05/02/2006 11:00PM

Calhoun's just getting warmed up at meeting


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Bret Calhoun's stable is kicking into high gear at Lone Star Park. He won three races here last Friday night, including the allowance feature with Kalyrra, who after a seven-length win is now a top candidate for the $75,000 Lone Star Oaks on July 1.

Calhoun returned a day later and won Saturday's first race. He ranks third in the local standings with 11 wins and is tied for seventh in the national trainer standings with 59 wins in 2006. Calhoun has 50 horses based at Lone Star.

"We ran a lot of seconds and thirds the first week, week and a half," he said of Lone Star. "We ran well, we just ran into one that was better in the spot, or ran into a little tough racing luck here or there. We ran good, it's just I think the next few weeks you'll see some of these horses come back, and I think we could really get into a good groove."

Calhoun has two starters Friday night at Lone Star, with leading contender Magoffin in the third and well-bred first-time starter It's So True in the fourth. Both will be ridden by leading rider Cliff Berry.

Kalyrra was an explosive winner on turf and is the latest 3-year-old filly to come to hand for Calhoun over the past several months. Baghdaria won the Grade 3 Silverbulletday for Calhoun at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs in January. She has been sold and is now in training with Tom Amoss in Kentucky.

Calhoun has also developed Sweet Idea, the winner of the Sam Houston Oaks whom he is pointing for the $100,000 Stonerside over seven furlongs here May 29. He also has four 3-year-old fillies pointing for the $125,000 Got Koko division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star on May 13.

Alpha Male, who was a 6 1/4-length maiden winner here last Friday night, and Private Fight, a recent allowance winner, are candidates for the $125,000 Stymie division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, on May 13.

Calhoun also has divisions of his stable in Chicago and at Louisiana Downs.

Waupaca leads feature Friday

Although the $50,000 Ford Express for Friday night did not fill when entries were taken Wednesday, a suitable feature has been slotted in its place. Stakes winners Waupaca, A R Crackers, Twilight Vision, and Courtly Jazz will meet in the ninth on Friday, a 7 1/2-furlong optional claimer on turf. Waupaca was fourth last out in the Grade 3 Connally Breeders' Cup. His meet objective is the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup here June 17.