Giant Gizmo wins the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day May 26.

Giant Gizmo wins the Lone Star Handicap (gr. III), the feature race on Lone Star Million Day May 26.

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Frank Stronach’s Giant Gizmo landed a third consecutive score and proved his affinity for the 1 1/16-mile distance when he took control of the $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (gr. III) (VIDEO) and rolled home a solid winner in Texas May 26.
The feature race of Lone Star Million Day, which offered six stakes worth a combined $1.1 million, the Lone Star drew a field of eight that included grade III winner Zanjero and grade II winner Cowtown Cat. But Giant Gizmo was definitely the strongest horse in the field, especially with a recent victory in the May 2 Alysheba Stakes (gr. III) at Churchill Downs on his side.
Fifth at the start under Garrett Gomez, Giant Gizmo rated well in fourth behind a pace set by the Steve Asmussen-trained Encaustic and the close-up One Lucky Buck and Beta Capo. After a quarter in :23.31 and a half in :46.86, the 4-year-old son of Giant's Causeway  moved up to second as Encaustic went three-quarters in 1:10.39. Giant Gizmo took over at the head of the stretch and drew away to win by two lengths in a final time of 1:43.01.    
Five of the Bobby Frankel trainee’s six career wins have now come at 1 1/16 miles. His other win was a record-setting score in a Dec. 30 allowance over Santa Anita’s Cushion Track when he went a mile in 1:34.59 to win by three lengths.
Sent off at odds of 6-5 in the Lone Star Park Handicap, Giant Gizmo returned $4.40, $2.80, and $2.80 while Zanjero brought $2.40 and $2.10 under Shaun Bridgmohan and Stella Mark paid $4 with Brice Blanc.
Bred in Kentucky by Adena Springs, out of the Hansel mare Golden Antigua, Giant Gizmo has a 6-1-1 record from 11 starts, with earnings of $508,685.
Also featured on Lone Star Million Day were the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup (gr. IIIT)(VIDEO) for older horses and the $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap (gr. IIIT)(VIDEO) for older females. Both were won by  closers. Robert Tjosvold’s Church Service made a late bid from the 3/16 pole to claim the 1 1/8-mile Turf Cup by a nose while Pin Oak Stable’s Brownie Points advanced six wide to clear her 10 competitors in the one-mile Ouija Board by 1 ¾ lengths.  
A 5-year-old Pulpitgelding trained by Mike Mitchell, Church Service returned $7.80, $3.40, and $3.20 under jockey Brice Blanc after winning in a final time of 1:50.54. Brownie Points, a 5-year-old daughter of Forest Wildcat trained by Donnie Von Hemel, paid $10, $5.40, and $3 under Luis Quinonez as she went in 1:35.82.

(Lone Star Park Handicap Chart, Equibase)
(Dallas Turf Cup Chart, Equibase)
(Ouija Board Distaff Handicap Chart, Equibase)