Lj Moonrise Demolishes ARC Distaff Lone Star Field, Punches Ticket for Albuquerque
Lj Moonrise, under jockey Francisco Calderon, easily wins the $27,957 ARC Lone Star Park Distaff Challenge Friday at Lone Star Park.

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Lj Moonrise Demolishes ARC Distaff Lone Star Field, Punches Ticket for Albuquerque

GRAND PRAIRIE, TX—OCTOBER 4, 2019— Lj Moonrise scored the second stakes win for trainer and jockey Leon Bard and Francisco Calderon Friday night at Lone Star Park when she destroyed the field in the $27,957 ARC Lone Star Park Distaff Challenge. Earlier on the card Bard and Calderon teamed to win the Nevill Stakes with Sf Hot Pass.

Under Calderon, Lj Moonrise broke sharp then extended her lead with every jump to win by 2-¼ lengths, completing the 400 yards in :20.042 seconds into a 3 mph crosswind.

Bard saddled the daughter of Separatist to her first career stakes victory for owner P & Racing Ltd. Bred in Texas by Elizabeth Vivanco, from the One Famous Eagle mare Risen Eagle, Lj Moonrise has compiled a (11) 6-2-0 record and tonight's winner's purse valued at $13,419 increased her earnings total to $151,014. She was second in the TQHA Sale Futurity(RG3) at 2 and a finalist in the Sam Houston Derby(G3) and Retama Park Derby this year.

AQHA Chief Racing Officer Janet VanBebber presents the winning connections of Lj Moonrise the ARC Lone Star Distaff Challenge stakes trophy Friday night at Lone Star Park. © Dustin Orona Photography
The win also garner's the 3-year-old filly a starting spot in the Grade 1 $100,000-est. ARC Distaff Challenge Championship(G1) on October 26th at The Downs at Albuquerque—during the Bank of America Challenge Championship Night.

No match for the winner Pamplonna finished well under jockey Ricky Ramirez to earn $5,731 for second. Jorge Haddad conditions the 3-year-old First Moonflash filly for himself and Mestre and Jorge Haddad. The homebred is out of Im A Feature Girl by Feature Me Jess. She increased her bankroll to $37,306.

Post-time favorite Jess Adalida got away slow but improved her position to finish half-a-length back in third for owner Ruben Garcia Montemayor. The daughter of multiple stakes sire Jess Louisiana Blue entered the race off back-to-back stakes wins in the French Quarter and Selma Stakes.

Josue Ponce conditions the Double Bar S Ranch LLC California-bred 4-year-old out of Worthherweightingold by First Down Dash. Victor Urieta, Jr. was riding. She earned $2,796 to increase her earnings to $172,914.

Save Be Jesus Jm, Enid Girl, Alinas War Princess, Classy Seis and Ym Valentine completed the field. Rvaliant Chick was scratched.

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Live Quarter Horse Racing resumes Saturday, October 5 at 6:05 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Lone Star Park at Grand Prairie, a Class I racetrack operated by Texas Partners LSP and Global Gaming LSP. The track offers a 16-day 2019 Quarter Horse Season, which opens Friday, September 20 and concludes on Saturday, November 9. Live racing will be held Friday and Saturday Nights at 6:05 p.m. For more information on Lone Star Park visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Lone Star Park is also home to the multi-million dollar simulcast racebook, sports bar and event venue, Bar & Book. The 36,000 square foot venue is open to the public 363 days a year.

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Global Gaming Solutions, LLC (GGS), is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chickasaw Nation with a primary business focus of pursuing entertainment, gaming and racing related opportunities in emerging jurisdictions in the United States and overseas as well as acquisition of regional gaming and entertainment assets. GGS LLC is the parent company of GG RP, which owns Remington Park in Oklahoma City, OK and GG LSP, which owns a significant stake in Lone Star Park. GG LSP is the track operator who owns the license to operate Lone Star Park and leases the property from the Grand Prairie Sports Facilities Development Corporation.