Calhoun Duo Highlights Closing Day $75,000 Middleground Stakes at LSP

(July 25, 2008) - Trainer Bret Calhoun has a solid one-two punch to send out in the 12th running of the $75,000 Middleground Stakes for 2-year-old colts and geldings going six furlongs at Lone Star Park on Sunday. Calhoun will be represented by Larry Hirsch and Wayne Sander's Tres Dangereux, and Clarence Scharbauer Jr.'s Early Final.

Tres Dangereux enters the Middleground off of his first career win, and impressive score against maiden special weight company here on July 10, and Early Final has his sights set on his second consecutive stakes victory after proving best in the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes 0on July 12.

Lone Star Park's all-time leading trainer Steve Asmussen will be out to deny Calhoun with his two-pronged attack of King Gulch and Club Tejano. The former was last seen posting his first career victory in a maiden special weight contest here on June 21, and the latter was an impressive winner in his career debut while beating nine rivals to the finish line in a five- and-a- half furlong dash here on July 5.

The field from the rail out, with jockey and morning line odds listed in parenthesis, consists of: Austin Ridge (David Elston, 30-1); Jolie Streets (Justin Shepherd, 4-1); Tres Dangereux (Bobby Walker Jr., 3-1); Getapossetogether (Eguard Tejera, 20-1); Supreme Secret (Justin Shepherd, 4-1); King Gulch (Luis Quinonez, 8-1); Heber Valley (Richard Eramia, 15-1); Cavalry's Brother (Eddie Martin Jr., 30-1); Club Tejano (Quincy Hamilton, 6-1); Mister Bonz (Curt Bourque, 15-1); and Early Final (Cliff Berry, 2-1).

Scheduled as race nine on the 11-race program, the Silver Spur Stakes has an approximate post time of 5:19 P.M. CDT.

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