Stars of Texas Saturday; Injured Lambert "Doing Great"

(July 7, 2005) - Eighty-two Texas-breds were entered for Saturday's fifth annual Stars of Texas card at Lone Star Park in Grand Prairie, Texas. Dual stakes winner Goosey Moose drew post position No. 6 in a field of seven and was made the mild 3-1 morning line favorite for the $125,000 Assault Stakes, the centerpiece of six stakes events on the 10-race program that begins at 1:35 p.m. CT.

Top horses bred in the Lone Star state will be competing for $651,000 on the day. In addition to the Assault, there are two divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes each worth $125,000 and run at 5 ½ furlongs - the Staunch Avenger Division for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the Pan Zareta Division for 2-year-old fillies. Also on the card are the $100,000 Allen Bogan Memorial for fillies and mares at one mile, the 6 ½-furlong Harold V. Goodman Memorial for 3-year-olds and the six-furlong Valor Farm for 3-year-old fillies.

The top three wagering choices for this year's 1 1/16-mile Assault are past winners. Defending champ Goosey Moose is the defending champ, 8-year-old gelding Lights On Broadway won the race during his 2001 Texas Horse of the Year campaign and 7-year-old gelding Rare Cure posted a 10-1 upset two years ago.

Wilton Scott's Goosey Moose seeks his first victory since scoring back-to-back wins in the Assault and $100,000 Star of Texas at Sam Houston last fall. Last time out, the Danny Pish trainee finished third on turf in the $40,000 Gold Nugget Stakes on June 17. Roman Chapa has the call to ride.

The veteran Lights On Broadway, the 7-2 second wagering choice in post No. 4, appears to be rejuvenated since being claimed for $20,000 by owner Adam Lewis and trainer Chris Hartman in April. He dusted younger rivals in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes, a 6 ½-furlong sprint in the slop on May 28. It was his first stakes win since capturing the 2002 Premiere Stakes with Hall of Famer Jerry Bailey aboard.

Larry Dyson's Rare Cure landed post No. 2 was installed as the 4-1 third wagering choice. Two starts ago, the Joe Petalino-trainee ran down Yessirgeneralsir in stakes record time (1:37.15 for one mile) to win the $50,000 Premiere Stakes on opening day in April. In a subsequent start against open company, he finished last of seven, but prepped for Saturday's race with a swift half-mile on Monday in :45 4/5 - the fastest of 31 drills at the distance.

In last year's Assault won by Goosey Moose, Lights On Broadway was fourth and Rare Cure was seventh when it was run one week before the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships in October.

This year's Assault, the eighth edition, will be run as Saturday's ninth race at approximately 5:19 p.m. CT.

Here's the complete Assault field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Agrivating General (Quincy Hamilton, Pish, 5-1); Rare Cure (Cliff Berry, Petalino, 4-1); Blinding Prospect (Jaime Theriot, Jim Hudson, 8-1); Lights On Broadway (Justin Shepherd, Chris Hartman, 7-2); Dixie Meister (Terry Stanton, Barry Germany, 12-1); Goosey Moose (Chapa, Pish, 3-1); and Charming Socialite (Larry Taylor, Bill Pettit, 9-2).

Charming Socialite from the Bill Pettit defeated the Pish trainees Agrivating General and Goosey Moose in the Gold Nugget at 7 ½ furlongs on turf. Blinding Prospect will try stakes company after winning six of his last eight starts for trainer Jim Hudson. Meanwhile, 3-year-old Dixie Meister, winner of the Jim's Orbit at Sam Houston this winter, was cross-entered by trainer Barry Germany into the Harold V. Goodman, a sprint against his own age group.

War Bridle, runner-up to Santana Springs in the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup on Saturday, is scheduled to wheel back a week later as the even-money favorite in the Harold V. Goodman.

The Randy Mayfield-trained Sheza Lucky Son'so, runner-up to Rhome Magic in the JEH Stallion Station Stakes on May 21, is the early 5-2 choice in the Allen Bogan. Bobby Walker Jr., a regular at Mountaineer Race Track, will fly in for the mount and five other rides. Mayfield and Walker teamed to win the 2002 Allen Bogan with multiple stakes-winning mare Coastalota.

Rhome Magic, from the Cole Norman barn, will face Tizzy Girl in the Valor Farm. The Steve Asmussen-trained Tizzy Girl, an impressive 4 ½-length allowance winner on June 16, is the only horse to beat top 3-year-old filly Round Pond, the Grade I Mother Goose winner.

Asmussen, Lone Star's top conditioner with 55 wins through Monday, has three 2-year-old colts entered in the Staunch Avenger Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. Two are owned by Bill and Corrine Heiligbrodt: Paltu and D Denton, who will run coupled as the 4-5 favorites. Asmussen, who won the race last year with Expect Will, also has Joint Session, a 20-1 longshot.

