Thirtyfirststreet won his turf debut and going around two turns for
the first time in his career on Monday, when he outgamed Close Ally
approaching the wire in the $200,000 Lone Star Derby.
The race was one of six stakes worth a collective $1 million on Lone
Star Park’s annual Million Day. The card is the richest program of
Thoroughbred racing in Texas.
Thirtyfirststreet ($45.80) tracked pacesetter Aces N Kings through a
half-mile in 49.40 seconds, overtook that one, and then had more when
Close Ally came to him to hold for a neck win. Thirtyfirststreet covered
1 1/16 miles on a track rated firm in 1:42.44.
“I just bided my time and waited and when I asked him to go he just
went on,” said Chris Landeros, who rode the winner for trainer Doug
O’Neill. “Then he kind of waited on that horse.