Lone Star Park Names Hall of Fame Picks
Updated: Monday, June 16, 2008 4:15 PM
Posted: Sunday, June 15, 2008 5:08 PM
(from Lone Star Park)
Photo: Anne M. Eberhardt
Clarence Scharbauer, along with his wife Dorothy, are part of the 2008 Lone Star Park Hall of Fame class.
Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer, L. William (Bill) and Corinne Heiligbrodt, and Dixie Dot Com will comprise the second class of inductees into the Lone Star Park Hall of Fame, the track announced June 15.
Dixie Dot Com was owned by Don and Carole Chaiken, and Bart and Ronelle Heller.
On July 12, Stars of Texas Day, the newest members of Lone Star Park's Hall of Fame will be honored in a special winner's circle presentation.
"We are extremely pleased to welcome our newest members to the Lone Star Park Hall of Fame," said Drew Shubeck, Lone Star Park's president and general manager . "During the first 12 years of Lone Star Park's existence, they have significantly distinguished themselves at both Lone Star Park and in Texas horse racing."
Clarence and Dorothy Scharbauer owned Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame member Alysheba and five Quarter Horse champions.
Scharbauer's family owned both 1959 Kentucky Derby (gr. I) winner Tomy Lee and Alysheba, who won that historic race in 1987 in the colors of his wife, Dorothy. Alysheba went on to win that year's Preakness Stakes (gr. I) and earned an Eclipse Award as the year's champion 3-year-old male. The following season, Alysheba won a number of major stakes, culminating in his victory in the Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I). Nicknamed "America's Horse," Alysheba was named 1988 Horse of the Year and champion older horse and retired as the world's richest racehorse.
Scharbauer established Valor Farm in 1991 on 393 acres in the rolling hills of Denton County.
Bill and Corinne Heiligbrodt began racing Thoroughbreds in 1988 through various partnerships and today own one of the most prolific stables in the country.
Heiligbrodt Stable races in most of the country for trainer Steve Asmussen. Bill has a particular fondness for 2-year-old racing and breeds and races many juveniles. From 1999 through 2007, the Heiligbrodts have won 11 juvenile stakes at Lone Star Park. The couple has owned all or part of more than 80 stakes winners, of which 35 were graded stakes winners.
They own Palacios Farm in Texas, where the majority of the stable's yearlings and 2-year-olds are raised.
As a 6-year-old in 2001, Dixie Dot Com became the only horse in history to sweep the Texas Mile (gr. III) and Lone Star Handicap in his only two appearances at Lone Star Park.
An eight-time winner in 23 lifetime starts, Dixie Dot Com earned $1,332,775 while finishing in the money 15 times over a five-year career. Included in those 23 starts for the son of Dixie Brass were 16 graded stakes, where he finished in the top three on 10 occasions.
Dixie Dot Com's first two graded stakes wins came at Santa Anita exactly one year apart on Jan. 16, 1999 in the San Fernando Breeders' Cup (gr. II) as a 4-year-old and the San Pasqual Handicap (gr. II) a year later.
These newest inductees join the 14 members of the first class enshrined a year ago when the Hall of Fame was established during Lone Star Park's 10th season.
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