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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas (Friday, May 27, 2022) — Trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. will be sending out Wood Memorial(G2) fourth-place finishing A.P.’s Secret in the $300,000 Texas Derby on Memorial Day at Lone Star Park as the 5/2 morning line favorite.
Texas Derby favorite A.P.'s Secret at Lone Star Park
The $150,000 OBS 2-Year-Old In-Training sale purchase by the sire Cupid was on the Kentucky Derby trail in the first-part of 2022 with a seventh-place finish in the Fountain Of Youth Stakes(G2), before his fourth-place outing in the early April Wood Memorial. 
“We’ve been pointing towards this race with the owners (Gentry Farms) being from this part of the country,” said trainer Saffie Joseph, Jr. “The colt has had three strong works since the Wood Memorial(G2) at Gulfstream, and we believe he is sitting on a good effort. Hopefully he shows it in the Texas Derby.”
Kentucky Derby-winning jockey Sonny Leon is slated to ride Fowler Blue for trainer Doug O’Neill, who sends out a pair of runners in the 8.5 furlong event. The other O’Neill runner in the Texas Derby, Win The Day, is coming off of a fifth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby(G1) in his last out after an impressive five-length maiden score at Santa Anita in March.
“Win The Day has been training very well since his last out, and we are hoping for him to show us a bit more here in the Texas Derby” said trainer Doug O’Neill.  “He always acted like a two-turn type of horse to us, and we realize that this is a big “ask” of him to ship to Texas and tackle this field on Memorial Day in the derby.  We hope that we see him step up and perform well here in this spot on Monday.”
California-based trainer Richard Baltas ships into the Texas Derby with his promising three year-old Mastery colt, Cover Me Up as the second-choice on the morning line at 3/1.  Last time out in an allowance-level event on the Kentucky Derby day undercard, Cover Me Up was outdueled to the wire by eventual Preakness Stakes(G1) third-place finisher Creative Minister. Jockey Florent Geroux will ride Cover Me Up in the $300,000-guaranteed Texas Derby.
Florida-based Strike Hard, from the barn of trainer Matthew Williams, makes the trip to Grand Prairie, Texas for the Texas Derby coming off a win last time out in a optional claiming race at Gulfstream Park where he wore down his rivals in the last sixteenth to come home as the winner.  The start previous to the optional claiming victory came in the Florida Derby(G1) that saw the son of Flashback falter to a seventh-place finish in the Kentucky Derby prep-race. Local jockey Jose Alvarez gets the call in the Texas Derby.
Steve Asmussen sends out a pair of runners in the Texas Derby with Presidential being the 8/1 morning line choice with a fifth-place finish in the Lecomte Stakes(G3) at the Fair Grounds three starts back.  The Hall of Fame trainer also sends out the highly-touted maiden King Ottoman, that ran an impressive Beyer number of 87 in his last-out on Derby-day at Churchill Downs that resulted in a third place finish.
Rounding out the field is California-invader Got Thunder from the barn of trainer John Sadler with Hall of Fame jockey Victor Espinoza coming into Texas for the mount.  At 12/1 on the morning-line, the Arrogate colt hopes to bounce out of his maiden victory last time out at Santa Anita with a victory in the one mile and one-sixteenth Texas Derby.

The field for the 2022 $300,000-Guaranteed Texas Derby:
  1. STRIKE HARD – Jose Alvarez – Matthew Williams - 4/1
  2. WIN THE DAY – Reylu Gutierrez – Doug O’Neill – 7/2
  3. PRESIDENTIAL – Isaac Castillo – Steve Asmussen - 8/1
  4. KING OTTOMAN – Stewart Elliot – Steve Asmussen - 15/1
  5. FOWLER BLUE – Sonny Leon – Doug O’Neill - 12/1
  6. GOT THUNDER – Victor Espinoza – John Sadler - 12/1
  7. COVER ME UP – Florent Geroux – Richard Baltas - 3/1
  8. A.P.’S SECRET – Edwin Gonzalez – Saffie Joseph, Jr. - 5/2

Scheduled as the seventh-race on the twelve-race card on Memorial Day is the $100,000 Chamberlain Bridge for turf-sprinters going 5 furlongs.  
Bret Calhoun trained Excess Magic has been given the role as the morning-line favorite at 6/5 with jockey Reylu Gutierrez having the riding assignment for the turf sprint.  The four-year old son of Magician (IRE) is coming off an optional-claiming event at Lone Star Park last time out, and is expected to come well of the pace on the Memorial Day event.

