07/14/2010 5:15PM

Goosey Moose, turned out, will miss this year's Assault


Goosey Moose will miss the $75,000 Assault at Lone Star Park on Saturday for the first time in six years, but his trainer, Danny Pish, hopes he can make the 2011 running. The race is the main event on the annual Stars of Texas Day program each July.

Goosey Moose has won the Assault four times, starting with his first appearance in the race, in 2004. His most recent score came last year, at the age of 8. Goosey Moose seemed on his way to another Assault appearance until this past winter, when he sustained a ligament injury in a workout at Sam Houston.

“He strained his left suspensory, and so I just turned him out,” Pish said. “It’s a sprained ankle in human terms. He’s been out quite some time now. I want to give him really eight, 10 months, maybe even a full calendar year, before I start back training on him, then try to point him to the Assault next year.”

Pish said if Goosey Moose were to show signs that he is not fully healed after he resumes training, then he will be retired.

“I want to give him ample time to make sure that I give his body time to heal,” Pish said. “We’ll probably pick him up about January or something. That would put me six months from the Assault, and that’s about where I want to be. I’m still thinking he can come back for another shot at it. I think there’s a good shot he’ll heal.”

Goosey Moose also won the Assault in 2005 and 2007.

In his absence, the Assault focus could be on 3-year-olds Coyote Legend, a multiple stakes winner, and Fudge Truffle, a 15-length maiden winner who was fourth in last year’s Grade 2 Remsen. They are among the nominees to the 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas. The card Saturday will also include the $50,000 Valor Farm for fillies and mares, and two $100,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Schultz runners eye turf options

Trainer Bob Schultz hopes to be doing some significant business over the Louisiana Downs turf course in the next few months. Lee’s Spirit, who won the track’s $50,000 Barksdale with a late burst Saturday, has two more local stakes objectives on his calendar, while quality 2-year-old filly Dixieland Bull is set to try two turns for the first time in an upcoming turf stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Lee’s Spirit improved his earnings to more than $400,000 with his win in the Barksdale, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race for older horses that he won by a 1 1/4 lengths. For the effort, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88. It was the sixth career stakes win for Lee’s Spirit, a Louisiana-bred who defeated open company Saturday.

“There are two more races we can run him in here,” Schultz said. “It will be open company.”

The first is the $50,000 Shiskabob at a mile on turf Aug. 28. The other is the $50,000 Unbridled at 1 1/16 miles on turf Sept. 25.

Dixieland Bull, an allowance winner over males last month at Louisiana Downs, is on deck for the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf Aug. 28.

“She’s bred to stretch out, so we’ll try to stretch her out,” Schultz said. “We’ll see if she can handle a route of ground.”

Dixieland Bull is by Holy Bull, sire of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacamo. Her dam is Placid Star, a three-time stakes winner at two turns, with one of those wins coming on the grass at Fair Grounds. Placid Star also won an overnight handicap at about a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs back in 2004.Dixieland Bull was in action at the track Saturday, and finished second as the favorite in the $50,000 Princess.