-photo courtesy Lone Star Park
|Gold Coyote Rolls in $50,000 Carter
McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes at LSP
Prairie, Texas (Saturday, June 14, 2008) - Clarence Scharbauer
Jr.'s Gold Coyote, conditioned by Bret Calhoun, proved to be too
much to handle for his seven rivals as he captured the $50,000 Carter
McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes by four-and-a-half lengths at Lone
Star Park on Saturday.
Ridden by Bobby Walker Jr., Gold Coyote contested the early pace
while racing just inside of stablemate Snuck By. After getting the
opening quarter-mile in 22.25, and the half-mile in 45.18, Gold
Coyote took command at the top of the stretch and completed the
six-furlong assignment in 1:10.11. Aggies Rule finished second,
three lengths ahead of Snuck By in third.
"It looked like we (#3 Snuck By with jockey Cliff Berry)
were the two speed horses," said winning jockey Bobby Walker,
Jr. "We got away with Cliff about a half a length in front
of me the first quarter of a mile. By the half-mile pole, my horse
got into the bridle and cruised me up there without asking. From
there on, I just had more horse than anybody.
"We always thought sprinting was his best," explained
Calhoun. "There was a lot of money out there routing. We had
to take a shot at those races. We definitely will keep him sprinting
from here on out.
"When you go against older horses the first time, you're
always concerned. Everything went right and he's back on track,"
With the win, Gold Coyote improved his record to five wins from10
starts, including four wins from six starts at Lone Star Park, and
he increased his career earnings to $234,950. Calhoun indicated
that the Harold V. Goodman Memorial Stakes at Lone Star Park on
Stars of Texas Day on July 12 will be next for Gold Coyote.
Gold Coyote paid $3.80, $2.80, $2.20, runner-up Aggies Rule returned
$11.60, $5.00, and Snuck By paid $2.60 for show. Toga Too, Goosey
Moose, Seneca Summer, Mucho Gato, and War Bridle completed the order
Gold Coyote wasn't the only highlight for winning trainer Bret
Calhoun on Saturday at Lone Star Park. On the 10-race program, Calhoun
trained five winners. Dyna's Diva ($4.20) in the first, C E P A's
Forum ($4.00) in the fourth, Risky Weather ($6.40) in the sixth,
Gold Coyote ($3.80) in the ninth and Oh Oleg ($4.40) in the 10th.