05/22/2007 11:00PM

Borel returns to Texas for Million Day


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Calvin Borel, a Louisiana native who won the Kentucky Derby aboard Street Sense, will be riding at Lone Star Park for the first time in three years Monday. He will pilot Jonesboro in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Borel last rode at Lone Star in 2004. Jonesboro is one of several mounts he will have on the Lone Star Million Day card, a program that includes six stakes races worth a cumulative $1 million. Borel also has calls to ride Rich Fantasy in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff, and Kat Nan Do in the $100,000 Valid Expectations.

Jerry Hissam, Borel's agent, said Wednesday morning that Borel also could have mounts in two other stakes on Million Day, the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup, and the $100,000 Stonerside.

"We've got three for sure, and possibly five out of the six," he said.

Hissam said Borel would fly into Dallas on Monday morning from his base at Churchill Downs.

Jonesboro will start as one of the top contenders in the Lone Star Park Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race that had six early probables as of Wednesday. He was a dominant winner of the Grade 3, $100,000 Essex Handicap at 1 1/16 miles at Oaklawn Park in February, and in his most recent start was fourth to Lawyer Ron in the Grade 2, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap on April 7, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 100.

"After that Oaklawn Handicap, we wanted to give him a little break," said Randy Morse, who trains Jonesboro for Michael Langford. "I actually had him in the Alysheba [at Churchill on May 4], and it came up the track was really sloppy, so we decided to scratch him."

Jonesboro has since worked sharply for the Lone Star Park Handicap. In his final major prep, he breezed six furlongs in a bullet 1:11.80 at Churchill Downs on May 17, under Borel.

"He worked super," Morse said. "I hope he runs to the way he's been working. He couldn't be doing any better."

Morse said Jonesboro will fly in from Kentucky on Friday.

Mario Pino, who guided Hard Spun to a runner-up finish to Street Sense in the Kentucky Derby, is scheduled to ride Sweetnorth-ernsaint in the Lone Star Park Handicap, trainer Mike Trombetta said Wednesday. Others that Lone Star stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg considers probable for the race are Silent Pleasure, Bob and John, Almost Certain, and either More Than Regal or Real Dandy.

Trombetta said a decision will be made in the next day on whether his other Million Day nominee, Changeisgonnacome, will start in the Stonerside, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies. In her last start, she was third in the Grade 2 Nassau County Breeders' Cup at Belmont Park on May 5.

Gomez to ride Lady of Venice

Garrett Gomez will ride Lady of Venice in the Oujia Board, trainer Patrick Biancone said. Lady of Venice will start as the 118-pound co-highweight with Brownie Points. The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares had eight probables and four possibles as of Wednesday, Shamburg said.

Lady of Venice should go favored following an allowance win at Keeneland in her last start April 22. The race was her first since August, when she ran second in the Grade 2 Lake Placid at Saratoga. Last year, Lady of Venice won the Grade 3 Regret at Churchill.

Brownie Points made her season debut in her last start, too, finishing second by a head in the $100,000 Bayakoa at Oaklawn on April 11. She has long been pointed for the Oujia Board by trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Others considered probable for the race are Rich Fantasy, Carolina Sky, My Three Sisters, Sweet Idea, Peace Symbol, and Prospectors Spirit. Possibles include Dancing General, Indian Flare, River's Prayer, and Sea Siren.

Trials for Sales Futurity on Friday

For the second straight card, there are three trial races for the $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity here June 9. This time, the trials are for the colts and geldings division, and they will go as the fourth, sixth, and eighth races Friday night.

Stormy Wedding will be a short-priced favorite in the fourth race, when he attempts to improve his record to 2 for 2. He won his debut by three-quarters of a length, and earned a Beyer Figure of 82 for the effort. Stormy Wedding is a son of Semoran, and trainer Danny Pish has given the mount to Quincy Hamilton.