08/06/2011 4:25PM

Louisiana Downs: Easton Jack can move forward in Sunny's Halo


Easton Jack is one of just two horses proven at seven and a half furlongs on turf in the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo for 2-year-olds, but the race will be the first time he has tested stakes competition. His trainer, Bret Calhoun, believes there are reasons the horse will move forward Saturday.

Easton Jack has raced twice, finishing seventh in his career debut at five furlongs on dirt June 12, then scoring by three-quarters of a length in a turf route on the final day of the Lone Star meet July 10.

“In his first out he just got creamed from both sides,” said Calhoun. “He was just completely wiped out. I entered him back short, on the dirt, and he got excluded.”

With the meet set to close, Calhoun entered Easton Jack back in the remaining maiden special weight Easton Jack was eligible for, a turf route, and the horse won on the front end in a performance that impressed his trainer.

“We weren’t thinking two turns or turf with him at that time,” said Calhoun. “I was very happy the way he did it, especially considering his fitness level. He didn’t get anything out of his first race. I was happy he was able to carry it around two turns. I think he should be a lot better this time.”

Cliff Berry has the mount on Easton Jack.