Goosey Moose Seeks Assault Three-Peat on Stars of Texas Day at Lone Star

(July 6, 2006) - Goosey Moose will attempt to become the first three-time winner of a Thoroughbred stakes race at Lone Star Park when he goes postward as the 2-1 morning line favorite in Saturday's $75,000 Assault Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile event for older Texas-breds is one of six stakes races that help comprise "Stars of Texas" - the sixth annual, state-bred stakes bonanza that features 11 races and purses totaling $530,500.

A total of 111 horses were entered, including 58 in the six stakes events that are cumulatively worth $465,000. The stakes will run consecutively as Races 5-10, starting at approximately 3:27 p.m. CT. The first live race is 1:35 p.m. CT.

"These are really some great betting races with depth and large fields," said Lone Star's morning line oddsmaker Rick Lee. "Several horses bring winning credentials to each race, which translates to great betting value."

Goosey Moose, the 5-year-old gelding who has earned $298,100 under the care of Danny Pish, has won the last two runnings the Assault - a nose victory over Desert Darby in 2004 and a one-length score over stablemate Agrivating General a year ago.

This year's Assault will be his third race of the year. His campaign for owner Israel Flores began in May with a victory in the $40,000 Gold Nugget Stakes at Lone Star, followed by a four-length loss in an open company allowance last month.

Goosey Moose's challengers include the Dallas Keen-trained Groovy Chief, who'll seek his fourth win in a row; Dreamsandvisions, the Conroe Stakes winner who most recently finished in a dead-heat for second in the $50,000 Barksdale Handicap at Louisiana Downs; and Premiere Stakes champ Senior Amigo from the barn of leading trainer Steve Asmussen.

The complete field for the ninth running of the Assault Stakes (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds: General Charley (Ted Gondron, Mike Stidham, 15-1); Senor Amigo (Glen Murphy, Steve Asmussen, 6-1); Groovy Chief (Justin Shepherd, Dallas Keen, 5-2); Praisemeister (Filemon Rodriguez, Sherry Scholes, 30-1); Goosey Moose (Roman Chapa, Danny Pish, 2-1); Dreamsandvisions (Luis Quinonez, Steven Duke, 3-1); and Andanight (Omar Rodriguez, Juan Rivera, 10-1).

The Assault will be run as Race 8 at approximately 4:51 p.m. CT and is the first leg of the late 50-cent Pick 4.

The two richest races on the program are divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes - 5 ½-furlong races for 2-year-old progeny of nominated Texas-based stallions. Each race - the Staunch Avenger for colts and geldings and the Pan Zareta for fillies - features a guaranteed purse of $125,000.

In last year's fillies division, trainer Bret Calhoun became the first trainer in Lone Star history to sweep a superfecta with a 1-2-3-4 finish. This year, he has four horses entered for both races. Be a Resident and Austin Lights, first and third in June's male division of the TTA Sales Futurity, are the 2-1 and 3-1 morning line choices, respectively, in the Staunch Avenger. Meanwhile, Calhoun's entry of Lady Be Tru and The Bunster are the 9-2 third choice in the Pan Zareta.

The early 9-5 Pan Zareta favorite is the Randy Mayfield-trained Wrenice, the front-runner who finished second to Miss Mary Pat in the fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity. Party of One, a maiden from the Cole Norman barn who has trained smartly since her only start, is the 3-1 second choice.


The 12-horse field for the Staunch Avenger Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes: Country Legend (Glen Murphy, Bret Calhoun, 20-1); Spoonerism (Bobby Walker Jr., Danny Pish, 15-1); Holy Mission (Jaime Theriot, Mike Stidham, 6-1); Hello Larry (Richard Eramia, Elmer Carter, 30-1); Haveuseenthelight (Casey Lambert, Danny Pish, 12-1); Power Surge (Alfredo Juarez Jr., Bret Calhoun, 15-1); Be a Resident (Cliff Berry, Brett Calhoun, 2-1); Austin Lights (Quincy Hamilton, Bret Calhoun, 3-1); Mary's Gray Boy (Justin Shepherd, Danny Pish, 12-1); Hadacure (Larry Taylor, Joe Petalino, 6-1); Gamble Zone (Omar Rodriguez, Tommie Morgan, 30-1); and No Risk No Gain (Roman Chapa, Danny Pish, 10-1). Note: Haveuseenthelight and Mary's Gray Boy will run as a John Silverthorne Ranch-owned entry. It will be run as Race 9 at 5:19 p.m. CT.


