07/16/2007 11:00PM

Komax goes for six in a row


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Komax, who has won his last five starts, will take on stakes winners Random Gold and Lineofbull in a competitive feature race Thursday night at Lone Star Park. A mix of established and promising horses are entered in the $35,000 optional claimer, which will be run at 6 1/2 furlongs. The feature will go as the eighth on a nine-race card.

"There's a lot of quality depth in here," said Donnie Von Hemel, who will send out the up-and-coming Gyrovagi for Pin Oak Stable. "There's horses that have been running and winning, and running big figures. It's a real test for our horse."

Gyrovagi, a half-brother to Grade 3 winner Bedanken, is 2 for 2 at the meet. He won his maiden here May 28. Gyrovagi then came back in a first-level allowance on June 21. He sat just off the pace under regular rider Quincy Hamilton, and went on to win the six-furlong race in a sharp 1:09.80. Gyrovagi earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 91, a last-race number that he shares with Trouble Now as the highest in Thursday's field.

Komax, who earned a Beyer Figure of 90 for his win in a $25,000 claiming race in his last start June 2, could be a slight favorite. A 9-year-old, he began his win streak at Sunland Park on Feb. 13, when he won a $15,000 claiming race. Adding to Komax's appeal is that three of his wins during the streak have come at 6 1/2 furlongs. Richard Eramia has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Asmussen will also send out Random Gold, who invades from Churchill Downs off a fifth-place finish in a $40,000 claimer on May 12. The gelding finished no worse than second in his seven starts last year, among his victories a stakes at Remington Park. Random Gold worked a bullet four furlongs in 48.20 seconds for Thursday's race. He will be ridden by Luis Quinonez.

Lineofbull ran the best race of his career at seven furlongs, when he captured the $75,000 Sprint Championship at Remington in October. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount for trainer Joe Petalino. Adding further depth to the race is Davids Expectation, a front-runner who has won 3 of his last 4 starts. He is the field's highest earner with a bankroll of $549,012. Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Cody Autrey.

Wrenice to return in Lakeway

Trainer Randy Mayfield has targeted the $45,000 Lakeway Stakes at Retama Park on Sept. 8 as the comeback race for Wrenice. A multiple stakes winner, she injured a ligament in May, and has been back in training for the past two weeks. Wrenice last raced on April 28, when she won the $50,000 Richland Hills Farm Stakes at Lone Star.

"She's come back 100 percent," said Mayfield. "She's doing good."

Mayfield said Wrenice could try turf for the first time this fall. He said a goal later this year would be the $45,000 Selma, a five-furlong turf race for 3-year-old fillies bred in Texas. The race will be run at Retama on Oct. 13.

"Then we could go test the waters with her down at Fair Grounds," said Mayfield.

Wrenice has won six stakes and $359,346.

Stakes option for Vengeful Shadow

Vengeful Shadow, who won her maiden in a 7 1/2-furlong turf race for 2-year-old fillies Friday, could move into stakes company for her next start, said Donnie Von Hemel. He said she is a candidate for the $75,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 18.

Vengeful Shadow is out of the multiple-stakes-winning mare Vengeful Val.

Joe Move sets five-furlong record

Joe Move ($14) set a course record for five furlongs on turf in the ninth race Sunday, when he covered the distance in 55.13 seconds. He lowered the mark of 55.60 set by Caro's Royalty on June 28, 1997.

Joe Move won by 2 3/4 lengths under Eguard Tejera. He is owned and trained by Richard Bird.

Martin wins again on Wish Again

Wish Again and jockey Eddie Martin Jr. have been quite a team at Lone Star. She was Martin's first Lone Star mount last month upon his relocation here from Belmont, and she won a conditioned claimer at 82-1.

Wish Again and Martin were back in the winner's circle on Sunday after winning another conditioned claimer. This time, Wish Again paid $8.80. She is trained by Jim Bausch.

* Jockey Justin Shepherd won four of the 10 races run here Sunday. Three of his wins were for trainer Jorge Lara.

* Smooth Bid, who is 2 for 2 at the meet, is being pointed for the $50,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at a mile on turf here Saturday, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen.