05/20/2011 3:54PM

Flat Out under consideration for the Lone Star Handicap or Met Mile


Flat Out, a stakes winner who won a $40,000 optional claiming allowance route at Fair Grounds in his last start Dec. 5, has been training forwardly at Churchill Downs and is being considered for a start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 30, said his trainer, Charles “Scooter” Dickey.

“He’s doing real good, and we’re looking for a race for him,” Dickey said Friday. “We nominated him to the Met Mile and the Lone Star Handicap, and we’re going to look the nominations over.”

The Grade 1, $500,000 Metropolitan Handicap is also May 30, at Belmont Park.

Dickey said if Flat Out ships to Lone Star he will either van or fly in, with a plane from Louisville scheduled to arrive in Dallas next Friday, May 27.

Aide pointing for Cinemine

Aide, who last fall won a first-level allowance at Churchill Downs by more than 19 lengths, is being pointed for the $75,000 Cinemine for 3-year-old fillies at Lone Star Park on May 30, said trainer Al Stall Jr. She is to breeze for the race Sunday at Louisiana Downs.

The Cinemine, at seven furlongs, is one of six stakes that will make up the Lone Star Million Day program on Memorial Day.

Aide last raced on April 17 and finished fourth in the Grade 2 Beaumont at Keeneland. Before that race, she was second by a neck in the $59,000 Mardi Gras at Fair Grounds.

“She should fit in the Cinemine,” said Stall.

Calhoun eyes Million Day

Lone Star leading trainer Bret Calhoun has several runners under consideration for the Million Day stakes. He said Coyote Legend, a multiple stakes winner on dirt who accounted for a turf allowance at Lone Star in his last start May 7, has been nominated to both the Lone Star Handicap and the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup.

Grant Jack, the winner of the $250,000 Springboard Mile last December at Remington Park, is possible for the $200,000 Lone Star Derby. It will be the race’s first running on turf, a surface Grant Jack was third over in a Keeneland allowance last October.

“For the Lone Star Derby we could run Grant Jack, depending on how it comes up,” said Calhoun.

Calhoun also has four runners nominated to the $75,000 Valid Expectations for fillies and mares at six furlongs: Gleaming, who is stakes-placed; Beat the Blues, who won a $100,000 optional claimer at Keeneland in her last start April 29; and stakes winners Speedacious and Tin Top Cat.
The stable’s options for the Cinemine include Gran Lioness, winner of the $75,000 Prima Donna at Oaklawn in March, and Grandacious, a 12-length allowance winner at Lone Star on April 23.

My Star Runner on turf

My Star Runner, a multiple stakes winner on dirt, makes a rare appearance on turf Sunday in the featured seventh race at Lone Star. The $50,000 optional claiming sprint at five furlongs also drew Future Covenant, who invades off a fourth-place finish in an allowance at Keeneland.
My Star Runner has raced once on turf and won his maiden on the surface at Louisiana Downs last July. He has gone on to win four races on dirt, among them the $100,000 Premiere Night Sprint at Delta in February.

My Star Runner drew post 4, and might get a stalking trip behind Future Covenant, who set the pace in his last start, and Tomahawk Creek, a front-runner who drew the rail. Luis Quinonez will ride My Star Runner for trainer Cody Autrey.

* Where’s Cain brings strong recent Beyer Figures into the third race Sunday at Louisiana Downs, a $10,000 optional claimer at 6 1/2 furlongs restricted to horses bred in Louisiana.