09/23/2009 11:00PM

Pair from Clever Trevor look live


Western Forum and Big Texas Daddy come into Saturday night's $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park off one of the most productive 2-year-old races of the year. Both exit the $50,000 Clever Trevor at Remington, a race that had three starters win a stakes next out.

The latest was Uh Oh Bango, the runner-up to Grand Slam Andre in the Clever Trevor. Last weekend, Uh Oh Bango won the Prairie Meadows Freshman with a Beyer Speed Figure of 102. Man Chester Man, who was seventh in the Clever Trevor, came back in his next start to win the $75,000 Lafayette at Evangeline with a Beyer of 76, and Lone Star Cowboy, who was eighth at Remington, turned up at Hoosier Park earlier this month and took the $73,000 Hillsdale with a Beyer of 80.

"That's encouraging," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Western Forum for Wayne Sanders and Larry Hirsch.

Western Forum was third in the Clever Trevor, closing from next-to-last in the six-furlong race run Aug. 23. Before that, he was hooked on the lead in the $67,000 Middleground at Lone Star Park on July 26 and finished third to the late-running Grand Slam Andre. Western Forum, a son of Open Forum who is out of the stakes-winning mare Western Lil, has placed in one other stakes. This summer he was second in the Lone Star division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on July 11.

"He's been a very consistent horse," Calhoun said. "This is the third foal out of that mare that I've trained - she's Be a Resident's mother and Valid Lil's mother, and they're just hard-trying, game racehorses."

Be a Resident was a two-time stakes winner at 2, while Valid Lil was a stakes winner at Retama.

Paul Nolan has the mount on Western Forum, who will break from the rail in the six-furlong Stallion Stakes.

Big Texas Daddy drew gate 10 in the field of 11. He was fourth in the Clever Trevor and two races back won the Lone Star division of the Stallion Stakes by three-quarters of a length over Western Forum. Shaun Bridgmohan has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

* The $125,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes drew five juveniles from Asmussen. Camille's Appeal, who won the Lone Star division of the Stallion Stakes in July, invades from Churchill Downs.