07/04/2007 11:00PM

Gold Coyote in off big win


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Gold Coyote has been arguably the most impressive of the nine 2-year-old winners trainer Bret Calhoun has had this meet at Lone Star Park. He romped by 11 3/4 lengths in a

maiden special weight here May 20 to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 84. That performance makes Gold Coyote a top choice when he takes on stakes winner Namesake and the promising Spark Plug on Saturday in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

The 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds is one of six restricted stakes on the annual Stars of Texas Day card. Purses for the races are a cumulative $475,000.

Gold Coyote began his career on April 19, finishing a troubled third as the odds-on favorite in an open-company maiden race at 4 1/2 furlongs. One start later came the double-digit score, in which he covered five furlongs in 58.20 seconds.

"We liked him all winter long," said Calhoun. "He looked like he was one of the fastest we had of the early ones. In his first out, he drew the one-hole and walked away from there and came running. And in the next out, he drew outside, broke, and it was pretty much over."

Gold Coyote, a son of the Seattle Slew stallion Gold Legend, shows some nice works in preparation for his stakes debut Saturday.

"The colt's got a lot of scope," said Calhoun. "I think that he's got a lot of speed, and it looks like he can carry it farther. He looks like a good prospect."

Gold Coyote will break from post 2 under Ramsey Zimmerman. He is coupled with Five Alarm for owner Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Namesake ran the best race of his career in the $100,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity here June 9. He won by

3 3/4 lengths to earn a Beyer Figure of 82.

"We were very pleased with his race," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Namesake. "I think he came out of it well, and hopefully it's a good spot back."

Asmussen said Namesake, who drew post 7, likes to be up in the race. He is coupled with Groomsman. Luis Quinonez is named on both halves of the entry.

Fillies division: Valid Lilly favored

Valid Lilly, a winner of 2 of 3 starts for Asmussen, will go favored in the $125,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. Her chief rivals in the 5 1/2-furlong race appear to be Glitter's Forum and Formal Flyer.

Valid Lilly won her maiden here April 20. She returned to win a trial race for the $100,000 fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity in her next start, May 24. In the finale, Valid Lilly set the pace and finished second by a half-length. She earned a Beyer Figure of 72, the highest last-race number in the field Saturday. Valid Lilly is a daughter of top Texas stallion Valid Expectations, a multiple graded winner who was also trained by Asmussen.

"Along the family lines, she's very easy to be around, easy on herself, and shows up when it counts," he said.

Bogan: Sweet Idea back on dirt

Sweet Idea makes a meaningful class move for the $50,000 Allen Bogan Memorial, a one-mile race for fillies and mares bred in Texas. In her last start, she was seventh in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff to graded-stakes winner Lady of Venice.

The Ouija Board was run on turf, a surface over which Sweet Idea is multiple stakes-placed. For the Bogan, she is back on dirt, where she is a multiple stakes winner.

"I think she's a little better on the dirt for sure," said Calhoun, who trains Sweet Idea. "And I think the soft turf against those kind of horses last time was definitely not our deal. Coming back on the dirt against Texas-breds, I think she'll be very tough."

Cliff Berry has the mount on Sweet Idea.

* Moneyinmywranglers can roll a perfect meet with a win in the $50,000 Valor Farm for 3-year-old fillies bred in Texas. She has won all three of her starts here, all at the six-furlong distance of the Valor Farm. Trainer Sharon Barker has given the mount to Richard Eramia.

* Austin Lights, who is in top form, meets stakes winners Be a Resident, Datrick, and I Spy Wolfie in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial. The 6 1/2-furlong race is for 3-year-olds bred in Texas. Calhoun trains Austin Lights, and has given the mount to Berry.