Given, will make her career debut in the sixth race Wednesday night for trainer Steve Asmussen. The filly is a daughter of Grade 1 Hopeful Stakes winner Hennessy, and like Point Given races for The Thoroughbred Corp. Point Given, a winner of $2,468,500, is a son of Thunder Gulch.

Point Gained faces 11 others in her 5 1/2-furlong race, which is worth $27,000. Others making their debuts in the race include Heavenly Hindu, a half-sister to the Grade 2-placed Proudest Romeo who has been working sharp for trainer Cole Norman, and Storm Cell, who races for the owner-trainer team of Tom Durant and Ronny Werner, who sent out five debut winners this spring at Keeneland.

In her final prep for her debut, Point Gained breezed three furlongs in 36.80 seconds last Sunday at Lone Star. She will be ridden by Corey Lanerie.

Lanerie, Ardoin in Championship

Lanerie and Ronald Ardoin will be the local representatives in Friday night's National Thoroughbred Racing Association All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star. The four-race competition has raised more than $420,000 for the Jockeys' Guild Disabled Riders Fund since it was first staged in 1997.

The other jockeys set to compete are Pat Day and Jerry Bailey, who were elected through a new online poll, and Laffit Pincay Jr., Earlie Fires, Jorge Chavez, David Flores, Edgar Prado, Robby Albarado, Aaron Gryder, and Tyler Baze.

Patrons can bet on which jockey will win the competition through the annual All-Star Wager. The winner is determined using a point system awarded for finishes in the four races. In other activities Friday, Shane Sellers, the 1998 Jockey Championship winner who is recovering from a knee injury, is scheduled to perform in concert and a luncheon will honor Bill Hartack, who rode five Kentucky Derby winners, a record shared with Eddie Arcaro.

*In the featured eighth race Wednesday night, Lady Virginia makes her first start since she was beaten a neck by Hattiesburg in the $75,000 Wafare Farm Stakes at Lone Star on May 19. Lady Virginia, a 3-year-old, faces older rivals in the six-furlong optional claiming race for fillies and mares, which carries a purse of $33,000.

*A concert by rising country music artist Pat Green last Friday night helped Lone Star draw a meet-high crowd of 21,157. It was the seventh highest attendance in track history behind the record 33,805 on July 3, 2000.