02/16/2012 4:28PM

Sam Houston: Sword Trick has learned how to rate for Jim's Orbit


Sword Trick has a new attitude – at least toward rating. And that newfound maturity should serve him well Saturday night when he attempts to win at two turns in the $100,000 Jim’s Orbit division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

The Jim’s Orbit will share a card with the $100,000 Two Altazano division of the Stallion Stakes for fillies. Both one-mile races are for 3-year-olds.

Sword Trick is quick, and has been a front-running force since winning his debut in a maiden special weight sprint at Lone Star last May. He won a sprint stakes at the track one start later, before finishing seventh in his lone two-turn race, the $50,000 Sunny’s Halo at Louisiana Downs in August.

“That was very early in his career, and he was very rank that day,” said trainer Bret Calhoun. “He was not nearly as mentally mature then as he is now. I think he’s learned a lot more. He was overly aggressive then. He’s more versatile. I think we have options at this point.”
Sword Trick showed that last out, when he raced just off the pace en route to a three-quarter-length win in the $50,000 Groovy at Sam Houston on Jan. 21.

“I expected him to be on the lead last time going seven-eighths,” Calhoun said. “I really thought he would be in front and he was able to sit off of it. We’ll see what happens. If someone sets unreasonable fractions, we’ll be off of it. If not, I’m sure we’ll be on the lead.”

Cliff Berry has the mount on Sword Trick for Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Calhoun sends Nothinbettertodo in the Two Altazano. She comes off a neck loss in the $50,000 Bara Lass, a Sam Houston race in which she was part of a contested pace Jan. 20.

“I think she was a bit unlucky in that race,” Calhoun said. “She drew the inside, took all the pressure down on the inside the whole way, and she fought all the way around there. I thought it was the best race of her life, and that gives me optimism going back into this race.

“And we drew a favorable post.”

Berry has the mount from post 5.