05/04/2010 11:00PM

Flow of Lone Star Derby may suit Crider


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Crider is a stalker who could find himself in the garden spot Saturday in the Lone Star Derby. He was one of six horses entered in the Grade 3, $200,000 race that drew an ample amount of pace, led by two-time allowance winner Henshin Hero.

"He's up front sprinting, so I assume he'll be up front routing," trainer Bret Calhoun said of Henshin Hero.

Game On Dude, who will add blinkers for trainer Bob Baffert, and Wando Red, who wired a maiden special weight sprint last month at Evangeline Downs, could also be with the pace in the Lone Star Derby. The field is rounded out by Thatlleaveamark, the race's lone two-turn winner, and Gilded Woodman, a maiden.

The Lone Star Derby is the richest of three stakes on the card Saturday. It will be supported by two $100,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes, with the Stymie for 3-year-olds drawing stakes winners Coyote Legend and Big Texas Daddy. Tin Top Cat, a multiple stakes winner, leads the fillies division, the Got Koko.

Crider drew post 6, with all the speed situated to his inside. He will be making his first start since the Oaklawn meet, when he rallied for fourth in two route stakes that were won by front-runners. Crider was five lengths behind Dryfly in the $100,000 Smarty Jones on Jan. 18, and five lengths behind Conveyance in the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest on Feb. 20.

After those races, Crider made one more start at Oaklawn and finished second in a first-level optional $50,000 claimer at 1 1/16 miles on March 27. Saturday, he will attempt to give his trainer, Steve Asmussen, his first win in the Lone Star Derby. Asmussen, who leads all trainers in wins in North America, is the all-time winningest trainer at Lone Star. He has run second or third in the Lone Star Derby six times since 2000.

Aaron Gryder has the mount on Crider for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

The complete field, with riders, from the rail is: Wando Red, Chris Landeros; Gilded Woodman, Jorge Guzman; Thatlleaveamark, Martin Escobar; Game On Dude, Martin Garcia; Henshin Hero, Bobby Walker Jr.; and Crider.

The Lone Star Derby will go as the ninth on a 10-race card. Last year, the stakes was worth $400,000, and was won by the Baffert-trained Mythical Power. The forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy skies and highs in the mid-70s.