|His Eyes, Aly's Vow Win Lone Star
(July 1, 2006) - His Eyes set the pace
and shook off challenges by Mr. Pursuit and Almost Certain to win
Saturday's $70,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup Stakes at Lone Star Park
by 3 ½ lengths. Two races later, Aly's Vow narrowly defeated
Sweet Idea by a head in the $60,000 Ford Lone Star Oaks.
His Eyes, with leading jockey Cliff Berry up, ran one mile in 1:37.71
and paid $4.40 to win as the 6-5 favorite. It was his fourth victory
in seven starts and second in three weeks for owner Carl Moore of
Fort Worth, who claimed the gelding for $20,000 in March.
"I am very happy with the talent of this colt," said
winning trainer Bret Calhoun. "My biggest concern today was
the big move he made in his last race (an 8 ½-length allowance
win on June 9). I didn't know how much more we could move forward.
I was concerned about regressing some, but it looks like he took
another step forward."
Because His Eyes is not Breeders' Cup nominated, the 3-year-old
son of Gold Case only received $30,000 for the win. His career earnings
now total $76,420.
In the 1 1/16-mile Ford Lone Star Oaks, Louisiana invader Aly's
Vow notched her third straight turf victory, stopping the clock
in 1:44.31 under jockey Glen Murphy. The 3-year-old daughter of
Broken Vow - a granddaughter of 1987 Kentucky Derby champ Alysheba
- paid $4.60 to win as the 6-5 choice. She earned $36,000 for owner
Robert Orth and trainer Wes Hawley en route to her fourth victory
in nine career starts. Her bankroll now totals $100,848.
Racing at Lone Star over the Fourth of July weekend continues through
Tuesday. There are special 5 p.m. twilight programs on Sunday and
Monday followed by post-race fireworks at 10 p.m. The first race
Tuesday will be 1:35 p.m.