06/18/2007 11:00PM

Gyrovagi aims to build on maiden sprint win


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Gyrovagi is a term that means wandering monk, but for those handicapping the featured eighth race Thursday night at Lone Star Park, it means the horse to beat. Gyrovagi will go favored in the first-level allowance sprint following a flashy maiden win for which he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 90. He also is bred to be a nice one as a half-brother to Bedanken, a multiple Grade 3 winner of $539,629.

The chief threat in the six-furlong race appears to be Super Danny, who is seeking his fifth straight win Thursday.

Gyrovagi won his maiden in his third career start May 28, when he stalked the pace and drew clear by 3o1/2 lengths in a six-furlong maiden special weight race. It was run in the slop, and he covered the distance in 1:11.20. Gyrovagi, a 4-year-old by Saint Ballado, was making his first start for trainer Donnie Von Hemel after launching his career last year at Gulfstream with a sixth-place finish in a maiden special weight. He shipped to the Lone Star-based Von Hemel on April 1.

"He ran a pretty nice race his first trip," Von Hemel said of the May 28 win. "It was his first out in a year, and he placed himself well and finished up good. He did everything like he knew what his job is. We'll see what he can do with winners."

Quincy Hamilton has the mount on Gyrovagi. Von Hemel said he is still learning about the horse, but would look for him to perhaps track the pace, as he did in his last start.

Gyrovagi could sit off the rail-drawn Super Danny, who is moving into the allowance ranks after winning a $15,000 claiming race May 26. Trainer Chris Hartman has given the mount to Richard Eramia.

Night stakes suit Mystery Classic

It was a surprise that Mystery Classic, one of the top Texas-bred sprinters in training, did not go in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Memorial here Saturday. But there is a reason he skipped the race, trainer Bob Schultz said. There is a deliberate plan in place this summer for Mystery Classic, who will start next in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint on July 4.

Mystery Classic does not tolerate the heat well, and with that race to be run at night this year, it is the best fit, Schultz said.

"That race Saturday was in the middle of the day and the Fourth of July race is going to be at night, when they have the fireworks," he said. "When I got this horse last year, he didn't sweat real good, and you've got to try to pick some spots for him. We're trying to keep him running in night races, if we can. That's what our plans are. He's still sweating, but we're trying to make sure that he continues to sweat."

Mystery Classic won six straight races last year, a streak that included a turf sprint allowance win. He last raced June 1 and finished fourth by a length in a turf sprint. The allowance was Mystery Classic's first start since Dec. 23.

Schultz won the Carter McGregor, anyway, on Saturday with Toga Too ($11). He said he has yet to determine the next spot for the horse, who picked up his first stakes win in the Texas-bred event.

Namesake to Texas Stallion Stakes

Namesake, who won his maiden in the $95,130 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on June 9, will make his next start in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes here July 7, trainer Steve Asmussen said. Valid Lilly, runner-up in the fillies division of the TTA, is being pointed for the fillies division of the Stallion Stakes the same day, Asmussen said.

* Jockey Luis Quinonez has been suspended seven calendar days, through June 27, for a riding infraction. The suspension stems from the eighth race on June 14, in which his mount, Mighty Mambo, was disqualified from fifth and placed seventh. Quinonez is the fifth-leading rider at Lone Star, and was the leading rider at Oaklawn.

* Jacquelyn Rich, a veterinarian, has been elected president of the TTA. She is the first woman president of the 52-year-old breeders' organization, which is based in Austin.