04/15/2004 11:00PM

Pish takes first step to sweep


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Danny Pish mused Friday morning that he would like to sweep the three Texas-bred stakes for males this meet at Lone Star Park. He accomplished a third of his goal Thursday night when Agrivating General dug in to win the $50,000 Premiere Stakes by a neck over a Desert Darby.

The race was the opening night feature at Lone Star, which drew a crowd of 11,107. Handle on the track's 10-race program was $2,924,147, with $847,788 of that amount bet on track.

The handle was up 1 percent from last year's opening total of $2,891,823, while the attendance slipped from 11,342. Last year, Lone Star also opened on a Thursday, but earlier in the month, on April 3.

Pish has designs on two more Texas-bred stakes this meet: Boots on Sunday could start in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes, while Goosey Moose could run in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman for 3-year-olds. Both races will be run May 31.

Pish said Boots on Sunday, who is coming back from a tendon injury, is about 30 days away from a race. As for Agrivating General, his next start has yet to be determined, said Pish.

"Probably the next time well see Agrivating General at Lone Star is in the Assault," said Pish.

The $100,000 Assault is usually run in June, but this year the race, the only other route stakes for older Texas-breds on the Lone Star schedule, has been moved to Oct. 23 to be part of the Breeders' Cup meet at Lone Star. Pish said he will look at two-turn stakes at Louisiana Downs and Prairie Meadows for Agrivating General.

The Student in Sunday feature

Some of the sprinters in the featured eighth race Sunday could run back in the $75,000 Ford Express at six furlongs on May 8. That race is a consideration for The Student, a Southern California invader who will be making his first start for trainer Dallas Keen.

He will face seven others in the six-furlong allowance, including That Tat, who had a huge season last year at Lone Star; Zee Oh Six, who adds blinkers; and stakes winners More Crafty and Front Nine.

The Student cuts back in distance Sunday after racing over a mile last out at Santa Anita. He raced close to the pace in a one-mile allowance race before finishing sixth to Snorter, who returned in his next start to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Berkley Breeders' Cup at Golden Gate Fields.

The Student, who started his career in Argentina, won an entry-level allowance two starts back for trainer Darrell Vienna. He was sent to Keen during the meet at Fair Grounds, and races for owner Doug McClure.

"The way he's training and the way he's working, I know he can really run," said Keen, who has given the mount to Carlos Gonzalez.

The first 2-year-old race of the meet will go as the second on Sunday. A field of 12 fillies bred in Texas were entered in the 4 1/2-furlong race with a purse of $25,000. Among the group are offspring by Smart Strike, Wild Zone, Rubiano, Glitterman, Valid Expectations, and Relegate.

Pie N Burger heads Mile probables

There are a number of horses under consideration for the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star on Saturday. Among those considered probable by officials are Pie N Burger, Crafty Shaw, Kela, Private Emblem, Supah Blitz, Super Frolic, and Yessirgeneralsir. Toccet is possible for the race.

The Texas Mile will share a card with the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds. Among the early probables for that race are Cryptograph, Go Kitty Go, Hi Teck Man, and We All Love Aleyna.

* Time Eternal came close to setting a new record for a win payoff at Lone Star Thursday when he won the fifth race at 109-1 and paid $221.20. The record win payoff at the track is $231.40 set by Purse Stealer on May 26, 2001. Time Eternal topped a $2,203 exacta and a $12,086 trifecta. Larry Taylor rode the winner for trainer Brent Davidson.