The field for the 2022 $100,000-Guaranteed Chamberlain Bridge:
  1. TIZ MAGIC – Iram Diego – Karen Jacks - 4/1
  2. SPIRIT ANIMAL – Leandro Goncalves – Eduardo Caramori – 20/1
  3. ARCHIDUST – Stewart Elliot -- Steve Asmussen - 5/2
  4. SIGN OF WAR – Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez – Cesar Govea - 5/1
  5. BOB’S BAD BOY – Sonny Leon – Mindy Willis - 12/1
  6. EXCESS MAGIC – Reylu Gutierrez – Bret Calhoun – 6/5
  7. ZIP TIE – Gerber Pivaral - Spencer Leddy - 30/1

The Memorial Day Sprint for fillies and mares going six-furlongs on the dirt is scheduled as the eighth-race on the Memorial Day Card.
The field for the 2022 $100,000-Guaranteed Memorial Day Sprint:
  1. BECCA’S ROCKET – Lane Luzzi – Jayde Gelner - 4/1
  2. UPANDCOMINGSTAR – Isaac Castillo – Steve Asmussen – 15/1
  3. DISTORTED FLASH – Gerado Mora – Joe Offolter - 20/1
  4. SKINNY DIP – Reylu Gutierrez – Gregory Foley - 5/1
  5. OUR IRIS ROSE – Richard Eramia – Todd Fincher - 5/2
  6. KALYPSO – Stewart Elliot – Steve Asmussen – 7/5
  7. HEAVENLY RHYTHM – Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez – Tina Hurley - 20/1
  8. STORMIEIS BLUE– Jose Alvarez – Michael Whitelaw - 30/1
The inaugural-running of the Speightstown Sprint for colts and geldings going six-furlongs on the dirt is scheduled as the nine-race on the Memorial Day Card.
The field for the 2022 $100,000-Guaranteed Speightstown Sprint:
  1. BOLDOR – Stewart Elliot – Steve Asmussen - 15/1
  2. EMPIRE OF GOLD – Richard Eramia – Terry Eoff – 6/1
  3. RED N WILD – Erick Medellin – Terry Eoff - 20/1
  4. MACRON– Isaac Castillo – Steve Asmussen – 7/2
  5. BYBEE – Leandro Goncalves – Eduardo Caramori – 20/1
  6. IT MAKES SENSE – Jose Alvarez – Shawn Davis – 5/1
  7. MR MONEY BAGS– Ernesto Valdez-Jiminez – Jaylan Clary - 3/1
  8. CRAZY LEGS HIRSCH– Jansen Melancon – Sarah N. Davidson - 15/1
  9. PAYNE– Reylu Gutierrez – Caio Caramori – 5/2

The first post-time of the twelve-race Memorial Day card at Lone Star Park is 1:40PM CT, with a vehicle giveaway of an all-new 2022 Ford Escape, as well as live music on the Courtyard of Champions stage from 1pm to 6pm, featuring Emerald City's Party Machine.

Kentucky Derby winning jockey Sonny Leon will be taking part in an autograph session between 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. in the first-floor east lobby nearest the Fred Stone-mural.

About Lone Star Park
Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie; A major league sports entertainment attraction that features two exciting racing seasons annually. Over 700,000 guests visit our beautiful facility each year, which features a seven-level glass-enclosed Grandstand, highlighted by our 1,200-seat Silks Dining Room and our 48 luxurious Penthouse Suites, all overlooking the newest race track in Texas. Situated next to our Grandstand is the 36,000 square foot world-class Las Vegas-style Racebook and simulcast facility, Bar & Book, which features wagering on horse racing from around the world 7-days a week year-round.

2022 Thoroughbred Racing Season; The heart of our product offering, running 48-days from April 28 through July 24. The Thoroughbred Racing Season runs during Triple Crown season and features an action-packed promotional schedule with lively entertainment and fun for the entire family. The 2022 Fall Meeting of Champions featuring American Quarter Horses, running 31-days from September 16 through December 17 features some of the very best in Quarter Horse racing.

Lone Star Park is located on Beltline Road, just ½ mile north of I-30 in Grand Prairie, Texas. Visit for more information.
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