GRAND PRAIRIE, TX – Winchell Thoroughbreds’ Adore settled comfortably early, storing enough energy to unleash when it counted late to run tough from gate to wire and win Monday’s inaugural running of the $100,000 Lone Star Park Turf Stakes.
Breaking from post 8 under Richard Eramia at 7/2 odds, Adore was able to clear her inner foes heading toward the clubhouse turn and raced a lane off of the rail through fractions of :23.34, :47.07, and 1:10.71. Blessed Again had been closest in pursuit early but was unable to keep pace off of the turn when Eramia opened up Adore.
Rallying down the lane from midpack came the 3/5 favorite Sensitive, but Adore dug deep and fought back. Giving everything she had, the Steve Asmussen trainee crossed with a neck advantage in a final time of 1:34.65 for the mile-long event over the firm turf course.
Terra’s Angel ran along the inside throughout but lacked the needed kick to improve from third. Santino was slow at the start but managed to get up late for fourth over Roussalka. Behind her came Texas Belle, a weakened Blessed Again, and Hay Flo to complete the order of finish. Create a Star was scratched.
Adore’s win was her third in a stakes event, having taken both the $75,000 Spotted Horse Stakes over the Evangeline Downs main track and the $75,000 Ricks Memorial Stakes on the Remington Park lawn in 2018. The 6-year-old daughter of Big Brown improved her record to 23-11-1-5 with $500,924 earned.
Adore returned $9.40 to win, $3.20 to place, and $2.20 to show. Sensitive brought back $2.20 to place and $2.10 to show, while Terra’s Angel paid $4.20 to show.