Asmussen has just one entrant in the Pan Zarata Division, but it's 2-1 morning line choice Covered in Clover, the 1 ¼-length winner of the $131,500 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on June 11. She'll attempt to give Asmussen his third win in four runnings of the race. He won the inaugural 2002 running with first-time starter Tiffany Jennifer ($60.80) and last year's renewal with favorite Berdelia ($6.20).

Grand Prairie native Bret Calhoun, 10 back of Asmussen in the trainer standings with 45 wins, amazingly has half the field in the Pan Zareta Division. His best shot might be with 5 ½-length maiden winner Dyna's Gold Legend, the 5-2 second wagering choice who'll break from the rail. Post Time Stables recently sold an interest in the Gold Legend filly to prominent national outfit Team Valor.

In addition to the 10 live races, Lone Star Park will host a Budweiser "True Music" Saturday in conjunction with LIVE 105.3 FM, the Alternative Talk Station. There will be music by the Paul Salos Band between Saturday's live races in the Courtyard of Champions from 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Grandstand gates open at 11:30 a.m. CT and the first live race is 1:35 p.m. CT.

Lambert Doing "Great" After Jaw Surgery Surgery Thursday

Jockey Casey Lambert, injured in a three-hour spill Monday at Lone Star Park, underwent reconstructive surgery Thursday at Methodist Hospital in Dallas to repair multiple breaks in his jaw, and was "doing great," according to Lone Star's Chaplain Sam Spence, who was at the hospital visiting Lambert and his family.

"He and his family are doing just fine," Spence said. "The operation to repair his jaw went great; he just got out of surgery [mid-afternoon]. He's doing great and I can't tell you how lucky he is. He's going to come away from it all just fine. I'm guessing he'll probably have a month to a six-week vacation recuperating."

Lambert went down in a three-horse spill in the ninth and final race Monday when his mount Eunever broke down near the quarter pole. In addition to the broken jaw, Lambert suffered multiple broken ribs on both his left and ride side and a punctured lung. Eunever had to be euthanized.

Jockeys Cathleen Garner and Jesus Rodriguez also were unseated from their mounts in the spill, but both escaped injury, as did their horses Dazzling Embrace and Rox Solid.

Replacement riders for Lambert's six scheduled mounts on Friday night will be announced Friday.

Stars of Texas Day Fields

ALLEN BOGAN MEMORIAL STAKES - The field for the Allen Bogan Memorial Stakes, to be run as Race 8 at approximately 4:51 p.m. CT: A.P. Sheauxgirl (Don Pettinger, Shane Sands); Hay Madison (Jaime Theriot, Cole Norman); Claudia's Agenda (Justin Shepherd, Lynn Sullivan); Expectant Diva (Bobby Walker Jr., Randy Mayfield); Sheza Lucky Son'so (Roman Chapa, "Junior" Martinez); Crescent Lake (Cliff Berry, Bret Calhoun); This Man's Darling (Quincy Hamilton, John Gelner); and Slewpy's Storm (Kevin Cogburn, Brent Davidson).

TEXAS STALLION STAKES/STAUNCH AVENGER DIVISION - The field for the Staunch Avenger Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, to be run as Race 7 at approximately 4:23 p.m. CT: Single Sox (Kevin Cogburn, Allen Milligan); Polevault (Justin Shepherd, Chris Hartman); Brick Crew (Cliff Berry, Joe Petalino); Majestic Date (Quincy Hamilton, Bret Calhoun); Fast Fashion (Larry Taylor, Dallas Keen); Paltu (Roman Chapa, Steve Asmussen); D Denton (Jaime Theriot, Asmussen); Meet Dr Mike (Ricky Faul, Alan Love); Joint Session (Terry Stanton, Asmussen); Sonny's Trouble (Bobby Walker Jr., Tommie Morgan); Findabel (Patrick Boxie, Barry Germany); and Gambling Wolfe (Cathleen Garner, Morgan). Note: D Denton and Paltu will run as a Heiligbrodt Racing Stable-owned entry.

TEXAS STALLION STAKES/PAN ZARETA DIVISION - The field for the Pan Zareta Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, to be run as Race 6 at approximately 3:55 p.m.: Dyna's Gold Legend (Cliff Berry, Bret Calhoun); Covered in Clover (Roman Chapa, Steve Asmussen); Wild Late Nite Fun (Kevin Cogburn, Elmer Carter); Sauternes (Bobby Walker Jr., Calhoun); Final Trick (Quincy Hamilton, Calhoun); Cats Legend (Justin Shepherd, Calhoun); Dyna Champ (Jaime Theriot, Cole Norman); and Devil and Angel (Patrick Boxie, Tommie Morgan).

