04/26/2011 2:30PM

Lone Star: Thiskyhasnolimit reaches new peak in Texas Mile

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Barbara D. Livingston
Thiskyhasnolimit earned a career-high 103 Beyer Speed Figure for his victory in Saturday's Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Thiskyhasnolimit established himself as Lone Star Park’s top handicap horse last weekend, when he overcame a wide trip to catch Southern California invader Gladding and win the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile. For the half-length score, Thiskyhasnolimit earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 103.

“I was very proud of him, thought he ran great,” said Steve Asmussen, who trains Thiskyhasnolimit.

“He picked a good day to do it.”

The Texas Mile was the first of the meet’s two richest races for older horses. The Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap is set for May 30, and that is the next target for Thiskyhasnolimit, Asmussen said. The horse will attempt to become the second to sweep both races, behind Dixie Dot Com in 2001.

Thiskyhasnolimit, who is owned by the partnership of Bob and Cathy Zollars and Mark Wagner, picked up his fourth stakes win in the Texas Mile. He also took the Grade 3 Iroquois at Churchill Downs as a 2-year-old, and last year at 3 accounted for the Matt Winn, also at Churchill, and the $300,000 Smarty Jones at Parx Racing.

Asmussen also sent out Friesan Fire in the Texas Mile. The horse hit the gate at the start and raced wide on both turns before finishing fourth in what was his second race since July. Asmussen said he would have liked to have seen Friesan Fire have a “smoother” trip Saturday.

“It wasn’t perfect for him,” he said.

Asmussen said next-race plans are still to be determined for Friesan Fire.

Berry to ride Comedero at Delaware

Jockey Cliff Berry, who won five races last Saturday at Lone Star, including the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge with Baltimore Bob, will seek more stakes success next weekend aboard Comedero. Berry will be traveling to Delaware Park to ride Arkansas-bred superstar Comedero in the $75,000 Vincent Moscarelli on May 7.

Before then, Berry will attempt to keep rolling along at Lone Star. The winner of the Oaklawn Park riding title in Hot Springs, Ark., he has gone 8 for 13 at Lone Star to rank third in the standings behind leader Chris Landeros, despite missing the four of the meet’s first eight days. Landeros has 16 wins heading into Thursday’s card.

Berry’s five winners Saturday included Shocktime, a 2-year-old daughter of Langfuhr who won her debut by nine lengths. Baltimore Bob, meanwhile, was a three-quarter-length winner of the Turf Challenge, which served as the local prep for the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup on May 30.

“He’s very classy,” Berry said of Baltimore Bob. “He knew what he was there for. He’s very smart.”

It was the 11th career win for Baltimore Bob, who is trained by Cody Autrey.

Berry, 48, took the Oaklawn title with 62 wins, 18 more than second-leading rider Terry Thompson. Berry also led all riders in mount earnings in Arkansas, with $1.6 million. The title was his first Oaklawn championship.

“I’m very proud of it,” Berry said. “It’s hard to do, with good riders from all over the country. You’ve just got to have the horses to ride.”

Berry teamed regularly with high-percentage trainers Bret Calhoun, Allen Milligan, Mac Robertson, and Donnie Von Hemel. He said his Oaklawn meet was helped by the fact that the horses he rode for those stables did not wind up in the same spots often.

“It seemed like they all separated well,” he said. “It just flowed really well.”

Other high points of the meet included Berry’s win aboard Win Willy in the Grade 2, $350,000 Oaklawn Handicap for Robertson.

Berry is a multiple title winner at Lone Star and Remington Park.

Global moves on ownership change

Global Gaming has asked the Texas Racing Commission to consider its license application for ownership of Lone Star during the panel’s next meeting on May 13. Global had withdrawn its application in November.

“Our expectation is that it will be on the agenda, and that the commission will consider it,” Bill Childs, a spokesman for the commission, said Tuesday.

Global has a sales agreement to purchase Lone Star from MI Developments. It runs through July 31.

◗ The Texas Horsemen’s Partnership will conduct a general horsemen’s meeting Thursday morning in the sales pavilion at Lone Star. It will begin at 11:30 a.m. Central.

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