07/13/2009 11:00PM

Shepherd ships in, rides five winners


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jockey Justin Shepherd shipped into Lone Star Park last Saturday to ride a couple of horses on the Stars of Texas Day program. He ended up winning five races. It was a banner day for Shepherd, whose wins included a sweep of both $125,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

"I came in to ride two and picked up all the others," he said.

For Shepherd, who is sixth in the standings at his base of Delaware Park, the success at his old stomping grounds could not have come at a better time. Shepherd's wife, the former Trisha Steinberg, is expecting the couple's first child. She was in and out of the hospital last week.

"She's due anytime," said Shepherd.

Shepherd finished third and sixth on the mounts he was brought in to ride, but could not miss on the mounts he picked up. He was called on to ride five horses for leading trainer Steve Asmussen and won with them all, three of which were mounts jockey Luis Quinonez had to give up because he broke three ribs in a charity softball game last week. One of those horses was Big Texas Daddy, a 2-year-old who improved his record to 2 for 2 in the colts and geldings division of the Stallion Stakes.

"He went as soon as I asked him, and there was plenty in the tank," said Shepherd.

Big Texas Daddy, a full brother to stakes winner Namesake, earned a Beyer Figure of 89. Shepherd's other stakes win came on Camille's Appeal, a mount he landed because he was going to be in town Saturday. He had ridden the filly at Delaware Park for trainer Mike Stidham, and since that race she was sold privately to Ro Parra and transferred to Asmussen.

"She's real nice," said Shepherd, who guided her to a dominant win in the fillies division of the Stallion Stakes. Camille's Appeal earned a Beyer of 84.

Asmussen breaks Norman's record

Big Texas Daddy was the 99th winner at the Lone Star meet for Asmussen, which broke Cole Norman's record for trainer wins in a season at Lone Star. Norman set the record in 2003, when he won 98 races during a 70-date Lone Star meet.

Asmussen hit 100 wins for the meet on Saturday, the 56th day of racing at the 65-date meet. There are still eight days left in the Lone Star season, which runs through July 26.

"He's liable to have 120 by then," Norman said. "He's going to demolish my record!"

Asmussen is the all-time winningest trainer at Lone Star, and he was honored as the track's man of the year Saturday.

Murphy out until Remington

Jockey Glen Murphy was scheduled to be released from Baylor Hospital in Dallas on Tuesday after undergoing surgery to repair a broken left elbow that he sustained in a riding incident at Lone Star on Sunday. Murphy was injured when he was thrown from his mount, Clever Call, who broke down in the stretch run of a turf route claimer. Murphy also broke his right pointer finger in the incident, said his agent, Monty Penney.

Penney said Murphy could be out for six to eight weeks. He said the rider plans to make his comeback at Remington Park. Murphy is the fifth-leading rider at Lone Star.

Martin to ride at Louisiana Downs

Jockey Eddie Martin Jr. plans to ride for a while at Louisiana Downs after the close of the Lone Star meet July 26. He said he will be based at the Bossier City, La., track until the opening of the Remington meet in late August.

Martin had a five-win day at Lone Star on Friday. One win came aboard Waylay, who is 5 for 5 at the meet and ranks as the winningest horse this season at Lone Star. Martin has ridden Waylay in each of his local races. Waylay, who has been a popular claim, has won at Lone Star for trainers Justin Evans, Dallas Keen, and Darrell Bravenec.

"He's a neat little horse, has a lot of class," Martin said. "He's by Johannesburg, and the horse, he just runs."

Martin is the third leading rider at Lone Star.

Moss moving into Louisiana

Maggi Moss, who is the second leading owner in North America, said last week that she is sending 19 horses to Louisiana with trainer Chris Richard. She said they would be based at the Evangeline Downs Training Center in Lafayette, La. Moss said she plans to race at Louisiana Downs, as well as at Evangeline Downs and later in the year at Delta Downs.

Moss also has horses based each season at Fair Grounds and said that by October her whole operation would be in Louisiana. Her stable through Monday had won 112 races from 387 starts for earnings of $2,160,910. Native Ruler, a multiple stakes winner, is among the horses she plans to have in Lafayette.

* Trainer Bret Calhoun said he is pointing Cielo Dove for the $50,000 Princess for 2-year-old fillies on turf at Louisiana Downs on Saturday. He also has Fly South for the race's male counterpart, the $50,000 Minstrel. Woodrow Call is a candidate for the $75,000 Louisiana Cup Juvenile at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 1.