07/08/2009 11:00PM

Gold Coyote going longer in Assault


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Back in 1995, Clarence Scharbauer Jr. spent $600,000 on a yearling filly by Seeking the Gold during the September auction at Keeneland. That yearling, Coyote Cafe, is now a member of Scharbauer's broodmare band, and two of her foals will run for him in stakes on the Stars of Texas Day program at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

Gold Coyote will start in the $75,000 Assault, the featured race among four restricted stakes worth a cumulative $375,000. His younger brother, Coyote Legend, goes in the colts and geldings division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes.

Both horses were bred by Scharbauer and raised on his Valor Farm in Pilot Point, Texas. Their mother, Coyote Cafe, was the top-selling filly during the Keeneland sale in 1995, said Ken Carson, general manager of Valor Farm.

"She was a big, grand-looking filly," he said.

Carson said Coyote Cafe was named for a restaurant in New Mexico. She produced Gold Coyote and Coyote Legend on covers to Gold Legend, who now stands in Canada. Both of the brothers are bay, and on April 12 their mother had another bay colt by Gold Legend in a cross that could be looking even better by the end of the Lone Star card Saturday.

Gold Coyote has been one of the region's top sprinters for the past couple of years, but without an upcoming sprint option for him in the region, he will be making a rare two-turn start in the Assault, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas. He comes into the race off a pair of stalking sprint stakes wins, his latest the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial here June 13.

"He seems to be running a little bit different race these days," said trainer Bret Calhoun. "He's settling and relaxing in his races more, and if he'll do that, if he'll run this race like he's run his last couple, it ought to give him a good shot."

Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount on Gold Coyote, who will face a field that includes Ablaze with Spirit, who will add blinkers. Earlier in the meet, he was second by a nose in the $50,000 Premiere, a one-mile race for Texas-breds on April 9.

"He was very unlucky to lose the Premiere this year," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Ablaze with Spirit.

Others making up the eight-horse field include multiple stakes winners Goosey Moose and Dreamsandvisions.

Coyote Legend seeks two straight

Coyote Legend, who won his maiden one race after big brother Gold Coyote won the Carter McGregor, is part of a 11-horse field in his division of the Stallion Stakes. The race will be run over 5 1/2 furlongs, with Range War sure to be well supported off his impressive debut win here May 2.

"He's pretty automatic, pretty professional, pretty straightforward, and pretty talented," said Calhoun, who trains Range War.

Calhoun has the probable favorite in the $125,000 fillies division in Tin Top Cat. In her last start, she won the $88,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity and has thrived since, Calhoun said.

"She's grown up, filled out," he said. "She's changing every day for the better. She's doing fantastic."

Asmussen will counter with Minacious, the runner-up in the TTA and a full sister to Valid Lilly, the 2007 winner of the Stallion Stakes at Lone Star.

"She's Lilly's sister. She acts like her," Asmussen said. "It's just like getting to run Valid Lilly in it, and that's a good thing."

* Wrenice, a multiple-stakes-winning sprinter, will make a rare appearance around two turns in the $50,000 Valor Farm. The one-mile race is for statebred fillies and mares and it drew an excellent group that includes No Other Tone, Moneyinmywranglers, and Taptam. But the horse to beat looks like Wrenice, who in two career starts at the distance has won two restricted stakes in Texas.

* Admission, hot dogs, and sodas are $1 on Saturday.