2010 Premiere Stakes Winner Coyote Legend Faces Off Again with Big Texas Daddy in Texas Stallion Stakes at LSP on Saturday

(Grand Prairie, Texas - May 5, 2010) - Clarence Scharbauer Jr.’s Coyote Legend, a winner of four straight including the opening race of the 2010 Lone Star Park Spring Thoroughbred Meet, the Premiere Stakes, in his last, will once again face off with 2009 Texas Stallion Stakes (for 2-year-olds) winner Big Texas Daddy in the 7th Running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Stymie Division) for three-year-old colts and geldings on Saturday. The 4-5 morning-line favorite in the 1 1/16-mile contest on the main track, Coyote Legend, who finished fifth in last year’s two-year-old race, is trained by Bret Calhoun and will be ridden by Bobby Walker Jr., who’s been aboard for all four races of the current winning streak.

“He faced older horses for the first time in the Premiere, and although that might not have been his most visually impressive performance, I think he got a lot out of that race,” said Calhoun. “I’m real happy to be facing straight 3-year-old competition on Saturday.”

The bay son of Gold Legend, who has five wins from nine career starts and $195,636 in lifetime earnings, has twice already avenged his loss last year to Big Texas Daddy. During his current winning streak, Coyote Legend won the $60,000 Triple Sec Stakes at Delta Downs on Jan. 15 and the $125,000 Jim’s Orbit Stakes at Sam Houston on Feb. 20. Big Texas Daddy was second both times.

Owned by Ackerley Brothers Farm and trained by Lone Star Park all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen, Big Texas Daddy will have jockey Aaron Gryder aboard, who rode the 3-year-old son of Valid Expectations to victory in an optional claiming race at Oaklawn Park on April 7. He comes into Saturday’s contest following a fifth-place finish in the $50,000 KHEY Sprint Stakes at Sunland Park on April 20 and looking to improve upon his career record of three wins from 11 starts and increase his $202,980 in earnings.

Another contender of note is Lone Star Park leading owner Tom Durant’s El Oso, who won impressively by 8 ¾ lengths in his career debut on Opening Night here on April 8. Trained by Jack Bruner, the dark bay son of City Street will have the track’s leading jockey Chris Landeros in the irons.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Royal Hay Patch (Bryan McNeil, 8-1); Big Texas Daddy (Aaron Gryder, 7-2); Winding Road (Luis Quinonez, 20-1); Coyote Legend (Bobby Walker Jr., 4-5); April’s Picture (Junior Chacaltana, 10-1); Wild Mudder (Cliff Berry, 10-1); and El Oso (Chris Landeros, 9-2). April’s Picture and Wild Mudder will run as an entry.

Scheduled as race 3 on the 10-race program, the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby has an approximate post time of 2:31 p.m.

Tin Top Cat Leads Field of Nine in Saturday's Texas Stallion Stakes Got Koko Division

Saturday’s 7th running of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko Division) for three-year-old fillies, to be run at 1 1/16 miles over the main track, features multiple stakes winner, and recent JEH Stallion Station Stakes runner-up, Tin Top Cat, owned by Jerry Durant and Bill Jordan. Trained by Bret Calhoun, the bay daughter of Supreme Cat has won four of seven starts for $205,324 in earnings, including the $88,000 TTA Sales Futurity Stakes at Lone Star Park as a two-year-old.

“She’s been extremely consistent and we’re very happy to be facing straight three-year-old competition after facing older horses last time,” said trainer Bret Calhoun.

Calhoun also sends out She’s a Bond Girl in the Texas Stallion Stakes. A winner of two of nine starts, the chestnut daughter of Truluck finished second behind Tin Top Cat earlier this year in the $125,000 Two Altazano Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park when trained by Val Ray Foster.

“We gave her a freshener when we got her and she ran a nice race for us off a layoff last time,” added Calhoun. “I think she’ll run well at the distance on Saturday.”

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Timber Play (Tony McNeil, 20-1); Tin Top Cat (Bobby Walker Jr., 9-5); Miss Pepper (Luis Quinonez, 15-1); She’s a Bond Girl (Larry Taylor, 9-2); Camille’s Appeal (Aaron Gryder, 5-2); Dixieland Baby (Chris Landeros, 20-1); Legendary Day (Cliff Berry, 12-1); Maymeister (Junior Chacaltana, 12-1); and Gran Senora (Bryan McNeil, 8-1).

Scheduled as race 7 on the 10-race program, the Texas Stallion Stakes (Got Koko Division) has an approximate post time of 4:23 p.m.

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