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Lone Star Futurities 2005

Dreamfield's Love Me Dew wins the filly division, and Southern Arabian Racing's Tour De France wins in the colts/geldings challenge

photos by Jack Coady: Love Me Dew wins the filly division; below: Tour De France wins the colts/geldings division

$20,425 Lone Star Futurity, Colts/Geldings
Tour De France goes wire to wire

On December 10 at Sam Houston Race Park, Tour De France surprised the bettors in a bit of an upset. This bay colt smoked the three favorites as he shot out first from the gates and held the lead the whole race. Tour De France drew clear by 4 lengths in the stretch, when Maxisumus snuck up with a very fast finish, and nearly caught him at the wire. Thermonuclear, favorite with his coupled entry Thoroughbred, finished well for third.

The Arabian colt named Thoroughbred didn't fair as the tote board had hoped and expected. There was a near wreck in midstretch where he was in tight. Koiree was racing three wide on the turn and lugged in, and Rudy CS was forced into the rail. Makzarpone missed this action since he had been chasing the pace, and though he tired a bit he ran 4th. The replay was examined by the stewards, and Koiree was disqualified from fifth to last place for interference.

Tour De France was well worthy of his win, already stakes placed from Delaware in this year's Alec Courtelis Juvenile Stake. He is a son of Bengali D' Albret, and out of the stakes-winning Wiking daughter named Rein Danse.

Jockey Helen Vanek kept Tour De France driving in this 6 furlong race, to finish in a quick 1:19.57. “He did really well,” commented Vanek. “I knew I had to get out of the gate because he has some issues with dirt in his face. I knew I had to get him out of the gate and in the front, and hope he’d run his best; and he sure did.”

Tour De France was bred in Florida by Trackside Farm, and is trained by Trackside's Loren Nicols. The colt is owned (leased) by Southern Arabian racing. Nichols was all cheers in the winner’s circle, “She did great. Helen is just wonderful. We plan to ship (Tour De France) to California for a few big races and then back to Delaware.”

Tour De France at his 8-1 odds paid $17.80, and the bettor interest in this race was dramatic with over $150,000 wagered.

written by Corliss Hazard, with credit for interview comments to Martha Claussen, Director of Publicity and Media Relations, Sam Houston Race Park

Phone: 281-807-8771
Email: mclaussen@shrp.com

Love Me Dew Does It
in the $20,000 Lone Star Arabian Futurity

(Saturday, December 10, 2005 – Sam Houston Race Park, Houston, Texas) - Sam Houston Race Park witnessed a great fan turnout on the crisp, clear December night to watch the 2005 Texas Lone Star Futurities for Fillies. Eight three-year-old fillies from Texas and both coasts found a good start from the gates running for their share of the $20,075 purse awaiting the top finishers in the 6 furlong stakes.

The favorite, with a record of 1/6(2-1-1)0-2 $23,540, Cou De Ta, a Wiking daughter out of the Djelfor daughter, Zeralda Josniere, was in first breaking from the gate quickly battling Brookes Princess in second place at the quarter pole. By the ½ mile marker Love Me Dew was settling in at third with the Calin du Louve filly, Loup du Loup, in first and Cou De Tau falling to second. The bay Chndaka-sired filly, Love Me Dew, moved closer four wide of the front runners on the turn, taking the lead in the stretch. Love Me Dew proved the best winning by a length and a half ahead of Loup du Loup in second and Cou De Ta in third.

Love Me Dew’s winning time was 1:19.91. She was ridden to victory under the very capable guidance of jockey, Gregorio Rivera of Delaware Park.

Love Me Dew is the first of her French sire’s (Chndaka) U.S. foal crop to race this year and his first U.S. stakes winner. Her dam, Sonoma Dew, is by the Arabian Racing Hall of Fame, Darley Champion, stakes producing sire, Sam Tiki and out of the Darley Champion, Racing Hall of Fame mare, Shawna Dew. She was bred by Mickey and Michelle Morgan of Mandolynn Hill Farm in Aubrey, Texas, where Chndaka stands. Love Me Dew is a Texas Accredited-Bred racehorse.

Although Love Me Dew’s outstanding performance is partially credited to her royal racing Arabian bloodlines, no less credit goes to her trainer Lynnette Hershbell and assistant trainer, Mike Worth. This team not only led to Love Me Dew’s winning performance, but also the second place finishers in both Race 5 and Race 7 on the evening’s card, the filly and colt division of the Texas Lone Star Futurities.

Love Me Dew is owned by Dreamfield Arabian Racehorses, Inc. of Dallas, Texas, a breeding and racing program owned by Darla and Charles Ripley.

The other competitive fillies in order of finish are; Sandytiki, Theatre, Brookes Princess, Xoala and Bint Baskette.

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