07/09/2010 11:00PM

Coyote Legend regains form back on dirt


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Coyote Legend relished the return to the main track on Saturday, when he picked up his sixth career stakes win in the $75,000 Assault at Lone Star Park. The race was one of four restricted stakes on the Stars of Texas Day program that drew an enthusiastic ontrack crowd of 11,182.

They were treated to a super-tight photo finish between winner Hollye Lynne and No Other Tone in the $50,000 Valor Farm. There was also a pair of nice-priced 2-year-olds who accounted for the two divisions of the $100,000 Texas Stallion Stakes, Simply Gone ($19.20) and Fastation ($12.20).

Coyote Legend was the headline act, though. He is one of the top Texas-breds in training for a record that includes five straight stakes wins between December and May. But he came into the Assault off a rare defeat, a sixth-place finish as the favorite in the $100,000 USA at Lone Star on May 31. The race was Coyote Legend's first on turf, and he did not have his usual finish, according to his regular rider, Bobby Walker Jr. Things were different for the Assault.

"Today, we're back on dirt, and he'd been working like a beast," said Walker.

Coyote Legend ($3.20) surged from the gate in the Assault in an awkward start that caused Walker to lose an iron. But the two recovered, and Coyote Legend quickly moved up into contention in the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas. He stalked the pace down the backside, advanced three-wide on the final turn, and then took the lead at the quarter pole. In the stretch, Coyote Legend held off runner-up Poltergeist by a half-length, covering the distance on a muddy track in 1:43.56.

"The way he came out of the gate, I was lucky to stay on," Walker said. "We were fortunate."

Coyote Legend, a 3-year-old by Gold Legend, is owned by Clarence Scharbauer and trained by Bret Calhoun.

Hollye Lynne by a nose

It took a long time for the results of the Valor Farm to be made official, as Hollye Lynne and No Other Tone were near inseparable at the wire of the six-furlong race for fillies and mares bred in Texas. In the end, the photo went to Hollye Lynne, by a nose over No Other Tone.

Hollye Lynne and jockey Cliff Berry jumped out to the lead at the start of the race and ran the opening half-mile in 44.60 seconds as No Other Tone and jockey Chris Landeros tracked the pace in fourth. Hollye Lynne covered the distance on a track rated good in 1:09.16.

After the race, Berry was as anxious as Landeros to see how the photo went.

"I had my head down," Berry said of the drive. "Chris said he didn't know. I sure didn't know."

Hollye Lynne is trained by Calhoun and races for N 2 Win Racing Partnership.

Fastation clear winner in Stallion Stakes

In the first stakes on the program, the fillies division of the Stallion Stakes, Fastation proved much the best when stalked the pace and rolled home by 3 3/4 lengths over Rush the Net. The winner covered 5 furlongs on a track rated muddy in 1:04.27. Richard Eramia was aboard for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and trainer Steve Asmussen.

Intimidating Woman, a Churchill Downs shipper who was part of a 3-5 entry with Far too Primal, stumbled badly at the start and lost her rider, Landeros, who rode the remainder of the card. Intimidating Woman was picked up by an outrider after the wire.

* Simply Gone rallied up the rail for a one-length win over Allie's Legend in the colts and geldings division of the Stallion Stakes. Martin Escobar was aboard for Bill and Denise Morrison and trainer Allen Milligan.

* Lone Star handled $1,340,261 from all sources on its 10-race card Saturday. The track featured $1 admission and concessions, and enjoyed clear weather after a rainy week.