Coyote Legend
-photo by Lone Star Park
Walker Loses Irons, Guides Coyote Legend to Victory in $75,000 Assault Stakes at LSP

Grand Prairie, Texas (July 10, 2010) - Clarence Scharbauer Jr’s Coyote Legend, trained by Bret Calhoun, recorded his third stakes victory of the 2010 Lone Star Park Spring Meeting with a win in the 13th running of the 1 1/16-miles, $75,000 Assault Stakes for Texas breds, 3-years-old and upward, over a muddy main track on Saturday.

With regular rider Bobby Walker Jr. aboard, Coyote Legend broke a little awkwardly from the gate causing Walker to lose his footing in the irons.

"He went to charging the gate before it sprung and it was all I could do to stay on the horse,” said winning rider Bobby Walker Jr. “I had no right stirrup, no nothing. I was just barely able to stay on.”

Walker quickly regained balance and allowed the bay son of Gold Legend to settle in nicely behind the early leaders through opening fractions of 23:58 and 47:31. He began to move in on the leaders approaching the half-mile marker and made a three-wide bid for the lead around the second turn. After seizing command of the lead through three-quarters of a mile in 1:11.72, Coyote Legend had enough left in the tank to hold off a solid stretch bid from runner-up Poltergeist, who finished a half-length back. Uncle Rose finished in third another four lengths back. The final time of the race was 1:43.56.

“Once I was able to get him gathered, everything worked out fine and he went about his business,” added Walker. "He kind of got to hanging just a little bit, but as that horse got to me by the sixteenth pole, he went back to running a little bit and they were not getting by after that. I was planning on that route pre-race, I just didn’t know I was going to have all that trouble just to stay on."

With the win, Coyote Legend improved his career record to seven wins from 12 starts and with the $45,000 winner’s share of the purse, increased his lifetime earnings to $300,636.

Coyote Legend paid $3.20, $2.40 and $2.20, Poltergeist returned $3.80 and $2.80, while Uncle Rose returned $2.60 to show. Mile Marker, April’s Picture, Royal Hay Patch, Wasko, Red Hot Quest, and Fudge Truffle completed the order of finish. Uncle Rose and April’s Picture ran as an entry.

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