07/07/2008 11:00PM

Stakes winner Joe Move already sired offspring


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Joe Move is one of the few Thoroughbreds to win his first stakes race after his first crop of foals hit the ground.

The rarity occurred on Saturday, when Joe Move pulled off a 20-1 upset in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint.

"He got it out of his system and won," said Richard Bird, who owns and trains Joe Move.

Bird had retired Joe Move in February of 2005, after he came out of a runner-up finish to multiple stakes winner Proven Cure with a bowed tendon. He turned the horse out with some mares at his farm in Kemp, Texas, and all four of them got in foal. The first and to date only crop by Joe Move are now yearlings, and they will hit the races in 2009.

Joe Move might still be on the track at that time. Bird said Joe Move, 8, is better than ever. Time helped his tendon heal, he said, and the horse returned to the races in October 2006. Joe Move has since set a course record for five furlongs on turf at Lone Star, running the distance in 55.13 seconds on July 15, 2007.

On Saturday, he set a Lone Star Park Turf Sprint stakes record, covering the distance in 55.39 seconds and winning by a length after setting fractions of 21.36 seconds and 43.57. One start earlier, Joe Move ran the opening quarter of an allowance prep for the Lone Star Park Turf Sprint in 20.80 when third by two lengths on June 1.

"He's very fast, and you cannot slow him down," said Bird. "And he can't run more than five-eighths. I ran him five and a half furlongs on the dirt down at Houston one time. He was on the lead for a while, duking it out, but after he got through five furlongs he was like, 'There's more? There's more?' "

Joe Move gave Bird, 69, his first stakes win as an owner and trainer. He began training in the fall of 2002, after retiring as a consultant and systems engineer for Electronic Data Systems, or EDS, which was founded by Ross Perot.

Bird has a 19-horse stable, and ships in to race from his farm in Kemp.

He said Joe Move could be back at Lone Star on July 24 for a $45,000 optional claimer at five furlongs on turf. From there, Bird said the goal is a start in the $50,000 Big Brown Stakes at five furlongs on turf at Remington Park on Aug. 24.

Bird said in time, Joe Move will retire to stud at his farm. He is a son of the Gone West stallion Moving Shoulder, and to date his record is 9 for 43. For his effort in the Lone Star Park Turf Sprint, he earned a career-high Beyer Speed Figure of 96.

A six-stakes card Saturday

Lone Star will run six restricted stakes worth a cumulative $500,000 on Saturday, as part of its annual Stars of Texas Day program. The richest races on the program are two divisions of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes, both for 2-year-olds.

Also on tap is the $100,000 Assault, in which the nominees include the 9-year-old Sandburr. Gold Coyote is among expected starters in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial.

* Patagonian is a top contender in Thursday night's featured eighth, a first-level allowance at a mile and a sixteenth on turf. He is returning to the distance of his last two wins, and he shakes Ernesto, whom he finished fifth to here June 12. Following their meeting, Ernesto set a course record for 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, when he covered the distance in 1:27.67 in a $45,000 optional claimer last Friday night at Lone Star. Eddie Martin Jr. will ride Patagonian for trainer Mindy Willis.

* Lang Heart, a half-brother to Lucky Roberto, the winner of the Grade 1 Hopeful in 1998, will make his debut in the third race. Justin Shepherd has the mount for trainer Allen Milligan.

* A crowd of 26,774 was in attendance at Lone Star on Friday night, when a fireworks display followed the races. It was the largest ontrack crowd since 53,717 attended the Breeders' Cup here in 2004.