05/08/2012 4:02PM

Lone Star Park: Calhoun eyes stakes for Shockman


Shockman, who won his career debut in a maiden special weight for 2-year-olds last Sunday at Lone Star Park, is now being pointed to the track’s $100,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. The colts and geldings division of the five-furlong race will be run June 16.

“He is going on to the Sales Futurity,” said Calhoun, who trains the horse for his breeders, Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch. “We don’t have any trials; this is the first year we haven’t had them. It’s strictly on earnings.”

Shockman’s win came in one of the first maiden races for 2-year-olds this meet at Lone Star. He broke from the rail and rallied from fifth, to win by a head under jockey Cliff Berry.

“I thought it was pretty impressive,” Calhoun said. “Usually, first-time starters need to be on the lead or right off of it. He had always worked well, but he didn’t have the blistering speed to get out in front, and when he drew the one-hole, I was disheartened. After the race, I was impressed. He took a lot of traffic, a lot of dirt, was able to get outside, and really kicked home strong.”

Shockman is a son of Mutakddim and a half-brother to Shocktime, who won last year’s fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity by 12 lengths. She has since been retired, Calhoun said.

On Thursday night at Lone Star, Calhoun will start Tastefullyexcessive, a full sister to multiple stakes winner Sword Trick; and Brandyice, a half-sister to eight-time stakes winner Tin Top Cat; in a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies bred in Texas.