06/22/2006 12:00AM

Invader Comalagold one to beat


The last time Comalagold was seen at Lone Star Park, she wired a field of optional claimers at 5-1. She won't be near as generous a price on Saturday, when she starts as the probable favorite in Lone Star's $40,000 Miller Lite Stakes.

invades from Louisiana for the five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares. Others in the 11-horse field include Heres a Memory and Seneca Song, who race as a coupled entry for trainer Chris Hartman, and Magic Power, a turf sprint specialist for trainer John Locke.

Larry Robideaux trains Comalagold, and he shipped her to Lone Star in April, when she won the optional claimer at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. Comalagold cut back to five furlongs on turf for her most recent start, and finished second to the front-running Our Love in a money allowance at Louisiana Downs on June 2.

From there, Robideaux targeted the Miller Lite. Comalagold registered what was arguably the most impressive win of her career last year in a five-furlong turf sprint when she closed with a rush for a nose win over top-flight turf sprinter Nicole's Dream in the $40,000 Majorette last October at Louisiana Downs. Comalagold was 25-1.

As the favorite on Saturday, she will break from post 9 under Jamie Theriot. Comalagold could secure a stalking trip behind a few front-runners, such as , who is cross-entered in an undercard race Saturday. Comalagold is an Alabama-bred, and she races for her breeder, Bobby Pruitt.

Heres a Memory used her speed to win an optional claimer on dirt at Lone Star in her last out June 10. She moves back to turf here, and the last time she ran on the grass she was second by a neck in a turf sprint claimer won by Magic Power on May 10. Heres a Memory will be ridden by Alfredo Juarez Jr.

Glen Murphy will ride Seneca Song, a turf sprint stakes winner who was third to last out in a optional claimer on turf at Lone Star on May 25. As for Magic Power, she will cut back to one turn for the Miller Lite, and her last four wins have come in turf sprints, her last two at Lone Star.

* Matty's Song will go for his fifth straight win on Saturday, when he starts in an optional claimer at Lone Star. The six-furlong race also drew stakes-quality runners Lumbre and Grand Bank. Matty's Song began his win streak in February at Oaklawn.