06/21/2010 11:00PM

Brickyard Fast pointed to Louisiana stakes


Brickyard Fast turned in one of the best performances by a 2-year-old so far this year when he rolled to a 10-length win in a maiden special weight last weekend at Lone Star Park. Next month, he will test stakes competition. Trainer Joe Petalino said Tuesday that Brickyard Fast is being pointed for the $50,000 Minstrel at Louisiana Downs on July 3.

Brickyard Fast figures to be the odds-on favorite based on the Beyer Speed Figure of 87 he earned for his maiden win Friday night. The number is the seventh-highest for a 2-year-old in 2010 and tops in the Mid-South region of Louisiana and Texas. Petalino said he likes the idea of Brickyard Fast making his initial stakes start at Louisiana Downs. The horse received his early training at the track, when it was operating as a training center following last year's Thoroughbred meet. Brickyard Fast is now based at Lone Star.

"It's kind of a quick ship, and it's like going home for him," Petalino said. "He was there all winter."

Brickyard Fast was making his second start Friday night, and he stalked the pace then rolled home. In his debut May 7, he was the runner-up to Keep On Smokin, who has since romped in a trial for the $100,000 D.S. "Shine" Young Memorial Futurity at Evangeline Downs. Brickyard Fast finished three lengths back in his first race and was not entirely focused.

"He was just being a colt," said Petalino.

Brickyard Fast is one of the first winners for the sire Sharp Humor, whose biggest victory came in the Grade 2 Swale Stakes. He is a half-brother to Meadow Blue, a stakes winner of $323,064. Petalino, who has developed such 2-year-olds as Grade 1 winner Great Hunter, has long felt Brickyard Fast was a top prospect. The horse is owned by Baccari Racing Stable.

The Minstrel is one of four stakes to be run at Louisiana Downs on July 3, and Petalino said he might have horses for two other races on the card. Lahaiana Miss will be considered for the $50,000 Princess for 2-year-old fillies. Kick On, a multiple stakes winner who is 4, is a candidate for the $50,000 Barksdale.

"I've been wanting to try him on the grass, and that's my shot," said Petalino.

Kick On and Lahaiana Miss are also based at Lone Star.

Fan club cheers King of Speed

King of Speed, the 11-year-old gelding who has won 2 of 3 starts this meet at Lone Star, figures to go favored in Thursday night's fourth race, a $15,000 starter allowance at a 1 3/8 miles on the grass. His chief rivals include Kite Seeker, a mare who won a starter at this distance a year ago at Lone Star.

King of Speed, who has compiled a 5-for-6 record over the local grass the last two seasons at Lone Star, has inspired a fan club in his old age. Over the weekend, he received a thank-you note with the names of more than 30 people from around North America. The note and some glazed donuts, which are the horse's favorite treat, were delivered by Patty Wilson.

Wilson was able to meet King of Speed on Saturday, when owner Carl Moore invited her to the barn. King of Speed, who is trained by Bret Calhoun, is based at Lone Star. Thursday night, the horse will be charting new territory in the starter allowance as he will be making his first start beyond 1 1/8 miles. King of Speed has won twice at nine furlongs in four starts at that distance. Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount from post 4.

Jockeys vs. Lone Star in benefit

There are two fundraisers for the Don MacBeth Memorial Jockey Fund next week at Lone Star. A doubleheader softball game between the track's jockey colony and its employees will be held Tuesday night at the ballpark adjacent to Lone Star. The suggested ticket donation is $5. The first game will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The following night, next Wednesday, a dinner, show and stick-horse auction will be held in the Champions Ballroom on the second floor of the grandstand at Lone Star. The theme for the show is "Dancing With the Jockeys," and the Even-Money Band led by rider Cliff Berry will provide live music. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the east entrance at Lone Star.