|Refrigerator Handicap to Be Run at Lone Star Park on October 29
The $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (Gr. I) for American Quarter Horses
will be run at Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie on Friday, October 29 as
part of the track's otherwise all-Thoroughbred Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred
Championship meet that began on October 1 and concludes on October 31.
It will be an opportunity for racefans from around the globe that may
not have been exposed to Quarter Horse racing to see some of the best
running Quarter Horses in the world.
The Refrigerator Handicap (Gr. I) is for Quarter Horses three-year-olds
and upward going 440 yards. It is traditionally run at Lone Star Park
at Grand Prairie as part of the track's annual Quarter Horse meet, the
Fall Meeting of Champions. This year, however, Sam Houston Race Park is
conducting Lone Star's traditional Quarter Horse dates to facilitate Lone
Star hosting a short Thoroughbred meet leading into the $14-million Breeders'
Cup World Thoroughbred Championships on October 30.
Nominations for the $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (Gr. I) close on Wednesday,
The $150,000 Refrigerator Handicap (Gr. I) is named after one of the
all-time great racing Quarter Horses. Jim and Marilyn Helzer's Refrigerator
- named for Chicago Bears football player William "Refrigerator"
Perry - won ten championship titles in his career and retired as the sport's
leading earner, with lifetime earnings of $2,126,309. In six years of
racing, the tough gelding won 22 of 36 races, including 11 stakes victories.
Refrigerator won the 1990 All-American Futurity (Gr. I) in stakes record
time, and he is the only three-time winner of the prestigious Champion
of Champions (Gr. I). He still reigns at Quarter Horse racing's all-time
Refrigerator died in 1999 after a head injury, and he is buried at the
Helzers' JEH Stallion Station in Pilot Point, Texas.