The 12-horse field for the Pan Zareta Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes: Lady Be Tru (Cliff Berry, Bret Calhoun, 9-2); Wrenice (Bobby Walker Jr., Randy Mayfield, 9-5); Dyna's Diva (Alfredo Juarez Jr., Bret Calhoun, 6-1); Hermighty (Filemon Rodriguez, Nathan Hatcher, 30-1); Hadif Cat (Justin Shepherd, Bret Calhoun, 30-1); Clever Twist (Jaime Theriot, Joe Petalino, 8-1); The Bunster (Roman Chapa, Bret Calhoun, 9-2); Ana Martha (Casey Lambert, Bob Young, 12-1); Stage Stop (Luis Quinonez, Cheryl Asmussen, 15-1); Comanche Vision (Omar Rodriguez, Tommie Morgan, 20-1); Valid Katuna (Glen Murphy, Bob Young, 12-1); and Party of One (Quincy Hamilton, Cole Norman, 3-1). Note: Lady Be Tru and The Bunster will run as a Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch-owned entry and Ana Martha and Valid Katrina will run as a Ken Murphy Thoroughbreds-owned entry. It will be run as Race 10 at 5:47 p.m. CT.


The nine-horse field for the $60,000 Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes, a one-mile affair for Texas-bred fillies and mares: Velvet Angel (Larry Taylor, Mark Whitton, 15-1); I.B.'s Halo (Glen Murphy, Pamela Simpson, 15-1); Brushabybaby (Bobby Walker Jr., Randy Mayfield, 12-1); Shesabigcat (Cliff Berry, Bret Calhoun, 5-1); Cookin's Cast (Quincy Hamilton, Alan Love, 4-1); Crescent Lake (Justin Shepherd, Bret Calhoun, 12-1); Shons Secret (Filemon Rodriguez, Ralph Irwin, 3-1); Go Girlfriend Go (Rita Helton, Clifford Bailey, 9-2); and Snicker Slew (Don Pettinger, Donnie K. Von Hemel, 6-1).


The eight-horse field for the $40,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong sprint for Texas-bred 3-year-olds: Southern Humour (Don Pettinger, Cheryl Asmussen, 8-1); Samba Jones (Glen Murphy, Steve Asmussen, 6-1); Rain On Monday (Justin Shepherd, Steve Asmussen, 5-2); Guacamole (Casey Lambert, Danny Pish, 8-1); Lissa's Star (Ted Gondron, Mike Stidham, 3-1); Groovy Luck (Jaime Theriot, Steve Asmussen, 7-2); Wild Series (Bobby Walker Jr., Burl McBride, 30-1); and Minstrel Runner (Alfredo Juarez Jr., Chris Hartman, 15-1).


The 10-horse field for the $40,000 Valor Farm Stakes, a six-furlong race for Texas-bred 3-year-old fillies: Open Meaodws (Casey Lambert, Jack Bruner, 7-2); Expect Misty (Ted Gondron, Mike Stidham, 10-1); Kathy's Rocket (Terry Stanton, W.T. Howard, 20-1); Cats Legend (Justin Shepherd, Bret Calhoun, 15-1); Final Trick (Quincy Hamilton, Bret Calhoun, 6-1); Annie Savoy (Jaime Theriot, Kari Craddock, 9-2); Stormy Light (Filemon Rodriguez, John Barger, 30-1); Fly Francie Fly (Roimes Chirinos, Bob Schultz, 15-1); She's Open Minded (Glen Murphy, Bret Calhoun, 2-1); and Prahtheta (Richard Eramia, Bret Calhoun, 15-1).

DOWN THE STRETCH - There's only 11 racing days, or three weeks, left at the meeting...All "Stars of Texas" entries are Texas-breds except for 2-year-old Power Surge, who runs in the Staunch Avenger division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. He is a Louisiana foal but a son of nominated Texas stallion Holzmeister, who stands at Drs. Ken and Linda Quirk's Q6 Ranch near Salado, Texas...Jockey Quincy Hamilton has four chances Saturday to equal Eddie Martin Jr.'s 2003 record of eight stakes wins in a single Lone Star Park season. The 22-year-old rides Final Trick in the Valor Farm, Cookin's Cast in the Allen Bogan, Austin Lights in the Staunch Avenger and Party of One in the Pan Zareta. Hamilton's seven Lone Star stakes wins this year have come aboard Cookin's Cast (JEH Stallion Station Stakes), Kip Deville (Grand Prairie Turf Challenge), Miss Mary Pat (TTA Sales Futurity), Paz Ciudadana (Irving Distaff), Proven Cure (Littlebitlively Stakes), War Bridle (Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes) and Waupaca (Connecting Terms Stakes)...Friday's "Party at the Park" with 93.3 The Bone and Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket will feature live music by Farside Band and $1.75 Bud Light cans in the Courtyard of Champions from 7-11 p.m...In conjunction with Stars of Texas Day, there will be live music Saturday in the Courtyard from Texas Cartel from 12-4 p.m. Live 105.3 Free FM also will be on hand...Sunday is Senior Citizen's Day with free general admission for patrons 62 and up with proof of identification...Dollar Day returns to Lone Star Park on Saturday, July 15 with beer, soft drinks, hot dogs, popcorn, general admission, general parking and programs on sale for just $1 each.

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