05/06/2010 12:00AM

Coyote Legend eyes five in row


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Coyote Legend likes to win stakes in bunches, and on Saturday he will be a strong favorite to make it five in a row in the $100,000 Stymie division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park.

The 1 1/16-mile race is one of three stakes for 3-year-olds on the card. The program is led by the Grade 3, $200,000 Lone Star Derby.

Coyote Legend had been a consideration for the Lone Star Derby, but his connections ultimately decided to stick with their longtime plan of running in the Stallion Stakes. The horse won the one-mile division of the restricted series in February, and while awaiting the latest division defeated older Texas-breds in the $50,000 Premiere at a mile at Lone Star on April 8.

"I was proud of him because he overcame some different obstacles," Bret Calhoun, who trains Coyote Legend, said of the win in the Premiere. "It was the first time he was put in a little different position."

Coyote Legend made his move earlier than usual, after being swept up into the race by his competition. It made for a longer drive, but he prevailed by a half-length to win his fourth straight stakes since December. Coyote Legend had won the $50,000 Groovy for statebreds at Sam Houston in December, followed by the $60,000 Triple Sec at two turns at Delta Downs on Jan. 15 and the $125,000 Jim's Orbit division of the Stallion Stakes on Feb. 20.

Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount on Coyote Legend, who will break from post 4. The field also includes stakes winner Big Texas Daddy and impressive debut winner El Oso.

Calhoun will also have the probable favorite, Tin Top Cat, in the $100,000 Got Koko division of the Stallion Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. She is a four-time stakes winner, and is moving back to two turns off a runner-up finish in the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes for statebred fillies and mares here April 10.

"She looked like she had the race won, then Formal Flyer came way on the outside, and I don't think she ever saw her," Calhoun said. "I thought she ran a big race, and just got beat."

Walker has the mount from post 2.