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La Estrellita Ranch Arabian Stake at Lone Star Park

sponsored by: Ray and Jane Teutsch of La Estrellita Ranch. Ray and Jane Teutsch have been breeding and racing horses for 28 years with great results. They own not only La Estrellita Ranch in Texas, but the well established Soaring Eagle Ranch in Colorado. The Teutschs are active participants in Arabian racing in both states. Ray Teutsch current serves on the Board of Directors for Texas Arabian Breeders Association, and for the association in Colorado.

WINNER Le Fromage
FMR Grande Jete x Pebles, by Eldans Tiki Pi
Gail Murphy / Joseph & Rose Marie Tripi Charles Fletcher, Jr. / Helen Shelley
Second Frynge Benefit
Dormane x Fryga,
by Wielki Raz
Dennis & Paulette Hughes / Dianne Waldron

Kathleen Garner / Elizabeth Brand

Third Buddy Of Mine
Virgule Al Maury x Alite Shock,
by Wiking
Michael Economopolous / Godolphin Racing

Rita Helton / Billy Lewis

LE FROMAGE Surges to Lead in Stretch Then Holds off Frynge Benefit to win by the bob of a Head

OCTOBER 17, 2009 - LONE STAR PARK - Gail Murphy’s Le Fromage, trained by Helen Shelley and ridden by Charles Fletcher, Jr., took the lead at the sixteenth pole then barely held off second-place finisher Frynge Benefit to win the 2nd Running of the $9,000 Estrellita Ranch Arabian Stakes, for Arabian colts and geldings, 3-years-old and up, over a fast track at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

Le Fromage, an 11-year-old gelding, raced well back in the field behind fractions of 25.59, 50.91 and 1:19.65 before making a six-wide move around the turn to take a ½-length lead deep in the stretch then held off the late charge of the runner up Frynge Benefit. Le Fromage covered the mile distance in 1:49.50

The win improved Le Fromage’s career record to 22 wins from 94 starts and increased his career earnings to $177,071.

Second-place finisher Frynge Benefit made a late move in the final yards of the race but came up a head short of the winner. It was another 2 ¾ lengths back to Buddy of Mine in third. Moulin Rouge MAF, Ala About Me, By Golly Sand, Filsd Croixnoire, Bush Hog, Qjuick Sand PW, Golly Bret, NC Galloping Gus, and Status Symboll completed the order of finish.

Le Fromage paid $10.80, $10.80 and $5.20, Frynge Benefit returned $10.40 and $8.00, and Buddy of Mine paid $8.20 for show.

Dan Leary
Director of Communications
Lone Star Park

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TABA - Texas Arabian Breeders Association
P.O. Box 215.  Forney, Texas 75126
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