07/06/2007 11:00PM

Calhoun wins three stakes


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Gold Coyote backed up his 11-length maiden score with a stirring 10-length victory in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on Saturday. The race was one of six restricted stakes worth $475,000 on the annual Stars of Texas Day program at Lone Star Park.

Gold Coyote ($3.20) broke on top under Ramsey Zimmerman, and dueled on the lead with entrymate Five Alarm through a opening quarter of 21.43 seconds. Gold Coyote shook that one off soon afterward, and went on to cover the 5 1/2 furlongs for 2-year-olds in 1:03.04.

"It was just a dominating performance," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Gold Coyote and who also won two other stakes on the program Saturday.

Gold Coyote is now 2-for-3. In his debut, he was off slow and rallied for third. Gold Coyote then won his maiden here May 20, rolling to a 11 3/4-length win to earn a Beyer Figure of 84. Calhoun said he could make his next start in the $70,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup here July 29.

Gold Coyote is a son of Gold Legend. He races for his breeder, Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Calhoun began his stakes success in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial, when Austin Lights ($5.80) darted to a two-length win over a late-running Datrick in the 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds bred in Texas. Cliff Berry was aboard Austin Lights for Alan Booge Racing and Dudding Stable.

In the $50,000 Allen Bogan Memorial, Calhoun sent out Sweet Idea to a wire-to-wire win in the one-mile race for fillies and mares bred in Texas. She drew out by 7 1/4 lengths, and covered the distance in 1:38.27. Berry was aboard for owner Barnett Stables.

Calhoun is the current leading trainer at Lone Star.

Goosey Moose wins third Assault

Goosey Moose won the $75,000 Assault Stakes for the third time in the last four years when he came back for a nose win over Upstream. Goosey Moose also won the race in 2004 and 2005. Dreamsandvisions, the defending champ, rallied for third, 3 1/2 lengths behind Upstream.

Goosey Moose ($7.60) set the pace in the mile and a sixteenth race, lost his advantage in the stretch, and came back along the inside for the win. He covered the distance over a fast track in 1:45.16.

"He really gave it everything he had today," said Quincy Hamilton, who rode Goosey Moose for trainer Danny Pish.

Big effort from Valid Lilly

Valid Lilly ($2.80) stormed to a 6 1/2-length win over Classie Baloo in the $125,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. She was in command throughout the 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies, running the opening quarter in 21.70 and then opening up on the field in the stretch to cover the distance in 1:04.76.

"She's a real runner"” said Luis Quinonez, who rode Valid Lilly for trainer Steve Asmussen.

The win was the third in four career starts for Valid Lilly. In her other career stakes start, she finished second in the $100,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. Valid Lilly races for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

First stakes win for Barker

Sharon Barker collected her first stakes win as a trainer in the $50,000 Valor Farm, when Moneyinmywranglers dug in through the stretch for a length and a half win over pacesetter Foolish Girl.

Moneyinmywranglers ($2.60) sat about a length off of Foolish Girl, who led the field through an opening half-mile in 44.67 seconds. Moneyinmywranglers put in a determined bid late, and covered the six furlongs for 3-year-old fillies bred in Texas in 1:11.23.

The win was the fourth of the meet for Moneyinmywranglers, who was making her stakes debut. She races for Ray Whitley and Barker. Barker has had one other stakes start since she began training in 1994