07/05/2010 11:00PM

Schultz runners eye turf options

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Trainer Bob Schultz hopes to be doing some significant business over the Louisiana Downs turf course in the next few months. Lee's Spirit, who won the track's $50,000 Barksdale with a late burst Saturday, has two more local stakes objectives on his calendar, while quality 2-year-old filly Dixieland Bull is set to try two turns for the first time in an upcoming turf stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Lee's Spirit improved his earnings to more than $400,000 with his win in the Barksdale, a 7 1/2-furlong turf race for older horses that he won by 1 1/4 lengths. For the effort, he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88. It was the sixth career stakes win for Lee's Spirit, a Louisiana-bred who defeated open company Saturday.

"There are two more races we can run him in here," Schultz said. "It will be open company."

The first is the $50,000 Shiskabob at a mile on turf Aug. 28. The other is the $50,000 Unbridled at 1 1/16 miles on turf Sept. 25.

Dixieland Bull, an allowance winner over males last month at Louisiana Downs, is on deck for the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial for 2-year-old fillies at a mile on turf Aug. 28.

"She's bred to stretch out, so we'll try to stretch her out," Schultz said. "We'll see if she can handle a route of ground."

Dixieland Bull is by Holy Bull, sire of 2005 Kentucky Derby winner Giacamo. Her dam is Placid Star, a three-time stakes winner at two turns, with one of those wins coming on the grass at Fair Grounds. Placid Star also won an overnight handicap at about a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs back in 2004. Dixieland Bull was in action at the track Saturday, and finished second as the favorite in the $50,000 Princess.