06/28/2005 11:00PM

Janeian crew hoping for firm turf


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The $40,000 Fresa will be twice as fun Friday night. Lone Star Park has split the 1 1/16-mile overnight turf stakes - for fillies and mares who have not won a stakes in 2005 - into two divisions, with the first going as the seventh race. It features a strong matchup between Voz de Colegiala and Janeian.

The second division has been carded as the ninth, and the strong choice is Chitchat Chitchat, who has placed in turf stakes in her last two starts, both at Louisiana Downs.

Voz de Colegiala last raced in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff and finished third in an effort that makes her the one to beat Friday night. Her chief rival appears to be Janeian, a Grade 3 winner whose connections are hoping for firm ground for the Fresa.

"The last two races have been soft turf," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Janeian for Greg England.

Janeian was third in the $50,000 Old South at Louisiana Downs in her last start June 4, and before that race was fifth in a Lone Star allowance May 5. The last time she had firm ground to race over was April 16, when she finished second in the $75,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star.

Janeian owns the field's best record over the Lone Star turf, with three victories and three second-place finishes from eight starts. She won the Irving Distaff at the track in 2004, and following the meet went on to capture the Royal Heroine at Hollywood Park. The Fresa could be her final career start at Lone Star.

"She's kind of at the twilight of her career," said Calhoun. "We're not going to run her too many more times this year. She's going to probably be retired and go to the Keeneland November sale."

Janeian, 7, has won 9 of 40 starts and $393,184.

Bob O's Boy to Round Table

Bob O's Boy is one of several horses Calhoun is pointing for upcoming stakes. A winner of 3 of 4 starts, including all three of his races at the meet, Bob O's Boy will make his next start in the $100,000 Round Table for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles at Arlington Park on July 16.

Crescent Lake, another three-time winner at the Lone Star meet for Calhoun, will make her next start in one of two races. She will be considered for the $50,000 Valor Farm for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs, or the $100,000 Allen Bogan for fillies and mares at one mile. Both races are restricted to horses bred in Texas, and both will be held at Lone Star on July 9.

Calhoun also has four fillies pointing for the $125,000 Pan Zareta division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, also July 9. Cats Legend earned her spot in the race last Saturday, when she routed a field of 2-year-old fillies in an impressive maiden win at Lone Star.

"We've been high on her for a long time," said Calhoun. "We've been fortunate to have several nice 2-year-old fillies this year."

Other fillies Calhoun is pointing for the Pan Zareta are Dyna's Gold Legend, Sauternes, and Final Trick. Calhoun said Majestic Date is possible for the colts division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Hot run for Calhoun

Calhoun has won with seven of his last 14 starters at Lone Star, where he ranks second in the standings to Steve Asmussen. So far this meet, Calhoun has won 42 races from 155 starters for a 27-percent win clip, and overall this year he ranks eighth in trainer victories in North America with 89.

Calhoun has additional divisions of his stable at Arlington and Louisiana Downs, and after Lone Star closes he will send more horses to those tracks and set up shop at Remington Park.