07/06/2010 12:00AM

It's wait till next year for Goosey Moose


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.