It was a muddy affair on Memorial Day at Lone Star Park. Rain and thunder caused delays in getting through the card, but the races ultimately got off the ground! Here's the recap.
The $100K Memorial Day Sprint Stakes was won by OUR IRIS ROSE, ridden by Richard Eramia, trained by Todd Fincher, Owned by Joe R. Peacock Jr. — with a driving finish, at odds of 23-1!
OUR IRIS ROSE broke out on top for Richard Eramia but conceded the lead to track in second place, through opening quarters of 22.70 and 45.34, set by AIN'T NO ELMERS. Turning for home, OUR IRIS ROSE seized the lead and dashed for home, holding off the late charges by MUNDAYE CALL, who ran second, and AIN'T NO ELMERS, who tired to third. The final time for the six furlongs over the mud was 1:10.27.
OUR IRIS ROSE paid $48.40 to win, $8.00 to place, and $5.00 to show. She is by GHOSTZAPPER out of ROSE'S DESERT by DESERT GOD. She took home her first stakes win, pushing her earnings to $169,837, while achieving a top new speed figure to shoe.
The $100K Chamberlain Bridge Stakes was won by MY BOANERGES, ridden by Rodolfo Guerra, trained by Dallas Keen, owned by Nancy L. Lock — in a decisive score, edging away late.
MY BOANERGES flew out the gate and was immediately engaged by SHARE THE UPSIDE to her inside. The two of them pushed the tempo of 22.25 and 44.90 for opening splits. As they turned for home, MY BOANERGES got on even terms with the leader before charging on by, and then drawing off in deep stretch for the win. SHARE THE UPSIDE hung on for second, TEXAS WEDGE ran third. The final time for the five furlongs over the slop was :57.34.
MY BOANERGES paid $11.20 to win, $4.80 to place, and $3.40 to show. He is by DIABOLICAL out of RULES LIKE A GIRL by ROMAN RULER. He has successfully finished in the money in all 10 lifetime starts, pushing his earnings to $228,670, while achieving a new top speed figure into the bargain.
The $300K Texas Derby was won by WARRANT, ridden by Joel Rosario, trained by Brad Cox, owned by Twin Creek Racing Stables, LLC — with a determined rally.
WARRANT broke well but was caught wide into the first turn for jockey Joel Rosario, while DREAMER'S DISEASE led the field through quarters of 23.48 and 47.15. They raced through the backstretch strung out by about twelve lengths. WARRANT commenced his rally from the three-path and swung four-wide into the stretch, with three horses still in front of him. But Joel Rosario got to work, lengthened his colt's stride, and charged by their rivals in deep stretch for the win. It was a half-length back to Mr. WIRELESS in second, then a head back to RIGHTANDJUST in third. The final time for the one mile and one-sixteenth over the slop was 1:45.03.
WARRANT paid $7.80 to in, $4.20 to place, and $3.20 to show. He is CONSTITUTION out of WHISPER NUMBER by FIRST SAMURAI. The lightly raced colt has hit the board in all five tries, pushed his earnings to $294,700, and achieved his highest speed figure to date.
The $200K Ouija Board Distaff Stakes was won by LAURA'S LIGHT, ridden by Florent Geroux, trained by Peter Miller, owned by Gary Barber — in a commanding score.
LAURA'S LIGHT was hustled from the rail by Florent Geroux, but was content to sit one length off of pacesetter RAVEN'S CRY, who showed the way through opening fractions of 24.14 and 47.47. With three furlongs to go, Florent Geroux asks for more runs and LAURA'S LIGHT responds instantly, taking command entering the stretch, full of run, and then opening up by four lengths into the wire. RAVEN'S CRY finished second, CURLIN'S JOURNEY ran third. The final time for the one mile on dirt listed as sloppy was 1:38.07.
LAURA'S LIGHT paid $3.60 to win, $2.20 to place, and $2.10 to show. She is by CONSTITUTION out of LIGHT OF A STAR by MUQTARIB. She wins her second consecutive race and pushes her earnings to $471,770.
The $400K Steve Sexton Mile Stakes (G3) was won by MO MOSA, ridden by Ramon Vazquez, trained by Michael Maker, owned by Perry Martin and Denise Martin — in an upset at 23-1!
MO MOSA broke evenly for Ramon Vazquez and raced in third along the three-path, just two lengths off of pacesetter HUNKA BURNING LOVE, who opened the quarters in 24.70 and 47.83. MO MOSA continued a three-wide trip along the backside before ranging up to be within striking distance as they hit the stretch. He's then roused by Ramon Vazquez for more speed, forges past C Z ROCKET, and then draws off to win by three lengths at the line. C Z ROCKET held on for second, SILVER PROSPECTOR got up for third. The final time for the one mile over the slop was 1:37.15.
MO MOSA paid $48.60 to win, $14.80 to place, and $8.20 to show. He is by UNCLE MO out of ROUGHING by ESKENDEREYA. He earns his first graded stakes victory, pushes his earnings to $453,875, and achieves a new top speed figure.