05/08/2007 12:00AM

Slew's Tizzy likely Lone Star Derby favorite


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Slew's Tizzy was a 40-1 shot when he won the Grade 2 Lexington in his most recent out, but he will be a much shorter price on Saturday when he starts as the probable favorite in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park.

A field of 11 was projected for the 1o1/16-mile race as of Tuesday, with trainer Steve Asmussen planning to start three top contenders: Reporting for Duty, Forty Grams, and Takedown.

Slew's Tizzy removed blinkers for the Lexington and was a dominant, 3o1/2-length winner of the 1 1/16-mile race at Keeneland. Robby Albarado rode him for the first time that day, and has the mount for the Lone Star Derby, said Greg Fox, who trains Slew's Tizzy.

Following the Lexington, Slew's Tizzy was being pointed to the Preakness, but Fox said he and the horse's owner, Joe Lacombe, recently made a joint decision to target the Lone Star Derby instead.

"We thought it just made a lot of sense," said Fox. "We feel like the Belmont [Stakes] could be a good goal for him, and this would be a perfect race for him timing-wise, distance and everything. It's a good race for him at this particular time."

Slew's Tizzy put himself on the Kentucky Derby radar this year with his win in the Lexington, but with the race run just two weeks before the Kentucky Derby, his connections opted to skip the big one. Slew's Tizzy, a son of Tiznow, has won 2 of 6 career starts, with his other victory coming in a maiden race at Turfway Park. He is a developing horse and ran a career race in the Lexington to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 95, the highest last-race number among the projected starters in the Lone Star Derby.

Slew's Tizzy should rule as a slight favorite over Reporting for Duty, who ran second in the Grade 2 Illinois Derby in his last start and earned a 94 Beyer.

Asmussen said Tuesday that Chris Emigh has the mount on Reporting for Duty and Luis Quinonez will ride Forty Grams, who in his last start was third in the Lexington. Both horses were to be flown in from Kentucky on Wednesday, along with Slew's Tizzy. Glen Murphy will ride Takedown, who in his last start won the $100,000 Northern Spur at Oaklawn Park.

There were seven other probables for the Lone Star Derby as of Tuesday, according to Lone Star stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg. They are: Reata's Rocket, the third-place finisher in the $100,000 Rushaway last out at Turfway; Harrow Land, the runner-up in the Northern Spur; Slew By Slew, a stakes winner at Remington Park; allowance winners Moyer's Pond and Mr. Nightlinger; and maiden winners Gold Wonder and Taksent.

Sahara Heat, an allowance winner last out at Keeneland, was possible for the race as of Tuesday, according to trainer Eoin Harty. Entries for the Lone Star Derby will be taken on Thursday.

Also scheduled for Saturday are a pair of 1 1/16-mile divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 3-year-olds. Each race is worth $125,000.

Five Alarm wins big for Calhoun

Five Alarm was the second of two very promising 2-year-old winners trainer Bret Calhoun had last week at Lone Star. He was a five-length winner of a maiden special weight race, leading from start to finish under Ramsey Zimmerman. It was the second career start for Five Alarm, who was second by three-quarters of a length in his career debut in April.

"We thought first time out, he didn't handle the off going at all," said Calhoun. "It looked like he was on ice skates out there."

Five Alarm won with ease on Saturday, earning a 78 Beyer.

"[Ramsey] came back and said, 'Man, he moves completely different on a dry track,' " said Calhoun. "He was pretty impressive. He's in the Stallion Stakes. We'll kind of freshen up until the Stallion Stakes."

The year's first 2-year-old division of the Texas Stallion Stakes will be run here July 7.

Calhoun's other promising 2-year-old winner last week was Bullfight.

Calhoun can add to his hot run with 2-year-olds on Thursday night with Preppy Lass. She will start as a top contender in the fourth race, a maiden special weight for 2-year-old fillies bred in Texas. Preppy Lass is a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Sweet Idea. Zimmerman will ride.

Two others of strong interest in the field are Xtraordinary, a daughter of Grade 1 winner Officer; and Swamp Gator, a half-sister to 2-year-old stakes winner Forrest G.