10/25/2006 11:00PM

Pish saddles two fast animals


Caution: Cheering for leading trainer Danny Pish's starters during Saturday night's $40,000 No Le Hace Stakes at Retama Park might leave you tongue-tied.

"I've got the Moose running against the Goose, " said Pish.

That would be Goosey Moose, who could go favored, and Moody Goose. The horses will start as separate interests in the No Le Hace, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race that drew a field of 12. Others in the race include multiple stakes winner Charming Socialite.

Goosey Moose was second in the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes in his last start Oct. 14. He added blinkers for the race, and Pish said they helped.

"You're hesitant to make a change on a horse that's earned $300,000, but I had been considering it for some time, and when we finally went ahead and did it the other day, I do think it made a difference," said Pish.

Moody Goose has earned a shot at the No Le Hace because of his strong record around two turns.

"He's run around two turns twice, and he's won both times," said Pish, adding that Moody Goose is also 3 for 3 on turf, with two of those wins coming at two turns.

The running styles of Pish's starters complement each other, and Pish said he is looking for Moody Goose to race closer to the pace than Goosey Moose.