07/10/2005 11:00PM

Pish names Simington as his new go-to guy

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Goosey Moose (second from left) wins the Assault a week after the death of his owner/breeder, Wilton Scott.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - In a sign of things to come, jockey Don Simington and trainer Danny Pish will be teaming up in the featured eighth race Wednesday night at Lone Star Park. Simington is expected to be riding a large number of horses for Pish during the upcoming meet at Retama Park near San Antonio.

"He's supposed to come down and ride, and will be on about 80 percent of my starters," Pish said.

Pish, who has won the last six titles at Retama, teamed with Roman Chapa on a regular basis last year in San Antonio. Chapa, however, could be headed north after the Lone Star meet that will end on Sunday. Chapa said over the weekend that he is likely to ride next at Arlington Park, then Hawthorne Race Course.

Simington, a winner of more than 2,000 races, will be aboard Mr. Shock and Awe in the eighth, a one-mile turf allowance for 3- and 4-year-olds who have never won three races. Mr. Shock and Awe was fourth at this level last time and could show more early speed as he will add blinkers and has drawn the rail Wednesday.

As for Pish and Simington, the men have teamed together in the past at various tracks, and show a 23-percent win rate from 57 starts together since Jan. 1, 2004.

"We've gotten to know each other over the [Sam] Houston meet the last several years," Pish said. "Most recently at this Houston meet, when Roman went to Oaklawn, I rode Don on enough horses that we established a good relationship, and I like his style. I think he's a good, smart rider, and I think he fits my horses well."

Wanted Man is the horse to beat Wednesday, following a second-place finish at this level on June 24. He was a nose behind Smooth Bid, who is a stakes winner. Wanted Man won an entry-level allowance on the Lone Star turf on April 22. Chapa has the mount for trainer Bruce Jackson.

Simington and Pish will also team in the ninth and final race on the card with Batai Warrior.

'Goosey' scores emotional win

Goosey Moose's win in the $125,000 for Texas-breds on Saturday was highly emotional for those close to the horse's connections. Goosey Moose's owner and breeder, Wilton Scott, died about a week before the race, and a memorial service was held for him on Saturday. Scott was in his early 90's, said Pish, who trains Goosey Moose.

"[The win] was very meaningful," Pish said. "The Scott family was having a service for him at the Scott Ranch, which is where Boots on Sunday and Goosey and others were raised. He raised a lot of good horses right there. And for them to be there at the ranch and having a memorial service, and then to watch the race and see the horse cross the wire in front, you know how much it had to mean to them, and therefore, it makes it mean even more to me."

Boots on Sunday, a seven-time stakes winner of $417,965, was bred by Scott and trained by Pish.

Pish said he looks for Scott's grandson, Quinn Simons, to keep Scott's racing ties going. "He's planning on carrying on the tradition," Pish said. "He's a heck of a horseman himself. He breaks mustangs as a hobby."

Goosey Moose's longterm objective is the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on turf at Retama on Oct. 1, Pish said. Before then, he will be considered for races at Louisiana Downs, Remington Park, and Retama.

Scott's farm is just outside of Huntsville, Texas. Pish dedicated the Assault win to Scott.

"He had a full appreciation for life," Pish said.

Juvenile stakes highlight Saturday

Lone Star has three stakes on tap over the weekend, with the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup for 2-year-old colts and geldings and the $75,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup for 2-year-old fillies both to be decided on Saturday. The meet will close on Sunday with the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial for 3-year-olds and up at one mile. The race is expected to draw Grade 3 Texas Mile winner High Strike Zone.

Don't Tell Mommy, winner of the $40,000 Pioneer Stakes at Louisiana Downs, is among those being pointed for the Middleground. Others expected for the race are Forrest G., winner of the $135,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, and Premier Dance, the fastest qualifier for the TTA.