08/10/2010 4:16PM

Coyote Legend to lead Calhoun bunch on Prelude Day

Lone Star Park
Coyote Legend will be moving back to open company in the Prelude.

Coyote Legend will lead a large contingent of horses trainer Bret Calhoun has pointing for the Prelude Day card of six stakes at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 28. The races are worth a cumulative $350,000, and are designed as preps for the stakes on next month’s Super Derby Day program Sept. 25.

Calhoun said Coyote Legend is headed to the $100,000 Prelude after breezing five furlongs in a bullet 59.60 seconds at his Remington Park base Aug. 5. Bobby Walker Jr. was aboard for the move, and will have the mount in the Prelude.

“We intended to get a good work in him, and we got a fantastic work from him,” said Calhoun.

Coyote Legend will be moving back into open company after defeating older Texas-breds in the $75,000 Assault at 1 1/16 miles at Lone Star Park on July 10. It was his fifth two-turn stakes win in his last six starts, and for the effort he earned a Beyer Figure of 90. Calhoun said the Prelude, at 1 1/16 miles, was a logical target with Coyote Legend.

“In this region, we’re trying to catch, obviously, a two-turn race for 3-year-olds,” he said.

Calhoun could have four or five other horses in Prelude Day stakes. The stakes-winning Speedacious is targeting the $50,000 Honeymoon. The one-mile turf race is for Louisiana-bred fillies and mares. Speedacious has won her last three starts, her most recent a $20,000 optional claimer at Louisiana Downs on July 24.

Calhoun trainees Gran Lioness and Herp are scheduled to ship in from Kentucky for the 2-year-old stakes on Prelude Day. Both recently won maiden special weight races on turf at Ellis Park.

“They’re two pretty nice 2-year-olds,” Calhoun said.

Herp is by Arch, the sire of recent Grade 1 Whitney winner Blame, and is being pointed for the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo at a mile on turf. Gran Lioness is on deck for the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial for fillies at a mile on turf. Calhoun said Patty’s Pride, an allowance winner at Louisiana Downs last Saturday, is also on deck for the Donnie Wilhite.

“This is a horse that Bobby Jenkins trained and asked me to take for him and the owner to Louisiana Downs and run in that prep, then in the Donnie Wilhite, hopefully,” Calhoun said of formerly Texas-based Patty’s Pride. “So now we’re pointing toward the Donnie Wilhite, and then she’ll go back to Bobby to go in the La Senorita” at Retama Park near San Antonio.

Calhoun said Take Me Home Too, the winner of the $50,000 Laurel Lane last month at Louisiana Downs, will be nominated to the Donnie Wilhite. She could, however, go instead in the $50,000 Opelousas for 2-year-old fillies at Evangeline on Sept. 4 or await winter stakes at Fair Grounds and Delta Downs.

“She got a lot of big-money Louisiana-bred races to point toward,” Calhoun said. “We might completely back up for a little while. I don’t want to do too much right now.”

Take Me Home Too earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 77 for her win in the Laurel Lane. She is a half-sister to Spacelink, a past winner of the California Cup Juvenile who was also third in the Grade 1 Swaps.

Lady Giacamo sidelined until Oaklawn

Lady Giacamo, who rolled a perfect 3-for-3 season at Lone Star and was to run last weekend in the Grade 3 Sorrento at Del Mar, came out of her final work with an injury and will return to the races this winter at Oaklawn, said her trainer, Allen Milligan.

Milligan said Lady Giacamo came out of a July 28 breeze with some pressure in her knee, and subsequently had a small bone chip removed. She is rehabbing at a farm in Texas, and is scheduled to return to Milligan sometime in October.

“I hope to be ready for February,” he said, with a comeback goal being the Martha Washington at a mile at Oaklawn. “I think she’s going to love to go long.”

Lady Giacamo is a daughter of Kentucky Derby winner Giacomo. She has won her three starts by a combined margin of 12 lengths, and in her most recent took the $66,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on June 5.

Date requests in for Oklahoma

Remington Park has requested a 67-date meet for Thoroughbreds for 2011, racing from Aug. 17 to Dec. 10. The schedule mirrors the track’s upcoming season, which will get underway on Aug. 19. The dates will be discussed at the Oklahoma Racing Commision meeting Thursday, and could be awarded in October.

Remington is also seeking a 50-date meet for Quarter Horses, from March 4-May 30.

Will Rogers Downs near Tulsa has asked for a 32-date Thoroughbred meet for 2011, from March 12 through May 21. The track is also seeking a 28-date Quarter horse meet, from Sept. 9 to Nov. 12.

Fair Meadows in Tulsa is seeking a 34-date mixed meet from June 2 to July 24.