08/08/2006 11:00PM

Pish has plenty of Texas-breds


Turf and Texas-bred racing are staples of the Retama Park meet, and that suits Danny Pish, who is seeking his eighth consecutive training title at the track. Pish is well-stocked in both categories, and two of his top horses, Goosey Moose and Truth by Ruth, could see stakes action on turf over the next two weekends at Retama.

Pish has 56 horses on the grounds, and is developing others at his training center.

"In training in total right now, I've got just a little over 80 head," he said. "I'd say probably 75 percent of my barn is Texas-bred horses."

One of the best is Goosey Moose, a stakes winner of $307,550 who is being considered for the $65,000 Retama Park Turf Breeders' Cup on Saturday. His meet objective is the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes here Oct. 14.

The objective for the stakes-placed Mary's Gray Boy also falls on that night. Pish said the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes is the target for the promising 2-year-old. Earlier in the year, Mary's Gray Boy won his maiden over Great Hunter, eventual runner-up in the Grade 3 Hollywood Park Juvenile Championship.

Another exciting 2-year-old in the Pish stable is Spoonerism. In his last start he was second by a neck in the Middleground BC at Lone Star Park in July.

"When they stretch out, I really think he's going to be nice," said Pish. "I think he's a real El Joven candidate. I think he's going to love two turns."

The $100,000 El Joven at a mile on turf is Sept. 2.

Other top horses in the Pish barn include Truth by Ruth, a candidate for the $65,000 Margarita BC on Aug. 19, and Agrivating General, who is getting a vacation and will return in the fall. Meanwhile, the venerable Boots on Sunday, a multiple stakes winner who made a brief comeback at Lone Star, has resumed his role as a stable pony and is based at Pish's farm in San Antonio.

Davidson back for first time since 1996

Brent Davidson is among the new trainers stabled at Retama this meet, and he has brought 30 horses. He said he was last based here in 1996. Davidson has some promising young horses in the barn, and a number of them are owned by Dallas businessman Stephen Baker.

"I've got a lot of Texas-breds, and they'll fit," said Davidson, who trained millionaire filly Vivace.

Baker raced Slewpy's Storm, who last month was honored as the 2005 champion older filly or mare by the Texas Thoroughbred Association. A multiple stakes winner of $233,700, she was retired earlier this year and bred to Northern Afleet.

Davidson's group of 2-year-olds include Flagpole Hill, a son of Maria's Mon who has turf experience. He will be considered for the El Joven, said Davidson.

Davidson is the son of T.E. Davidson, a longtime breeder, owner, and trainer who died last month at 84. T.E. Davidson began training horses after serving in World War II.

His first was Bade Blair, a Quarter Horse with whom he won 17 straight match races in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana in the 1950's. T.E. Davidson raced Thoroughbreds later in his career. Among the stakes winners he trained were Gold Gusher and Big Bold Boz.

Gondron nears 2,000

Jockey Ted Gondron, a multiple title winner at Retama, is nearing career victory 2,000. He was at 1,995 wins on Wednesday. Gondron has career mount earnings of $14 million and is part of a strong colony this meet at Retama.

Among those who are new to the meet are Roman Chapa, a multiple title winner here who last year rode in Chicago, and Bobby Walker Jr. They will take on defending leading rider Larry Taylor.