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Monday, May 26
Pie N Burger upsets Bluesthestandard




GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas -- Pie N Burger survived an early speed duel to win the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap by 2 3/4 lengths on Monday. The 1 1/16-mile race was the richest of seven stakes on the card worth a combined $1 million.

Bluesthestandard, the 3-2 favorite who was looking for his sixth straight win, finished in a dead heat for second with Maysville Slew.

Pie N Burger ($15) dueled with Where's the Ring early, and the two raced through fractions of 22.85 seconds for the opening quarter-mile and 46 for the half. Pie N Burger shook free from that rival on the final turn, then withstood a bid from Bluesthestandard in the stretch to win the Lone Star.

He covered the distance over a track that had been upgraded to fast from good in 1:42.03.

"When I called on him at the three-sixteenths pole, I got a lot of run from him," said Jamie Theriot, who rode Pie N Burger for trainer Cole Norman.

Pie N Burger earned $180,000 for his win. He has now won 8 of 29 starts and $511,933. He races for Kagele Brothers Inc. and James A. Bailey.

The win was the second straight at Lone Star for Pie N Burger, who won an allowance prep for the Lone Star Park Handicap on May 9. He was sent to Norman about a month and a half ago from California for the Lone Star Park Handicap.

USA: Crowned King in a photo
Crowned King edged Iceanwater in a photo finish to win the $200,000 USA Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf by a neck. It was another length back in third to pacesetter Kool Humor.

Crowned King ($25.60) raced along the rail in fifth early in the 1 1/16-mile race, while Kool Humor was left alone on the lead and set fractions of 24.93 and 51.32 over soft turf.

Crowned King was angled outside of horses past the quarter pole, then ran down Iceanwater.

"I asked him for his life and he gave it to me," said Chandra Rennie, who rode Crowned King for McKeever Racing Stable and trainer Billy McKeever.

Crowned King covered the distance in 1:51.58. He earned $120,000 for the win, which improved his record to four wins from 13 starts and earnings of $298,450.

Beck Turf Sprint: That Tat still perfect
That Tat, claimed for $20,000 last year, remained unbeaten in four starts this year when he rallied up the rail to win the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint by a length over Take Achance on Me. It was another 1 1/4 lengths back in third to Runaway Choice.

That Tat ($18) sat in midpack early in the five-furlong race, which was held over soft turf, while Joyful Tune and Rocky Bar dueled through an opening quarter in 22.69 seconds. Joyful Tune disposed of that rival, but could not hold off That Tat, who covered the distance in 1:00.05.

Eddie Martin Jr. rode That Tat for Ken Murphy and trainer Cole Norman.

That Tat, who set a track record on dirt earlier this meet when he won a 5 1/2-furlong allowance in 1:01.80, earned $60,000 for his win in the Beck. He has now won 11 of 27 starts and has earned $314,585.

Earlier this meet, That Tat won the $75,000 Ford Express.

Valid Expectations: Favorite wins
See How She Runs overtook the leaders in the stretch to win the $100,000 Valid Expectations by three-quarters of a length over Drexel Monorail. It was a neck back in third to Distinctive Code.

See How She Runs, the 3-2 favorite, was content to sit behind Distinctive Code and Southern Tour, who dueled through fractions of 21.74 seconds for the opening quarter and 44.05 seconds for the half-mile. See How She Runs began to pick up steam past the quarter pole, and went on to cover six furlongs for fillies and mares over a good track in 1:08.97.

Don Pettinger rode See How She Runs ($5) for Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel. She earned $60,000 for the win to improve her record to 7 wins from 13 starts for earnings of $500,950.

* Front Nine ($8), who in his last start was third to That Tat in the Ford Express, returned to racing with statebreds for the $50,000 Carter McGregor and was a three-quarter length winner over Won CC. It was 1 3/4 lengths back in third to Term Sheet.

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