Calhoun Finishes 1-2-3-4 in $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes; Goosey Moose Repeats in Assault on Stars of Texas Day at Lone Star

(July 9, 2005) - It was quite an accomplishment for trainer Bret Calhoun's stable to saddle four 2-year-old fillies in a $125,000 race on Saturday, but the Grand Prairie, Texas native outdid himself when Final Trick, Cats Legend, Sauternes and Dyna's Gold Legend swept the top four positions in the Pan Zareta division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park.

The race was one of six stakes events on Saturday's 10-race program at Lone Star Park that comprised the fifth annual Stars of Texas - a mid-season showcase of horses bred in Texas. Several horses shined on the $651,000 program, including Goosey Moose who successfully defended his title in the $125,000 Assault Stakes for older horses. Trainer Danny Pish ran one-two in the 1 1/16-mile race when Agrivating General got up late to complete the exacta. In the winner's circle, he dedicated the triumph to Goosey Moose's late owner and breeder Wilton E. Scott, who passed last week in the Houston area at the age of 93.

In the Pan Zareta, Final Trick, a Texas-bred Magic Cat filly, ran 5 ½ furlongs in a stakes record 1:04.69 and defeated Cats Legend by 1 ½ lengths. She paid $11.60 to win as the 9-2 fourth betting choice under jockey Quincy Hamilton. Sauternes was another 1 ¼ lengths back in third, followed by Dyna's Gold Legend. Covered in Clover, the 8-5 favorite, finished fifth in the field of seven.

"They're all really nice fillies," Calhoun said. "I'm sure there are some happy owners and there's probably some pretty upset ones, too."

Winning owners Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch are obviously pleased with the $75,000 winner's share of the purse. All told, the Calhoun barn nabbed $121,250 in the race.

Final Trick, a $6,000 purchase at the 2004 Fasig-Tipton Texas Summer Yearling Sale, won for the second time in three career starts. Previously, she finished third behind Covered in Clover and September in Texas in the $131,500 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on June 11.

"The winner Final Trick has a little more experience than the rest of them," Calhoun said. "She was a little more seasoned from running in the Futurity. The other fillies are very nice. Dyna's Gold Legend was at a big disadvantage down in the one hole. But I was very proud of all four and you're going to hear a lot from these four fillies."

The victory by 4-year-old gelding Goosey Moose in the Assault was his sixth in 18 tries and the $75,000 winner's share of the purse pushed his earnings to $271,600. The 4-year-old gelding crossed the wire in 1:44.26 and paid $4.80 to win as the 7-5 favorite in the field of seven. Agrivating General was a length back in second and a neck in front of third place finisher Charming Socialite.

"It was a very good effort by both horses," Pish said. "I want to dedicate this victory to the memory of Wilton Scott, the owner and breeder of this horse who passed away last week. His family is having a memorial service today at his ranch in Huntsville and I'm sure they're extremely excited. They've got some horse enthusiasts in the family and I'm sure they're going to carry on the tradition."

Roman Chapa rode Goosey Moose to victory, one of his two stakes triumphs on the card. He also piloted 2-year-old Hadif gelding Paltu to victory in the Staunch Avenger Division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes. It was the second straight year that owners Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt and trainer Steve Asmussen won the Staunch Avenger. They won it last year with local champion Expect Will. For Asmussen, it was his sixth stakes win of the meet.

Paltu ran 5 ½ furlongs in 1:04.55 and paid $3.40 to win as the 3-5 favorite. Gambling Wolfe was 2 ½ lengths back in second and a neck ahead of Fast Fashion in third.

The $100,000 Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes for Texas-bred fillies and mares went to Oak Haven Farm's Slewpy's Storm, trained by Brent Davidson. The 4-year-old filly crushed 5-2 favorite Sheza Lucky Son'so by 5 ¼ lengths in 1:38.52 for the mile. For veteran jockey Kevin Cogburn, it was his second career stakes win at Lone Star Park (note: Cogburn's only other local stakes win came in the 2000 Silver Spur Maiden Stakes aboard Cool N Sixy).

In the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial for Texas-bred 3-year-olds, Lightsnatcher outkicked P F Deco to the wire by a half-length as 1-2 favorite War Bridle faded to third after pressing a swift pace. Owned by John Redmond and trained by Cole Norman, Lightsnatcher ran 6 ½ furlongs in 1:16.21 under jockey Jaime Theriot, who bagged his sixth stakes win of the meet.

The $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for 3-year-old fillies was comfortably won by Ralph Wadleigh and Sidney Yuratich's Body by Katrina. The Wild Zone filly defeated 3-5 choice Tizzy Girl by three lengths in 1:10.77 for six furlongs. Ted Gondron rode the winner for trainer Mike Stidham. She paid a whopping $49.40 to win.

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