Be sure to tune to Lone Star Park on Monday to catch their eleven-race program, featuring five stakes races worth a total of $1.1 million. We'll get to see some familiar competitors from the Kentucky Derby trail (SUPER STOCK, GET HER NUMBER) plus the arguable-top sprinter in the country, C Z ROCKET who will face a fresh set of challengers when he stretches to a mile. First Post Time is 2:20 PM. Let's preview the action.
The $100K Memorial Day Sprint Stakes — 6 furlongs, Dirt, Fillies and Mares, Three-years-old and upward. Post Time is 5:19 PM CT.
MUNDAYE CALL makes the trip to Lone Star for trainer Brad Cox. The daughter of INTO MISCHIEF gets some class relief, exiting a fifth place finish in the Madison Stakes (G1) almost two months back. Jockey Joel Rosario rides her for the first time. Trainer Steve Asmussen sends out PALIO FLAG, to be ridden by Ricardo Santana Jr.. The $350k daughter of CURLIN tried the turf for the first time in her last race but was a well beaten sixth. She's back on the main track where she's got 3 wins, 2 seconds from 5 tries. AIN'T NO ELMERS for trainer W. Bret Calhoun will add blinkers for this task. She's coming off a layoff but has been training sharply — note her bullet work on May 14th going 5F in :58.00 as the fastest of 28 workouts at that distance. Gabriel Saez will ride her for the first time.
The $100K Chamberlain Bridge Stakes — 5 furlongs, Turf, Three-year-olds and upward. Post Time is 6:01 PM CT.
CHAOS THEORY is a serious player for trainer Robert Hess Jr.. The son of CURLIN earned his highest speed figure last time out in an Allowance race. He's hit the board 8 of 11 times at this five furlong assignment. SHARE THE UPSIDE for trainer Steve Asmussen will break from the two-hole. He came up empty last time out in an Optional Claiming 100K race over the main track. He's switched back to the turf where he's won 4 of 5 tries. He's reunited with regular rider Stewart Elliot. TEMPT FATE seeks his fifth consecutive win for trainer Carl J Deville. He's been working sharp and gets David Cabrera in the saddle for the first time.
The $300K Texas Derby — 1 1/16 miles, Dirt, Three-year-olds. Post Time is 6:31 PM CT.
Peter Miller sends GET HER NUMBER with jockey Florent Geroux aboard. The son of DIALED IN finished a respectable fourth in the Arkansas Derby (G1) despite a troubled trip. He'll get the chance to avenge his loss to SUPER STOCK. SUPER STOCK figures to be the one to beat. He failed to make an impact in the Kentucky Derby (G1) but is much better than he showed. Now he gets a class break and a smaller field to compete against. The talent he displayed during the Kentucky Derby trail makes him a formidable foe here. Ricardo Santana Jr. is back in the irons. RIGHTANDJUST for trainer Shane Wilson will break from the two-hole. The son of AWESOME AGAIN comes off a victory in an Allowance race over this Lone Star surface. He's 2 for 2 at this mile and one-sixteenth distance and has David Cabrera piloting him for the first time.
The $200K Ouija Board Distaff Stakes — 1 mile, Turf, Fillies and Mares, Three-year-olds and upward. Post Time is 7:03 PM CT.
RAVEN'S CRY looks tough for trainer Brad Cox breaking from the sixth slot. The daughter of RAVEN'S PASS has won two in a row since arriving in the U.S. last March, both of which were on turf and at a mile. Jockey Joel Rosario is in the saddle for the first time. SUMMER IN SARATOGA seeks her third consecutive victory for trainer Joe Sharp. The daughter of HARD SPUN unseated the rider last time out, but prior to that, she had won 4 of her last 5 races. Gabriel Saez gets the call. LAURA'S LIGHT makes the trip to Lone Star for trainer Peter Miller. She comes off a win in an Optional Claiming $62,500 race earlier this month. She's 4 for 6 at this one mile distance and gets Florent Geroux onboard for the first time.
The $400K Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3) — 1 mile, Dirt, Three-year-olds and upward. Post Time is 7:35 PM CT.
C Z ROCKET goes for his third win in a row for trainer Peter Miller. The ultra-consistent son of CITY ZIP has won 7 of his last 8 races, which were all between six and seven furlongs. He has not run in a route race in over a year, but he's fit as a fiddle. Note his sharp 5F workout in 1:00.6 as the fifth fastest of 24 works at that distance. BY MY STANDARDS for trainer W. Bret Calhoun exits a win in the Oaklawn Mile Stakes last time out, which was his seasonal debut. With that race underneath him we can expect the son of GOLDENCENTS to be sharper this time around. Regular rider Gabriel Saez is back on the saddle. SILVER PROSPECTOR for trainer Steve Asmussen will break from the rail. The son of DECLARATION OF WAR earned a new top speed figure last time out in the Oaklawn Handicap (G2) despite finishing sixth. He's already a winner at this Grade 3 level, and is reunited with Ricardo Santana Jr. to try and get the job done.