|Record $1.2 Million Wagered by 16,455
on Kentucky Derby at Lone Star Park
Despite intermittent rain
throughout the afternoon, a record $1,215,097 was wagered on the 132nd
Kentucky Derby by the 16,455 in attendance at Lone Star Park in Grand
Prairie, Texas on May 6. The lofty total represented a 16.4% increase
from the $1,044,275 bet a year ago.
Attendance was also up significantly - a 7.5% jump from the 15,304 in
More than $3.1 million had been wagered on-track as of 7:40 p.m. CT,
according to Director of Mutuels Melinda Tyler, and betting in the Post
Time Pavilion was to continue well into the night with about 15 racetracks
still exporting their simulcast signals to Lone Star Park. Last year,
a total of $3,132,970 was bet on-track the entire day.
The Kentucky Derby, won impressively by undefeated Barbaro, was showcased
between Lone Star's seventh and eighth live races on a 12-race program,
highlighted by two stakes events.
Rachelsarompin relished the "sloppy" main track and drew clear
of 6-5 favorite White She Devil in the stretch to win the $50,000 Richland
Hills Stakes by 3 ¾ lengths.
Rachelsarompin, ridden by Ted Gondron and carrying 118 pounds, covered
six furlongs in 1:10.92 and paid $42., $10.20 and $5.20 as the second
longest shot in the field of seven 3-year-old fillies. White She Devil
paid $3.40 and $3. Prahtheta was another 3 ¼ lengths behind in
third and paid $5.40.
The win was the second in nine lifetime starts for Rachelsarompin, an
Arkansas-bred daughter of Storm and a Half by My Girl Amy. It was worth
$30,000, raising her career earnings to $76,500 for owner/breeders Ray
and Helen Dixon.
"She showed that a good horse can come from Arkansas, too,"
said winning trainer Tim Dixon, who collected his first career stakes
win after nine years as a trainer.
In the $40,000 Gold Nugget Stakes, which was taken off the turf and transferred
to the main track, trainer Danny Pish's duo of Goosey Moose and Agrivating
General ran one-two.
Quinn Scott Simons Racing's Goosey Moose, under replacement rider Justin
Shepherd, ran one mile in 1:39.59 and held off his fast-closing stablemate
by three-quarters of a length. Goosey Moose, the 8-5 favorite, paid $5.20,
$3.60 and $2.40. Agrivating General returned $4.60 and $2.60. Lightsnatcher
ran a distant third and paid $2.60.
The victory was the seventh in 21 lifetime starts for Goosey Moose, a
Texas-bred 5-year-old gelding by Shaquin. It was his first start since
October. The $24,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his bankroll to
"Good horses make you look good," Pish said.
Also Saturday, Lone Star's leading jockey Cliff Berry, 43, won four races
to surge his season total to 28 through the first 18 days of the 66-date
meeting. On April 15, the defending local riding champ won five races
on a single program, falling one victory shy of the track mark.
Wagering on Lone Star's 12-race program totaled $2,608,845 -- $863,422
on track and another $1,745,423 at simulcast outlets across the country.