Lone Star Million Day has big payouts
GRAND PRAIRIE , Texas -- Start with purses that add up to $1 million, spread them over six races on Memorial Day, and that's the formula that has made Lone Star Million Day a success.
It is known as Texas' biggest day of thoroughbred racing. First post is 1:35 p.m. Monday.
The Bob Baffert-trained Game On Dude is a 6-5 favorite in the 15th running of the $300,000 Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap. The day's most lucrative race is for 3-year-olds and up on the main track at 1 1/16 miles.
Game On Dude, a 4-year-old, has winnings of $894,658 and could be the first to capture both the Handicap and the Lone Star Derby, which he won last year. Martin Garcia will ride.
An expected challenger at 2-1 is Thiskyhasnolimit trained by Steve Asmussen and owned by Bob and Cathy Zollar and Mark Wagner.
Approximate post time is 5:19 p.m.
Wasted Tears, bred, owned and trained by Bart Evans, will attempt to win the $200,000 Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff for the third straight time. The 6-year-old is a 4-5 morning line favorite and will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.
Wasted Tears is unbeaten in five races at Lone Star and has earnings of $770,598.
The $200,000 Lone Star Derby is scheduled on turf for the first time.
The Baffert-trained Uncle Sam is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Garcia will be aboard. Baffert has trained four previous Lone Star Derby winners.
The $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup, the $75,000 Valid Expectations and the $75,000 Cinemine Stakes complete Monday's million dollar lineup.
Randy Jennings covers horse racing for ESPNDallas.com.