Trainer Dallas Keen, right, saddled two winners in Sunday’s Summer Turf Festival at Lone Star Park
Sunday’s Summer Turf Festival at Lone Star Park saw trainer Dallas Keen send out the winners of the first two legs of the all-stakes all-turf pick four. First it was Nancy L. Lock’s My Boanerges winning the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Sprint, a five furlong contest, under jockey Rodolfo Guerra. The 5-yr-old son of Diabolical claimed his second stakes victory here at Lone Star Park this meet, adding to his victory in the $100,000 Chamberlain Bridge Stakes in the slop after it was switched to the main course after monsoon like rains on Memorial Day.
In what was close to a repeat performance, My Boanerges ($8.40) dueled for the early lead then shook clear in the turn. He was asked passed the furlong marker and responded well to keep second place finisher and favorite, Archidust, who broke in the air, at bay by three quarters of a length. Share the Upside got the show followed by Seven Scents and Quarky. Bob’s Bad Boy was a late scratch.
Final time was :55.68 seconds on a firm turf course.
Again trainer Dallas Keen sent Tony Crognale and Fred Dullano’s Curlin’s Journey ($4.60) out for the win in the $75,000 Wasted Tears Stakes, a mile & a sixteenth turf contest for fillies & mares, 3-yr-olds & up. This 6-yr-old daughter of Curlin was well reserved early on the backstretch, advanced on the far turn, roused passed the furlong marker, responding well to get clear in the final sixteenth. Luis Quinonez was aboard for the two-length victory.
Valentine’s Day proved to be no match late for the winner, but was clearly second best. Brandon’s Babe rallied late for show. In fourth place was Tizahra followed by Zamzam, Needs No Alibi and Elle’s Town completed the order.
Final time was 1:42.16. Fractions were 24.32, 48.84, 1:12.23 and 1:36.24.
The $75,000 Chicken Fried Stakes for fillies & mares, 3-yr-olds & up at five furlongs on turf was won by favorite, Yes It’s Ginger owned by Brilliant Racing LLC and trained by Gregory D. Foley.
With Reylu Gutierrez in the irons, Yes It’s Ginger ($7.60) a 5-yr-old daughter of Yes It’s True, vied inside for the early lead, made a bid leaving the turn to get clear then drew off in the final sixteenth to win by four lengths over a game Uptownblingithome in second. Canoodling finished well to gain third followed by Stormieis Blue, Ima Discreet Lady, A Bit of Both, Raintree Starlet and Quick Quick Quick.
Final time was :55.69 seconds.
The final stake on the card was the $75,000 Singletary Stakes, a mile and an eighth turf contest for 3-yr-olds & up.
Carson McCord’s Artie’s Rumor, trained by Ron Moquett was the winner of the Singletary. Claimed for $40,000 at Churchill last month, this proved the perfect spot for his first start with his new connections. It was his first ever trip to Lone Star Park and it suited him well.
Artie’s Rumor ($14.00) with David Cabrera up, settled back early, moved out four wide down the backstretch to be clear, made a move on the turn while still four wide and continued through the stretch to prove best by two and three quarters of a length at the wire. Hard Attack rallied well for second and Carlea’s Dream hung late. But was able to save third. Fourth place finisher was Henley’s Joy, then Don’task Don’ttell, favorite Me and Mr. C, Colloquist and Tapit Wise completed the running order. Popular Kid was a late scratch.
Final time for the distance was 1:48.05 behind fractions of 24.57, 48.31, 1:11.95 and 1:36.06.
Live racing resumes Monday with an eight race card. Gates open at 1 p.m. General Admission is free! First race post time is 2:35 p.m.
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