05/06/2010 11:00PM

Stakes winner Gold Coyote retired


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Gold Coyote, who won nine stakes while establishing himself as one of the best sprinters in the Mid-South, has been retired, said Ken Carson, general manager of the Valor Farm operation of the horse's owner, Clarence Scharbauer.

"He's turned out, just kind of pensioned now," Carson said Friday from Valor, which is about an hour north of Dallas.

Gold Coyote, a 5-year-old gelding, retires with 11 wins from 21 starts for earnings of $424,400. He launched his career in 2007 at Lone Star Park, and in his third start put up one of the year's best Beyer Figures for a 2-year-old, a 102, when he won the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes by 10 lengths.

"That's where he just looked like a machine," Carson said. "You couldn't throw a rock back to the second horse."

One start later, Gold Coyote defeated open company in the track's $55,000 Middleground.

The success spurred Scharbauer, whose family raced Hall of Famer Alysheba, to return to the Keeneland yearling market for the first time since his 1995 purchase of Gold Coyote's dam, Coyote Cafe. In 2007, Scharbauer gave $700,000 for Silver City, now a stakes-winning sprinter in training with Bret Calhoun, and $600,000 for Indygo Mountain, who has been turned out and is to return to Calhoun in the next month, Carson said.

Calhoun trained Gold Coyote, who last raced in December and was second as the odds-on choice in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas for statebreds at Sam Houston.

"He kind of lost a step a little bit, and Clarence said he had been so good to us he didn't want him to drop down [in class]," Carson said.

Coyote Cafe, a daughter of Seeking the Gold and the top racemare Dontstop Themusic, was a $600,000 yearling. Scharbauer had set his budget for her at $400,000, then went against his initial game plan to purchase Coyote Cafe. The next year, she was diagnosed with EPM after making three career starts in Southern California.

"We brought her back home, and it was a big pill to swallow," Carson said. "But Clarence said, 'Don't worry, the Lord takes care of dummies. We'll get it back breeding her.' And she's had earners of more than $600,000."

Coyote Cafe has also produced Coyote Legend, a 3-year-old will seek his fifth straight stakes win Saturday at Lone Star. Behind him is Red Coyote, a 2-year-old by Early Flyer who dwelt in the gate in his Thursday night debut at Lone Star.

"He came back okay," Carson said. "That stuff happens. It's like little kids out on stage for the first time."

Coyote Cafe also has a yearling colt by Gold Legend and is back in foal to Early Flyer.

Million Day next for Fifteen Love

Fifteen Love is emerging as one of the better older horses in the region and is set to run next on the Lone Star Million Day program of stakes May 31, said his trainer, Jerenesto Torrez. As for which race he will go in, he has options. Fifteen Love is a stakes winner on dirt and turf who last month finished third in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile.

His options are the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on dirt or the $150,000 Dallas Turf Cup. Both races are at 1 1/16 miles.

"I think the mile and a sixteenth will help the horse a little better," Torrez said.

A decision on a race will be made after nominations are assessed, Torrez said. Before the Texas Mile, Fifteen Love won the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at Sam Houston.

Sprinters clash at Louisiana Downs

Normandy Shore and Kissin Child are part of a competitive field of seven older sprinters in the ninth race Sunday at Louisiana Downs. The $35,000 optional claimer has third-level allowance conditions. It is at six furlongs and also drew Ain't He a Pistol, a seven-time winner over the main track in Bossier City.

Normandy Shore was fifth to multiple stakes winner Sing Baby Sing in a quick Lone Star allowance May 2. He pushed the pace along in the six-furlong race that went in 1:09.48.

Kissin Child is the speed from the rail after working consecutive bullets for his first start since running third at a similar level at Sam Houston in March.

* Jess You and I, a champion Quarter Horse, will make a rare start outside of California on Sunday, in the Grade 1, $98,370 Oklahoma Challenge Championship. The race is one of several stakes on the card at Remington Park.

* Mojo Mania should get a nice pace to stalk in the eighth at Will Rogers, a first-level allowance route. The race is part of a special Sunday card for Mother's Day.

* Mothers can dig for diamonds Sunday at Lone Star and Sam Houston.