JRC Callas First Wins Refrigerator, Carrizales Sweeps LS Challenge Races

Lone Star Park hosts three stakes races on Saturday.

Press Release

Dana L. and Brian Stroud’s JRC Callas First, trained by Brian Stroud, claimed his fifth straight and most important victory in Saturday’s Grade 1, $75,000 Refrigerator Handicap on Saturday night at Lone Star Park.

Ridden by red hot Damien Martinez, the 4-year-old gelding by Winners Award out of Calla Missy Jane, by Dirty Coup, kicked in another gear near the halfway point and rocketed by the others to win the Refrigerator by a length over Pure D Spit. It was another length back to Rocketair in third. The final time for the 440-yard handicap was :21.207 over a fast track for a 99 speed index.

With the win, JRC Callas First upped his bankroll to $102,164 and now has nine wins from 15 career starts with one second and two third-place finishes. This win was his sixth from seven starts this year and first against graded stakes foes.

The mutuels for JRC Callas First were $9.60, $3.40 and $3.60. Pure D Spit returned $3.60 and $2.80 for place and Rocketair paid $9.20 for the show. FDD Going Grand, Somethin Like This, Llano Cartel, Rockin Disco, Loves Brown Sugar, Jody Pops Zoomer and Sparrow Contender completed the order of finish.

Jockey Santos Carrizales Sweeps Both Challenge Races
It was a Bank of America Racing Challenge stakes double for jockey Santos Carrizales, as he won both the Red Cell Lone Star Distance Challenge and the Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge at the Grand Prairie track.

Aboard The Field Cricket in the $39,240 Red Cell Challenge, Carrizales went straight to an early lead, drew clear and held for a 1 ½-length win over Jessa Little Rusty in the 870-yard contest. It was another 1 ¼ lengths back to EC Cartel in third.

The final time for the Red Cell Challenge was :45.252 over a fast track for a speed index of 101.

The Field Cricket, a 6-year-old gelding by Lead the Field out of Quick Lil Cricket, by Royal Quick Dash, increased his career earnings to $128,141 from 32 career starts. It was his ninth career victory. The Field Cricket runs for owner Claud Denson and trainer Jesse Yoakum. Mary Denson bred the gelding in Texas. This victory earned him a spot in the $125,000 Red Cell Distance Challenge Championship (G1) on October 18 at Prairie Meadows.

Mutuel payoffs were $7.20, $4.40 and $3.00. Jessa Little Rusty returned $4.60 and $3.80 for place. EC Cartel returned $2.60 for show. Lethal Volt, Jess Twice Cash, Dublin Down and Kudos for Quick Dash completed the order of finish.

Carrizales came right back and won the next race of the night, the $36,720 Merial Lone Star Distaff Challenge aboard Six Time Special.

The 3-year-old filly by Streakin Sixes out of Shesa Wicked Gypsy, by Strawfly Special, broke in the air and was off a bit slowly but gave a game effort to prove best. The final time for the 400-yard Merial Challenge was :19.762 for a speed index of 90.

Owned and bred in Texas by Nancy Carrizales and trained by Edelmiro Carrizales, Six Time Special returned $9.20, $5.20 and $3.80. Lindsayshawdowdancer was second and returned $9.60 and $6.00. Third-place went to Katelliac, and she returned $3.80. String Bikini, One Quick Jess, Kirklyns Dynasty, Big Visions, Track Forty Four, Flyin High Secret and Isa Paratus completed the order of finish.

Six Time Special is now qualified to run in the $125,000 Merial Distaff Challenge Championship (G1) at Prairie Meadows.

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