05/22/2006 11:00PM

Million Day attracts invaders

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Preachinatthebar is the 121-pound highweight for Monday's Lone Star.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Horses from around the country will converge on Lone Star Park this Monday for the annual Lone Star Million Day, a program of six stakes worth $1 million. The biggest races on the card are the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap and the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff.

Flights bringing horses to Texas will begin arriving on Friday, said Paul Holthus, vice president and general manager of Tex Sutton Forwarding Co. Holthus said the Friday flight will originate in New York, go to Kentucky, then come to Texas. On Saturday, a flight bringing horses from California will touch down at Lone Star.

A flight carrying horses for trainer Patrick Biancone will arrive in Texas on Monday, Holthus said.

"The plane is chartered for the morning of the race," he said.

Biancone has Cosmonaut, winner of the Grade 3 Golden Gate Fields Handicap, for the 1 1/16-mile Lone Star Handicap. The colt is one of six horses Biancone intends to run on Million Day. His stable will be represented in each of the stakes on the card, according to officials at Lone Star. All but of one the starters last raced in Kentucky, and all will be ridden by Julien Leparoux.

Cosmonaut, who was fourth last out in the Grade 3 Ben Ali at Keeneland, is expected to meet Magnum, the runner-up last out in the Grade 2, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap, as well as Preachinatthebar, Stockholder, Texcess, and Dominguin - who finished first, second, third, and fifth respectively in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star in April. Among horses that officials consider possible for the Lone Star Handicap are Nakayama Kun, Real Dandy, Shamoan, Einstein, Gold and Roses, Watchem Smokey, and Wishingitwas.

Preachinatthebar has been made the 121-pound highweight.

Biancone's representative in the WinStar, at one mile on turf for fillies and mares, is recent Keeneland allowance winner Joint Aspiration. Others track officials consider probable for the race are Grade 1 winner Sweet Talker, Grade 2 winner Shining Energy, and defending WinStar champ Katdogawn.

Biancone's other expected starters on the card are Man of Illusion, winner of the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint, in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint; Stream Cat, winner of the Grade 3 American Turf, in the $150,000 USA Stakes; Trick's Pick in the $100,000 Stonerside; and Trolley's Last in the $100,000 Valid Expectations.

Calhoun running six in trials Thursday

There are three trial races on Thursday night for the $100,000-estimated filly division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity here June 10, and trainer Bret Calhoun will have two runners in each of the races. The trials will be run at five furlongs, as the third, fifth, and seventh races.

"If things go right, I really think that all six have good chances of qualifying," said Calhoun.

Calhoun made noise with his 2-year-old fillies last year at Lone Star, when he swept the first four places in a $125,000 division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. Through the years, quality 2-year-olds that he has developed and either raced or sold for clients include Cactus Ridge, Cowboy Dan, Premier Dance, Jazz Lady, and Next Bandit.

"We're always looking for the babies, because that's where we know we have a chance to get a top horse," said Calhoun. "We love them. We love developing these young horses. It's something for us to look forward to every year. It might be our next big horse, our next stakes horse."

In the third race, Calhoun will send out I'mvalidtoo and The Bunster. He said I'mvalidtoo is quite quick, and that The Bunster hit trouble last out when she made her debut, on April 16.

"She was kind of in a bad jam and ran fourth that day," he said.

For the fifth race he has Lady Be Tru, who he said is working nicely, and Enticing Mr. G., a daughter of Swiss Yodeler.

"Enticing Mr. G. has tremendous gate speed," said Calhoun.

In the seventh race, Calhoun will start Proud Zone, a daughter of Wild Zone, and Magical Creek, who is out of the mare Pipe Creek. Pipe Creek won her debut at Lone Star as a 2-year-old in 1999, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 75.