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Belmont Dudes: Ernie and Bernie Hit New York

Belmont Dudes: Ernie and Bernie Hit New York

Soaking in the atmosphere at the track before the Belmont Stakes (gr. I), Ernie Moody and Bernie Schiappia were on the apron the morning of June 4, hanging out with Bob Baffert, who trains their colt Game On Dude.

Mythical Power on Display

Mythical Power on Display

PORTER ON PEDIGREES, by Alan Porter

If one was inclined to follow the form book literally, there had to be few better bets in a stakes race May 9 than Mythical Power in the Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

Lone Star Announces Spring Meet

Lone Star Announces Spring Meet

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie's $400,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) highlights the Dallas-Fort Worth area racetrack's 2008 spring Thoroughbred season, which will feature 32 stakes events worth more than $3.5-million.

Brass Hat a Rarity in Racing

Brass Hat a Rarity in Racing

In a day and age when retiring graded stakes winners as 3-and 4-year-olds is the now the norm, the Thoroughbred racing industry is in desperate need of older superstars. Gutsy horses that fans can get attached to and follow for the better part of a decade.

Slew's Tizzy Pick in Lone Star Derby

A field of 10 3-year-olds was entered in Saturday's $300,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park, headed by Coolmore Lexington Stakes (gr. II) champ Slew's Tizzy and Illinois Derby (gr. II) runner-up Reporting for Duty.

Wanna Runner Runaway Winner at Lone Star

Mike Pegram's odds-on favorite Wanna Runner ran his five rivals in the $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) into the ground on the far turn and cakewalked through the stretch under Victor Espinoza for an easy win Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Wanna Runner 7-5 Choice in Lone Star Derby

The Bob Baffert-trained Wanna Runner, winner of last month's WinStar Derby, drew the inside rail and was installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Wanna Runner 7-5 Choice in Lone Star Derby

The Bob Baffert-trained Wanna Runner, winner of last month's WinStar Derby, drew the inside rail and was installed as the 7-5 morning line favorite for Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas.

Wanna Runner Arrives for Lone Star Derby

Wanna Runner, the Bob Baffert-trained winner of last month's WinStar Derby at Sunland Park, arrived at Lone Star Park Wednesday morning in anticipation of Saturday's $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III).

Southern Africa Won't Be Denied at Lone Star

Al and Saundra Kirkwood's Southern Africa took the overland route with Jon Court but proved to be much the best in winning the $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby (gr. III) for 3-year-olds Saturday in Grand Prairie, Texas. Trainer Mike Puhich says the Belmont Stakes (gr. I) could be next for the well-bred son of Cape Town.

Lone Star Notebook: Track Revises Meet Schedule

by Bernard T. Moore -- Lone Star management, with an intent on strengthening their product as the Breeders' Cup draws nearer, have elected to delay such signature events as the Stars of Texas Day for state-breds, and the $250,000 Lone Star Derby (G3) for later in the meet.

Danthebluegrassman Won't Go in Lone Star Derby

Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman won't be making the trip to Texas for this Saturday's $500,000 Lone Star Derby (gr. III), trainer Bob Baffert said on Tuesday, because the condition that forced his being scratched from the Kentucky Derby (gr. I) had not improved to the trainer's satisfaction.

Danthebluegrassman Works Toward Lone Star Derby

Mike Pegram's Danthebluegrassman, a surprise entrant in Saturday's Kentucky Derby who was scratched on the morning of the race because of a muscle problem, showed no ill effects from the problem when he worked a half-mile in :50 3/5 at Churchill Downs on Tuesday.

Committee to Make the Grades for 2002

The American Graded Stakes Committee will meet Tuesday and Wednesday in Lexington to review the grades assigned to 475 stakes in the United States, and in total will look at about 750 races that are unrestricted and carry a purse of at least $75,000.

Lone Star Park Racing: Percy Hope Upsets Fifty Stars, 'Hoover' in Lone Star Derby

With its purse ratcheted up to $500,000, its distance stretched out to 1 1/8 miles, and its date moved to a more convenient spot on the calendar, Lone Star Park's derby became a genuine prep for the famed roseate run in Kentucky. The Grand Prairie, Texas, racetrack even created a $1-million bonus, to be paid to any horse that parlays a Lone Star Derby win into a victory in any of the Triple Crown races. It was a meaningful prep indeed--an ironic one, too. Percy Hope served up generous portions of both meaning and irony. The field, which included four stakes winners, had earned $1.2 million, or an average of $154,429 per starter, more than twice as much as the field for the grade II Illinois Derby. And Percy Hope, who previously had won the Rushaway Stakes at Turfway Park, once again made winning look easy.

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