05/17/2012 11:59AM

Lone Star: Aces N Kings gets prep in Saturday allowance


Aces N Kings, who has a summer goal of making the $50,000 Assault on the main track at Lone Star Park on July 7, will take a step toward that race Saturday when he runs in an allowance feature at the Grand Prairie, Texas, track. The race will be run over 7 1/2 furlongs on turf and it is restricted to 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas.

Aces N Kings is a stakes winner on both turf and dirt, and his versatility is one of the reasons Bill Cunningham recently purchased the horse privately from Ed and Caroline Dodwell. Aces N Kings is now trained by Tony Richey and is based at Louisiana Downs.

“He’s real consistent,” Richey said of Aces N Kings. “He runs short, long, dirt, grass. He’s a nice horse.”

Aces N Kings will be making his third start off a layoff in the fourth race Saturday. He drew the rail and will be ridden by Randall Toups. Others making up the seven-horse field include Red Coyote, the probable favorite on the move back to the statebred ranks after finishing second in an open-company allowance at a mile on turf at Lone Star on April 27.

Leading rider Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Bret Calhoun.

◗ Sam Houston will close out its Quarter Horse meet Saturday afternoon with three stakes, the richest of which is the Grade 3, $72,901 Texas Juvenile Challenge.

◗ There are three Quarter Horse stakes at Delta Downs on Saturday night, led by the $85,195 Louisiana-Bred Graduation.