Master Rick wins again at Lone Star Park

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Master Rick completed the Texas two-step by winning the $300,000 Grade III Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday in Grand Prairie.

The 4-year-old colt broadened his winning streak to three consecutive races, the second of which was Lone Star Park’s other main event race of the season, the Texas Mile, on April 27.

Not deviating from the strategy that has resulted in prior success, jockey Ricardo Santana Jr. held the third position in the four-horse race for the majority of the 11/16-mile track, before making a move on the final turn.

“He finished strong,” Santana said. “He sat behind the other two horses and on the straightaway he just ran.”

After going four-wide at the top of the final stretch, Master Rick, paying 1.10/1 odds before the horses posted, raced past Prayer for Relief and Formaggio.

Master Rick and Prayer for Relief were both trained by Steve Asmussen, who said the way the race settled out of the gate gave Master Rick the edge through the rest of the race.

“I’m extremely excited and proud of how they ran,” Asmussen said.

The $300,000 purse was distributed $195,750 for first, $57,000 for second, $30,000 for third and $17,250 for fourth, giving every horse that ran a cut of the money.

Monday’s main event, the 10th race out of 11, was originally slated to be a five-horse race, but 10-1 Battle Hardened scratched before the first race of the day for undisclosed reasons.

Asmusssen and owner Richard Davis said the near future for Master Rick is to rest and recover from the back-to-back grid of taking both of Lone Star Park’s best titles before picking its next challenge, putting the three-race winning streak to the test.

“I didn’t think there was any way they would catch him,” Davis said of Monday’s race. “That was the way he ran the last race. He didn’t go by them slow; he went at a pretty good clip.”

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