Lone Star Deputy Wins Grand Prairie Turf

(from track report)
Lone Star Deputy waited patiently behind horses in the stretch, found a small opening on the rail inside the final eighth of a mile and powered home to win Saturday's $100,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star Park.

The 3-year-old colt, owned by Bobby Beck's Coast to Coast Racing, defeated 2002 Texas-bred Horse of the Year Leo's Last Hurrahy by a neck, running one mile on a firm turf course in 1:39.70.

Eddie Martin Jr., the hottest jockey through the first three days of the Lone Star Park meeting, rode the winner for trainer Bret Calhoun, a Grand Prairie, Texas native.

Lone Star Deputy, sent postward as the 4-1 third wagering choice, collected his second win in six starts and paid $10.20 to win.

Lone Star Deputy, a son of Silver Deputy out of the Green Dancer mare Starlight Way, settled comfortably in mid-pack during the early stages while tracking pacesetters Commander's Affair and Call Me Lefty through leisurely fractions of :24.88 and :49.12.

"The horse broke great, about a length on the lead, and I knew right then I'd be in great shape," Martin said. "I just let him fall back and had a ground saving trip."

Lone Star Deputy ranged up on the turn for home, but was blocked from the quarter pole to inside the eighth pole by the two tiring leaders.

Once a hole emerged as Commander's Affair drifted out, the Kentucky-bred darted through to prevail in the final strides.

"I was a little concerned turning for home because I really didn't have anywhere to go," Martin said. "Those final yards home were beautiful."

The $60,000 winner's share of the purse boosted Lone Star Deputy's earnings to $104,770.

Leo's Last Hurrahy, winless in four starts this year, finished a neck in front of Commander's Affair.

Calhoun put Lone Star Deputy on turf two starts back, which resulted in a win followed by a third.

"He got good on the grass in New Orleans," said Calhoun, who collected his second Lone Star Park stakes win.

"We were pretty confident coming into today. But going into the turn, he had nowhere to go and the pace in front of us wasn't that fast. Eddie did a helluva job and got through on the rail."

Martin, back at Lone Star Park after riding in Kentucky the past three seasons, topped the Lone Star Park jockey standings with seven wins through the first three days.

Calhoun, who ranked 11th nationally in races won at the start of the week, saddled his fourth winner. He is the early leader among all local trainers.

(Chart, Equibase)