|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
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
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.
STAUNCH AVENGER DIVISION OF TEXAS STALLION STAKES
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.
PAN ZARETA DIVISION OF TEXAS STALLION STAKES
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.
ALLEN BOGAN MEMORIAL STAKES
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).
HAROLD V. GOODMAN MEMORIAL STAKES
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,
VALOR FARM STAKES
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
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.