05/01/2008 12:00AM

Golden Spikes possible for Lone Star Derby


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Golden Spikes, who ran second to Recapturetheglory in last month's Illinois Derby, is being strongly considered for a start in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Derby on May 10, said his trainer, Marty Wolfson. He said the other option for the horse is the Grade 2, $200,000 Peter Pan the same day at Belmont Park in New York.

"We're leaning toward Texas right now," Wolfson said Thursday.

If his connections commit to the race, Golden Spikes would fly in from his Calder base on Tuesday. The horse earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 95 for his performance in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby at Hawthorne on April 5. He removed blinkers for the race, stalked in second, and finished four lengths behind front-running winner Recapturetheglory.

"It was a very strong race," Wolfson said.

Golden Spikes had run fifth in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth at Gulfstream Park one start before the Illinois Derby. He is a son of Seeking the Gold, and his dam, A.P. Interest, is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners Cash Run and Forestry.

Turf debut for Ceasers March

Ceasers March is scheduled to make his turf debut Saturday at Lone Star in a five-furlong allowance for 4-year-olds and up. The purse is $35,000. Ceasers March last raced on March 22, and won the $60,000 Lagniappe Sprint at Fair Grounds. He covered 5 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 1:03.31, and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 93.

"We think the turf will be a good spot, and we think the distance will be great for him," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Ceasers March for Turf Express and Bobby Beck. "He's a very fast horse for five-eighths of a mile."

Calhoun noted that Ceasers March gets good pedigree support for the turf. His sire, Leestown, has gotten several grass winners, among them Lee's Spirit, who captured the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge in his turf debut last week at Lone Star. Calhoun also noted that Old Lee, a stakes-winning full brother to Ceasers March, is a multiple winner on turf. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount on Ceasers March.

* Orphan Brigade, who won an $80,000 optional claimer over multiple stakes winner Indian Chant at Oaklawn the last time he raced on dirt, is a candidate for the $50,000 Ford Express here May 16, said Calhoun.