05/05/2011 1:36PM

Lone Star Park: Coyote Legend seeks a better start

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Coyote Legend and Aces N Kings, who have won 10 stakes between them, will meet for the first time Saturday in a Lone Star Park turf allowance for 3-year-olds and up bred in Texas.

The 7 1/2-furlong allowance leads the track’s 12-race program.

Coyote Legend established himself as one of the top Texas-breds in training last year at 3, when he won five stakes, including two over older rivals. He comes into Saturday’s allowance off a second-place finish in the $50,000 Premiere at Lone Star on April 14.

Coyote Legend, under Jamie Theriot, was the favorite in the one-mile Premiere based on his strong record. But he ended up racing farther back than usual after breaking through the gate prior to the start.

“He false-broke and that cost us the race,” said Bret Calhoun, who trains Coyote Legend for his breeder, Clarence Scharbauer Jr. “I think he was much the best of that group last time.

“Jamie said the horse warmed up super, and after he false-broke he was a different horse.”

Coyote Legend drew post 2 in the five-horse field Saturday and will be ridden by Chris Landeros. He might get a tracking trip behind Lydia’s Last Step, who wired the field in the Premiere.

Aces N Kings also could be prominent. He won three stakes last year at 2, then opened his 3-year-old season in January with a score in the $50,000 Groovy at Sam Houston. The allowance will be Aces N Kings’s first start against older horses, after he finished fifth in the $59,000 Grindstone at Fair Grounds on March 12. That race has produced two next-out allowance winners, Close Ally at Keeneland and Action Ready at Lone Star.

Eguard Tejera has the mount on Aces N Kings for trainer Caroline Dodwell.