09/26/2007 11:00PM

Gold Coyote being rested

EmailGold Coyote, who owns one of the year's highest 2-year-old Beyer Speed Figures, is being freshened and will resume racing during the Fair Grounds meet in New Orleans, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun.

Gold Coyote, who earned a Beyer of 100 for his 10-length victory in the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park on July 7, last raced on Sept. 1. He finished fifth as the favorite in the Grade 3 Arlington-Washington Futurity at Arlington Park. Calhoun said that Gold Coyote, making his first start outside of Texas, did not handle the Polytrack.

"We got him home, went over him, and everything checked out good," said Calhoun, who trains Gold Coyote for Clarence Scharbauer Jr. "We decided to give him a two-month break, and we'll start training on him again Nov. 1. We look for him next year at the Fair Grounds."

Calhoun said Gold Coyote is a candidate for the 3-year-old series that begins with the Grade 3, $100,000 Lecomte at a mile on Jan. 12. He is turned out at Valor Farm, the Pilot Point, Texas, facility owned by Scharbauer.

Gold Coyote has won 3 of 5 starts, including the Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star July 29. In that race he earned a Beyer Figure of 97. His Beyer of 100 is tied for third-highest among 2-year-olds in 2007.

Dill or No Dill sold

The juvenile filly Dill or No Dill, who defeated colts in the $50,000 Clever Trevor at Remington Park on Sept. 3, has been sold to Winning Move Stable for an undisclosed price and was shipped to trainer Gary Contessa in New York. Joe Petalino, who is based at Remington, trained Dill or No Dill for Chris Baccari. In addition to her Clever Trevor score, she won her maiden at Lone Star and finished third there in the Silver Spur Breeders' Cup in July.

But it was her effort in the Clever Trevor that caught the eye of bloodstock agents Mark Reid and Jay Etheridge. Last week, the deal to sell her closed and she was vanned to New York. Contessa said she could make her next start in the Grade 1, $400,000 Frizette at Belmont Park on Oct. 6.

"I tell you what, she exudes class," Contessa said from New York on Wednesday. "She acts like she's been here her whole life. She's very, very level-headed and even-keeled, and I love that in a horse. She acts extremely classy and she's already accomplished an awful lot for a 2-year-old, so I'm very pleased with the way she is. I'm really happy."

Dill or No Dill earned a Beyer Figure of 84 in the Clever Trevor.

"After she beat the boys last month, she got on our radar," said Reid. "And her numbers stack up favorably with fillies around the country."

Contessa and his connections wanted a 2-year-old filly that would be competitive this winter in New York. Dill or No Dill is the second high profile 2-year-old sale out of the Petalino barn in the last year. Great Hunter, who was a maiden winner for Petalino in 2006 at Lone Star, was sold soon afterward and went on to capture the Grade 1 Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland.

Von Hemel loaded for Classics Day

Trainer Donnie Von Hemel has eight horses under consideration for various races on the Oklahoma Classics Day program Saturday night at Remington. The card will feature eight divisional races for eligible Oklahoma-breds, for total stakes purses of $500,000.

Von Hemel's starters are expected to include stakes winners D Fine Okie, Notable Okie, Marq French, and Classic Actress.

Zee Oh Six, who has won three runnings of the $100,000 Classic, tuned up for the race Sunday by working five furlongs in 59.40 seconds at Remington. Cliff Berry has the mount Saturday for trainer Joe Lucas.

Calhoun said he plans to start Carsoncityprospect and No Lak of Silver in the $60,000 Filly and Mare Sprint on Classics Day.

* My Three Sisters, who won the $50,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington on Sept. 3, will return to the overnight ranks for the featured eighth race Friday night. She will start in a $65,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf. Luis Quinonez has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.