11/12/2004 12:00AM

Noll's training center buy a winner

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Coastalota, 7, a seven-time stakes winner, has been retired to start breeding soon.

Jockey Cindy Noll might have a future as a political handicapper. Before tracks in Oklahoma secured electronic gaming in the general election earlier this month, Noll and partners had already purchased a 160-acre training center near Remington Park. Her investment now looks golden with gaming expected to produce an additional $30 million a year for purses in Oklahoma.

"It was a gamble," Noll, 42, said of buying the property. "We were up all night watching the votes and hoping it would come in our favor, and it did."

Noll's partners in the training center include her husband, Travis, and Pat and Tomey Swan, a Quarter Horse trainer and jockey. Noll said the property is located about 10 miles northeast of Remington Park. This facility includes a training track, an arena, and a new 28-stall barn.

Noll resumed riding at the Oklahoma City track on a regular basis last month, and after getting to the meet late ranks 12th in the standings behind leader Cliff Berry.

"I think the last time I rode here on a regular basis was 1996," said Noll. "I shipped in one other time to ride. It's a wonderful facility. It always has been."

Noll plans to ride at Oaklawn this spring and return to Prairie Meadows, where she finished fifth in the standings this year. In the coming year, she wants to ride more at Remington.

"With the kids growing up, I want to be in one place more than usual," she said.

Coastalota retired

Coastalota, who had been under consideration for a third appearance in the $75,000 Martanza at Sam Houston on Nov. 20, has been retired, said her trainer, Randy Mayfield. The decision was made in the last month, and the mare's owner and breeder, H.B. Southard, is now determining a stallion match for Coastalota.

Coastalota, who for years was one of the top Texas-breds in training, retires with earnings of $379,498. She won 9 of 34 starts, with 7 of those wins coming in stakes. Mayfield said it is difficult to pick a favorite race from the consistent mare, who started her career at Sam Houston in January 2001.

"We had quite a few good times," said Mayfield, citing Coastalota's 17-length maiden win as a performance that impressed him. "She was a pleasure to be around. She was very laid back and just gave everything she had when she went to the races."

Coastalota is stabled at Southard's farm in Avalon, Texas. She last raced on May 15, finishing seventh in the JEH Stallion Station Stakes. Following the race, Coastalota was freshened, but rather than point her for the Martanza, which was likely to be her final start, her connections decided to just go ahead and retire the mare, who is 7.

One of Coastalota's biggest efforts came in November 2002, when she represented Texas with a third-place finish to Take Charge Lady in the Great State Challenge. She has two full siblings coming up, said Mayfield.

The Martanza is one of nine stakes to be run on Texas Champions Day at Sam Houston. Special first post for the Nov. 20 card is 6 p.m. Central. The meet will open on Wednesday night. Total purses for Texas Champions Day are $625,000, with the lone open company stakes on the card the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile.

Quintons Gold Rush in Oklahoma Derby?

Quintons Gold Rush, who won the Grade 2 Lexington, is among the early probables for the Grade 3, $150,000 Oklahoma Derby at Remington. The 1 1/8-mile race is one of four stakes at the track Nov. 21. Others are the $75,000 MEC Mile for 2-year-olds, the $50,000 Remington Green, and the $40,000 Remington Park Oaks.

Other probables for the derby include Cryptograph, who added blinkers last out and finished a fast-closing second to Pollard's Vision in the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby, and Mr. Jester, an allowance winner two back who last year won the $1 million Delta Jackpot. A possible starter is Britt's Jules, who ran a sharp third in the Grade 2 Super Derby.

Sale moved to new Evangeline

Evangeline's annual 2-year-olds in training and paddock sale will be held on April 3, 2005. The auction will be held for the first time at the new Evangeline Downs site in Opelousas, La. Racing operations are scheduled to move to the Opelousas site from Lafayette in 2005.

Evangeline introduced the auction three years ago, and 2-year-old graduates will once again be eligible for the John Franks Sales Stakes, which will be held in July 2005. Last year, Grande Diablo, who topped the sale at $42,000, won the John Franks.

Evangeline's new paddock will serve as the sales pavilion, said David Yount, director of racing operations for the track. Evangeline is producing the sale in partnership with the sales company Stemmans Inc., and the first deadline for entries is Feb. 14.