03/01/2007 12:00AM

Makeithapencaptain attempts to regroup


Makeithapencaptain gets a fresh start Saturday night at Sam Houston Race Park in the $45,000 Texas Heritage, a one-mile race for 3-year-olds that drew a deep field of 10. Others in the race include stakes winners Speedway, Daddy Warbucks, Hadacure, I Spy Wolfie, and Banquo.

Makeithapencaptain finished third in his debut, then won his maiden and an optional claimer at Hawthorne last fall by a combined 25 lengths. He shipped to Fair Grounds and made his stakes debut in the Grade 3 Lecomte. He finished a troubled fourth in the race, and one start later set a quick pace in the Grade 3 Risen Star and finished 10th.

"He went from beaming with confidence off of his first three races, to having two really rough trips in the big races against top horses," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Makeithapencaptain for Bobby Beck. "He had some unfortunate trips. This is a race we're just looking to get back on track."

Makeithapencaptain was clipped from behind in the Risen Star, but at that point he was a tiring horse after dueling on the lead in the 1 1/16-mile race. "My horse came out of the race uninjured," said Calhoun. "The problem was he was on a suicide pace, sitting there in a speed duel, and it was just too fast."

Makeithapencaptain will break from post 4 in the Texas Heritage and will be ridden by Ramsey Zimmerman.

"I think this horse can run on or off the pace, however this race sets up," said Calhoun.

Others in the field include leading contender Beta Capo, who was seventh in the Risen Star. Calhoun will also send out El Kabong, winner of a first-level allowance winner last out at Sam Houston for PTL Stable.

"He's a late-developing El Corredor that was a very immature horse four or five months ago and has just improved a lot in the last few months," said Calhoun. "Physically, he's just grown into a nice, strong, mature horse."

Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount on El Kabong.