Tempting Date Hard to Ignore in Lone Star Turf Stakes

Tempting Date, the stakes-winning 5-year-old mare who easily won a five-furlong turf allowance at Lone Star Park on June 7, could be the horse to beat for Saturday's $50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes.

The five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares -- formerly known as the City of Arlington Stakes (1997-99) and Miller Lite Stakes (2000-06) -- highlights the weekend action at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's 16-week Spring Thoroughbred meet.

Owned by Adam and Paul Lewis, Tempting Date has won seven of her 13 career starts and $303,818, including the 2005 California Cup Distaff Handicap. After winning the $50,000 Czaria Handicap at Sunland Park on April 29, red-hot trainer Chris Hartman, who has won with 30% of his Lone Star Park starters (15-for-50) since May 10, used the June 7 race at Lone Star as a springboard to Saturday's stakes engagement. A repeat performance of her 1 1/2-length score over Heres a Memory in :56.45 over "good" going would make the Cal-bred daughter of Perfect Mandate tough to beat. She's 5-2 on the morning line.

The actual favorite at 2-1 -- also with a California connection -- is the Adam Kitchingman-trained Indian Breeze, arriving Thursday from her Santa Anita base. The winner of the 2005 Landaluce Stakes at Hollywood Park won a five-furlong turf sprint at Bay Meadows in her last start 198 days ago on Dec. 6. Overall, the 4-year-old daughter of Indian Charlie has won four of eight starts and $150,680.

Other starters are multiple stakes winner Annie Savoy, second level allowance winner Cape Sunset, first level allowance winner Most Beautiful, Louisiana invader Ruby's Grand Slam, and Valid Expectations Stakes third-place finisher Yo Fanci.

$50,000 Nevill/Kyocera Stakes (Race 9, 5:15 p.m.), Fillies & Mares 3 & Up, 5 Furlongs (Turf)
PP. Horse, Jockey, Weight, ML Odds
1. Prospectors Spirit (KY), Bryan McNeil, 116, 30/1
2. Cape Sunset (KY), Bobby J. Walker, Jr., 116, 15/1
3. Annie Savoy (TX), Larry Taylor, 120, 15/1
4. Yo Fanci (OK), Justin Shepherd, 116, 4/1
5. Heres a Memory (OK), Glen Murphy, 116, 15/1
6. Indian Breeze (KY), M. Clifton Berry, 118, 2/1
7. Seneca Song (TX), Richard E. Eramia, 116, 8/1
8. Ruby's Grand Slam (KY), Filemon T. Rodriguez, 120, 12/1
9. Tempting Date (CA), Ramsey Zimmerman, 120, 5/2
10. Most Beautiful (FL), Eguard Tejera, 116, 15/1

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