HAROLD V. GOODMAN MEMORIAL STAKES - The field for the Harold V. Goodman Memorial Stakes, to be run as Race 4 at approximately 2:59 p.m. CT: Lord of the Track (Roman Chapa, Cole Norman); P F Deco (Justin Shepherd, Chris Hartman); Lightsnatcher (Jaime Theriot, Norman); K D King (Jeremy Collier, Keith Dunaway); War Bridle (Quincy Hamilton, Tommie Morgan); Dixie Meister (Terry Stanton, Barry Germany); and Appealing Air (Bobby Walker Jr., Randy Mayfield). Note: Dixie Meister was cross-entered into the Assault Stakes, while Appealing Air, K D King and Lord of the Track were cross-entered into the second race, a first-level allowance worth $27,500 at six furlongs for 3-year-olds and up.

VALOR FARM STAKES - The field for the Valor Farm Stakes, to be run as Race 5 at approximately 3:27 p.m. CT: Texas Spice (Salvador Perez, Arsenio Ugalde); Body by Katrina (Ted Gondron, Mike Stidham); Rhome Magic (Justin Shepherd, Cole Norman); It's Me Megan (Don Pettinger, Donnie K. Von Hemel); Tuned In (Terry Stanton, Steve Asmussen); Tizzy Girl (Roman Chapa, Asmussen); Texas Spirit (Quincy Hamilton, Tommie Morgan); Golden Trust (Jaime Theriot, Tony Richey); and Sister Anet (Cliff Berry, Joe Offolter).

DOWN THE STRETCH: Following a three-day break due to holiday racing on the Fourth of July, live racing returns to Lone Star on Friday at 6:35 p.m. CT. Only eight racing days remain at the meet (closing day is Sunday, July 17). Friday night's featured ninth race, a $28,500 allowance for 3-year-olds and up at one mile, is headlined by the Cody Autrey-trained entry of Explosive Green and Whiskey For Me, who were lined as the 7-5 early favorites. Here's the field from the rail out (with jockey, trainer and morning line odds): Alpler (Omar Rodriguez, Bart Evans, 20-1); Frogman Henry (Jaime Theriot, Cole Norman, 10-1); Explosive Green (Cliff Berry, Autrey, 7-5); Suave Lad (Kevin Cogburn, John Locke, 5-2); Chicago Gold (Larry Taylor, Terry Eoff, 10-1); Barometer Rising (Casey Lambert, Danny Pish, 6-1); Purely Classic (Ted Gondron, Mike Stidham, 5-1); and Whiskey For Me (Berry, Autrey, 7-5)...In Friday's third race, Hadenough is seeking her eighth career win on the Lone Star Park grass course. She is the 7-5 favorite in the five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares at the $20,000 claiming level...Only one horse not bred in Texas will run on Saturday's card: Florida-bred Polevault, a 10-1 shot in the Staunch Avenger Division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. His sire, Wild Zone, is nominated for the Texas Stallion Series, which makes him eligible...The hottest jockey last week at Lone Star was Jaime Theriot, who made a trip to the winner's circle with 45% of his mounts. He had 14 wins from 31 starters. Quincy Hamilton was next best with eight victories...Steve Asmussen increased his lead over Bret Calhoun in the trainer standings thanks to eight local wins last week, versus three by Calhoun...Hamilton is serving a suspension this week for a riding infraction, but is eligible to ride in stakes races on Saturday... Friday night's Heineken "Party at the Park" in the Courtyard of Champions will feature Karaoke by DJ Marcus Rollins and drinks specials between 7 p.m. and 11 p.m...Sunday is Senior Citizen's Day at Lone Star. All seniors age 62 and up will receive free general admission...Undefeated 3-year-old Lost in the Fog headlines Saturday's Summit of Speed, a seven-race sprint extravaganza at Calder with purses totaling $1.4 million. He'll go against five others in the $300,000 Carry Back...Limehouse, recent winner of the Brooklyn Handicap, likely will be favored against nine others to become the first Eastern-based horse since Skip Away in 1998 to capture Hollywood Park's signature event, Saturday's $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup...Don't Get Mad projects as a solid favorite over seven rivals in Saturday's $400,000 Swaps Breeders' Cup Stakes at Hollywood...Add All-Star Jockey Ryan Fogelsonger to the list of reality television stars when the 24-year old rider stars in "True Life: I Want the Perfect Body II." It airs Thursday on MTV at 9 p.m. CT and repeats Friday at 9:30 a.m. CT and 5 p.m. CT.

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