08/15/2006 11:00PM

Calhoun follows the money to Remington


Trainer Bret Calhoun is stepping up his presence at Remington Park. He has moved 40 horses into the track for the recently opened meet there, up from the 28 head he kept here last season when he captured the training title. Among his top local runners are Be a Resident, an undefeated 2-year-old, and Lumbre, a candidate for the $50,000 Silver Goblin on Saturday.

"We're here because of the purses," said Calhoun, who also has divisions in Illinois and Louisiana. "It's something we've been planning for a while, knowing the slots were coming. We got up here and kind of got our feet wet last year, and had a really, really good meet with a smaller stable. We've [brought] quite a bit better horses, and more."

Calhoun has the right kind of stable to lock up a second title. "It's pretty balanced," he said. "We've got a little bit of everything. There's young horses, older horses, claiming horses, stakes-caliber horses, and 2-year-olds that haven't started. It's a very broad mixture."

Calhoun will also have more Oklahoma-breds on hand this meet. In addition to Lumbre, they include a promising maiden winner in Carsoncityprospect, as well as No Lak of Silver, an unraced daughter of Silver Deputy.

Be a Resident gives him a strong hand with 2-year-olds, as he figures to start as the favorite in the $50,000 Clever Trevor on Sept. 4. Calhoun has a long history of developing good juveniles, among his trainees Cactus Ridge and Cowboy Dan.

Friday night, he will start China Cobra in the featured seventh race, and the colt could give Calhoun his first win of the Remington season from three starters. The horse to beat is Hot Foot Slew, a Roger Engel trainee who has won his last three races.

Calhoun has about 90 horses in training and is the seventh leading trainer in North America in wins.

Trial by Jury considered for DeBartolo

Trial by Jury, who won the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup in June, is one of 10 horses trainer Bruce Jackson has on hand for the new Remington meet. He said the horse will be considered for the $150,000 Edward J. DeBartolo at Remington on Sept. 4.

Jackson, in his first season at Remington, said most of his barn is made up of turf runners. Jackson also races in Southern California and at Lone Star. Earlier in his career, he trained multiple Grade 1 winner In Excess.

Retama: Early favorite for El Joven

Eldon's Effort stamped himself as the early favorite for the $100,000 El Joven next month at Retama Park with his stirring allowance win at the San Antonio-area track last Sunday. The El Joven, for 2-year-olds at a mile on turf, will be run Sept. 2.

The allowance was Eldon's Effort's second win in three starts, and he stalked and pounced his way to a half-length victory. It was his first start on turf and his first around two turns, and he covered the 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:32.03, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 70.

"I thought he ran well," said Bob Young, who trains Eldon's Effort. "I was pleased with the time they ran over that track. It's not a very fast turf course. And that was a real nice horse that he beat."

The runner-up in the allowance was Meaux Power. Young said Eldon's Effort is now being pointed for the El Joven.

Eldon's Effort launched his career at Lone Star with a front-running win over 5 1/2 furlongs, earning a Beyer Figure of 79. The runner-up from the race, Locomotion, won his maiden earlier this month at Remington, and the third-place finisher from the race, Dream of Angels, returned to win a stakes at Lone Star.

"The colt's a real professional," Young said of Eldon's Effort. "Indications are that he could be a pretty nice colt."

Eldon's Effort is a Storm Boot colt who races for Gentry Farms.

Countdown on for Gondron

Greggo, who rallied from farther back than usual in his most recent start, could be a slight favorite in the featured eighth race Friday night at Retama. The first-level allowance will be run over 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, and it drew a well-matched field of 10.

Greggo closed from 11th, some nine lengths off the pace, to finish third at this distance and level last out at Lone Star. The runner-up from that race, Summer Stepper, returned in his next start to win a first-level allowance on turf at Remington Park.

Ted Gondron has the mount on Greggo for leading trainer Jim Bausch. Gondron was three wins from career victory 2,000 entering the races on Thursday. He is tied for third in the standings at Retama, behind leader Roman Chapa.