Seven purses total more than $1 million
GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Lone Star Park will again celebrate Memorial Day by turning it into Texas' richest day of thoroughbred racing.
Lone Star Million
The Lone Star Park Handicap (5:47 p.m. CT) is the last of seven stakes races on an 11-race card to comprise the Lone Star Million on Monday:
Race 5: $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff (G3)
Race 6: $75,000 Valid Expectations
Race 7: $100,000 USA Stakes
Race 8: $100,000 Cinemine Stakes
Race 9: $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup
Race 10: $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap (G3)
Notes: First post time is 1:35 p.m. CT. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. Fans are invited to meet WinStar Farms owner Bill Casner, who will sign free color prints of Kentucky Derby winner Super Saver.
Seven stakes races for combined purses of more than $1 million are on Monday's card, highlighted by the $300,000 Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap.
The trainer-jockey combination of Bob Baffert and Martin Garcia has already produced wins in two of Lone Star's biggest races this spring -- the Texas Mile and the Lone Star Derby. Fresh off combining to win the Preakness Stakes, the twosome will combine again with Peachtree Stables' 4-year-old colt Mythical Power, the Texas Mile winner.
The field of eight that will go 1 1/16 miles on dirt also includes Euroears and Fifteen Love. They finished second and third, respectively, in the Texas Mile. Euroears, trained by Lone Star's meet-leading Bret Calhoun, finished a neck behind Mythical Power in that race on April 24.
Awesome Gem, a 7-year-old gelding trained by Craig Dollase, has lifetime winnings of $1.9 million. Regular rider David Flores gets the mount.