08/05/2011 12:55PM

Louisiana Downs: Calhoun has another big juvenile winner


Trainer Bret Calhoun has gone 20 for 44 with his 2-year-old starters this year, with his latest head-turning juvenile dominating a recent maiden special weight at Louisiana Downs. Indisputable set the pace in the July 29 race before going on to an 11 1/2-length win.

“He’s a nice horse,” Calhoun said. “They tried to press him a little bit early. It didn’t really bother him at all. He sat there and when he was called on he drew off.”

Indisputable covered six furlongs in 1:11.60 and earned a Beyer Figure of 75. He is a Texas-bred son of Valid Expectations and he races for his breeder, Macassar Corporation. Calhoun said Indisputable could run next in a $100,000 restricted sprint stakes at Retama Park near San Antonio.

“The Texas Stallion Stakes, he’s got that in September,” Calhoun said. “That will be one of the targets at this point in time. And there’s some races later in the fall at Remington Park for him. They’ve got a pretty good series of 2-year-old races.”

Calhoun said immediate plans are to ship Indisputable to his Remington division then later take him to Retama for the Stallion Stakes, which is not until Sept. 24.

Snug may pass on Louisiana Cup

Snug, one of the top Louisiana-breds in training, had been pointing for a start in the $100,000 Louisiana Cup Turf Classic on Aug.  20, but his new connections might switch gears with the horse. They are considering passing the race because of the heat, said Calhoun.

Temperatures have hit the triple digits on a consistent basis this summer, with Louisiana Downs experiencing highs in the 105-degree range last week. Snug had been based in Bossier City, La., earlier in the meet, but upon his July purchase out of a Heiligbrodt Racing Stable dispersal in Kentucky was sent to Churchill Downs.

“There’s a lot of races for him between Fair Grounds and Delta Downs this winter,” said Calhoun.

Snug, who is 6, is a multiple stakes winner of $627,520. He was a $70,000 purchase by Carl Moore.

Pale Blazer preps for Philly

Pale Blazer, who is a candidate for next month’s Grade 3, $350,000 Turf Monster Handicap at Parx Racing in Philadelphia, will run Sunday in a turf sprint at Louisiana Downs. He goes in the fourth race, a $35,000 optional claimer that carries third-level allowance conditions. It will be run about five furlongs on the grass, a trip over which Pale Blazer is 4 for 4.

Pale Blazer has won his last three starts, his most recent a $35,000 optional claimer with a career-high Beyer Figure of 88. Justin Shepherd has the mount for trainer Mike Burgess.

Royal Production, who popped a Beyer of 101 for winning a $20,000 optional claimer at five furlongs on turf last out at Louisiana Downs, will be making his first start for new connections Sunday. He goes for Bobby Asaro and trainer Chris Candies after having previously been owned by Foxwood Plantations and trained by Ray Spencer.

Royal Production will break from the rail under Don Simington. The horse’s dam is a half-sister to Caro’s Royalty, who was a multiple stakes-winning turf sprinter for Asaro and Candies.

Broodmare band on the block

Heiligbrodt Racing Stable will disperse of 31 broodmares during the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders Sales Company’s summer mixed auction Monday in Shreveport, La. There are a total of 221 horses to be auctioned at the sale, which will be held at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

◗ Tortuga Straits, a multiple stakes winner of $740,732, is being pointed for the $60,000 Louisiana Cup Sprint on Aug. 20, said his trainer, Ralph Irwin. Tortuga Straights races for Karla Balensiefen.