09/28/2005 11:00PM

Multiple stakes winners go for Pish


Goosey Moose and Agrivating General have been something of a dynamic duo for trainer Danny Pish. Each has won multiple stakes, and earlier this summer the pair finished one-two in the richest Texas-bred offering for their division, the $125,000 Assault Stakes.

Saturday night, both horses will move back to the Texas-bred ranks for the $100,000 Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame Stakes, a 1 1/16-mile turf race that is one of six restricted Thoroughbred stakes at Retama Park.

The card is the richest of the meet at Retama and coincides with inductions into the track's Texas Hall of Fame. Total purses for the stakes are $470,000.

Goosey Moose was a length winner of the Assault, and in his last start returned from a three-month layoff to finish fourth in the $50,000 Sport City Handicap at 1 1/4 miles on turf at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 4.

"That should have put a little bottom in him for this race, you would think," said Pish.

Agrivating General last raced at Retama, finishing third in the $40,000 Lang Memorial. He will add blinkers Saturday.

"I put blinkers on him one morning and he galloped liked he lived in them all his life," said Pish. "He was very comfortable in blinkers, so if they're not going to hurt him, let's check it out."

Pish's starters race for separate interests and are not coupled, and both bring different running styles into the Hall of Fame.

"I think Goosey Moose will be closer to the pace than Agrivating General," said Pish. "He leaves the gate and likes to put himself in position. I think he'll be more forwardly placed."

Roman Chapa will ride Goosey Moose, and Don Simington will ride Agrivating General.

Others in the Hall of Fame, which drew a strong cast, include Charming Socialite, Rare Cure, Northern Scene, and Shakethemhatersoff.

Sprint return for Leaving on My Mind

In the first Thoroughbred stakes on the card, Leaving on My Mind will return from a five-month layoff in the $40,000 Red McCombs, a five-furlong turf sprint for 3-year-olds. Leaving on My Mind is a multiple two-turn stakes winner and was Texas-bred of the year in 2004.

"He won't be involved early, but if the speed falters any at all, he's got a shot at running them down," said Pish, who has given the mount to Chapa.

* Cats Legend is one of two juvenile fillies trainer Bret Calhoun will start in the $125,000 Darby's Daughter division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. His other starter is eight-length debut winner She's Open Minded. In the last fillies division of this series, Calhoun's starters ran first through fourth, with the runner-up being Cats Legend.

* Trainer Steve Asmussen sent a division of his stable to Retama this year in part because of races like the $125,000 My Dandy division of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds. He will be represented by four capable starters in the race, which is run at six furlongs: Paltu, Mad Money, Upstream, and Down Home Boy.

* Debs Jett will be shooting for her fifth straight win when she runs in the $40,000 Selma Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at five furlongs on turf. Trainer Morris Nicks has given the mount to Lonnie Meche.

* Claudia's Angel returns to the Texas-bred ranks for the $40,000 Fiesta Mile after finishing third last out to Paz Ciudadana, one of the region's top turf fillies, in the $40,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington Park. Trainer Paul Murphy has given the mount to Terry Stanton.

* Those entering the Hall of Fame are trainer Wayne Lukas, who is scheduled to be at Retama on Saturday; Josephine Abercrombie; Herbert Graham; and sprinter My Princess.