06/20/2012 3:37PM

Lone Star Park: Worldventurer should get even better with more distance


Worldventurer was not meant to be a five-furlong horse, but he has been fooling everyone of late. Not only did he win his maiden at the distance by more than eight lengths back in May, last weekend he became a stakes winner at the trip in the $100,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park.

Worldventurer won by more than two lengths in a performance that impressed his trainer, Bret Calhoun, particularly because he realizes the horse, given his physical size and his pedigree as a son of Louisiana Derby winner Wimbledon, is meant to be at his best with more distance.

“That’s what we think,” said Calhoun, who trains Worldventurer for Wesley Melcher. “He’s probably more suited to two turns, longer races. I never really thought he was quite quick enough to go five-eighths, so I was pretty pleased with [his stakes win] knowing he’s going to go a lot further. He should be more comfortable at six furlongs, and even more comfortable at a mile.”

Worldventurer will get a little more ground for his next start, which Calhoun said would come in the $75,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star. The 5 1/2-furlong race is July 7.

Calhoun said Thibodaux, a more than a seven-length maiden special weight winner late last month at Lone Star, is being pointed for the $75,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, also at Lone Star on July 7. For her maiden score, Thibodaux earned a Beyer Figure of 75.

Calhoun through Wednesday led the Lone Star trainer standings by one win over Danny Pish.

Wade due back Sunday

Lyndie Wade, the second-leading rider at Lone Star, is currently serving a seven-day suspension for a riding infraction. He will be eligible to resume riding on Sunday, said his agent, Monty Penney. Wade has won 31 races from 197 starts this meet, for mount earnings of $492,123.

◗ Retama Park near San Antonio has added two dates to its current Quarter Horse meet, Aug. 17-18, after receiving approvals for the change during a Texas Racing Commission meeting on Tuesday. Retama chief executive officer Bryan Brown cited “increased revenues and increased purse money” as the reason for extending the meet, which was to close Aug. 11.

◗ The commission on Tuesday also adopted a new scale for jockey mount fees that goes into effect in the middle of July. The panel also opened the race-dates application period for Texas tracks, with the requests due by July 20. The commission meets next on Aug. 14.