Updated on 09/18/2011 12:25AM

His Eyes, Sweet Idea clicking for Calhoun


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Bret Calhoun came within a head of sweeping both stakes last Saturday at Lone Star Park, when His Eyes captured the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup and Sweet Idea finished second in a photo in the $60,000 Lone Star Oaks.

His Eyes is on top of his game right now. He cruised to a 3 1/2-length front-running victory and earned a 90 Beyer Speed Figure in the Alysheba. One start earlier, His Eyes won a one-mile allowance by 8 1/2 lengths and earned a career-best Beyer of 92.

"He's pretty brave right now," Calhoun said. "He's got his old heart pumped up pretty good right now."

Calhoun and Carl Moore, who owns His Eyes, have not made next-race plans for His Eyes. A winner of 4 of 7 starts, he is being considered for stakes in the region. One option, Calhoun said, is the $100,000 Prelude for 3-year-olds at 1 1/16 miles at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 1.

"I'd love to keep him between a mile and a mile and a sixteenth," said Calhoun. "I would say that would be ideal. It's going to be a little hard to find something other than stakes at this point for him because he's a 3-year-old with no conditions."

Moore claimed His Eyes for $20,000 in March. One appeal was the colt's pedigree, Calhoun said. His Eyes is a son of the Forty Niner stallion Gold Case. According to Calhoun, Moore previously owned several horses that he liked who were sired by Gold Case.

His Eyes is out of the mare Nothing by Chance, who won 16 races. He was bred in Kentucky.

Sweet Idea has also had a big meet at Lone Star. She was second by a head to Brownie Points in the $100,000 Stonerside at 24-1 on May 29, then came back and fought to the wire in the Oaks.

"She ran huge," Calhoun said, adding that he was "very proud of her and very happy in one way and very heartbroken in another to take two head losses two races in a row."

Sweet Idea, winner of the Sam Houston Oaks, races for Barnett Stables. Calhoun said she is being pointed for the $50,000 Senorita at 1 1/16 miles on dirt at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 5. Aly's Vow, who edged Sweet Idea in the Lone Star Oaks, is also being considered for the Senorita.

Wait in Line headed to Prelude

His Eyes is not the only Lone Star-based runner with an eye to the Prelude. Trainer Chris Hartman said he is freshening Wait in Line and will point him for that race.

"Then we'd go to the Super Derby," he said. "That's our game plan right now."

The Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at 1 1/8 miles will be run at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 23.

Wait in Line last raced on June 30, finishing third in the $250,000 Iowa Derby at Prairie Meadows and earning a career-best Beyer Figure of 98. Earlier this meet he was second in both the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge and the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby.

Wait in Line races for Frontier Stable.

Sweepingly goes for six in a row

The Hartman-trained Sweepingly will bid for his sixth straight win on Friday night in the featured ninth race, an optional claimer to be run over five furlongs on turf. He began his win streak at Sunland Park in April, and during that time has gone from $10,000 claimer to winner of the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint.

Sweepingly's last four wins have come at Lone Star, with two victories on turf and two on the main track. He last raced in a starter allowance at 5 1/2 furlongs, and he won by a neck under Alfredo Juarez Jr., who has never lost aboard Sweepingly.

Sweepingly has also won all five starts he has made for Hartman.

"He's just thriving right now," Hartman said. "I think he really likes this Lone Star environment. He's just doing good right now."

Sweepingly is a front-runner who must face a number of other speed horses on Friday. With a win, however, Sweepingly would equal Saf Link's record of five wins in a Lone Star meet. Saf Link went 5 for 5 in 2005.

Sweepingly races for Carl David Pleasant.

Stockholder eyes Nebraska stakes

Stockholder was on cruise control last month when he rolled to a 6 3/4-length win in an allowance here June 25. He earned a Beyer Figure of 91.

"He looked good," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Stockholder for Dapple Stable.

Asmussen said Stockholder will likely make his next start in the $100,000 Omaha Stakes at one mile at Horsemen's Park in Omaha, Neb., on July 23. Stockholder has run some of his biggest races at the distance, including the allowance win last out and a runner-up finish in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star in April.

* Lone Star had a fireworks show after the races both Sunday and Monday night, and drew more than 38,000 patrons over that two-day period. Attendance on Sunday was 17,617, and on Monday the crowd was 20,736.

* Stars of Texas Day, with six restricted stakes worth $465,000, is Saturday.