His Eyes, Aly's Vow Win Lone Star Stakes

(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.

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