Updated on 09/17/2011 10:57AM

Today's special: Pie N Burger


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The class drop Pie N Burger takes Sunday for the $60,000 Bob Johnson Memorial makes him a standout. The one-mile race for 3-year-olds and up is one of two stakes races that close out the meet at Lone Star Park.

Pie N Burger took down one of the track's biggest prizes in his last start, when he drove to a front-running win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap May 26. In that race he defeated Grade 2 winner Bluesthestandard.

Since then, Pie N Burger has worked fast, drilling five furlongs in a bullet 58.40 seconds July 6. Sunday, he will be shooting for his third win at the meet in as many starts.

Jamie Theriot has the mount for leading trainer Cole Norman, who with 93 wins going into the races Thursday night had a chance to break Steve Asmussen's record for wins by a trainer in a season at Lone Star.

Asmussen set the record last year, when he won 95 races at Lone Star.

Pie N Burger's chief threat in the Bob Johnson could be up-and-coming 3-year-old Guaranteed Sweep. He met older rivals for the first time last out, and easily won a one-mile optional claiming race by 7 1/2 lengths.

Others in the Bob Johnson are Rare Cure, winner of the $100,000 Assault for statebreds June 28, Compendium, Agrivating General, and Golden Hare.

Calhoun going strong

Trainer Bret Calhoun has two chances to close out his outstanding Lone Star meet with a stakes win Sunday. He will start leading contender Beau's County in the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup, and Southern California shipper Golden Hare in the Bob Johnson.

Calhoun has won at a 33 percent rate all meet to rank third in the standings behind Norman and Asmussen. He had won 48 races going into the card Thursday.

"It's been an incredible meet," Calhoun said. "I came here with a goal to win 40 races, and I thought that was a pretty lofty goal. Last night, we won our [48th] Now my goal is to try and win 50."

Following this meet, Calhoun will have 20-26 horses stabled at Delaware Park; 28 at Louisiana Downs; and 32 at Arlington Park.

Among those horses headed to Delaware are Bay Marvel, who has run the fastest six-furlong time of the meet. He won his maiden in 1:08.60, then came back to win an entry-level allowance race in the same time.

Another of his top horses is Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity winner Next Bandit, who could start in a stakes race at Delaware.

Thomas fighting brain tumor

Trainer Normie Thomas Jr. has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. He had raced a small string of horses here this meet, but upon learning he had a short period of time to live has returned to his home in Oklahoma.

Thomas is one of two trainers who have been ill the past few weeks. The other is Paul Murphy, who is expected to make a full recovery from the colon surgery he underwent Wednesday.

Norm Morrison, a state steward at the track, also had surgery in the last week. He had to have tumors removed from his lymph nodes, and the prognosis for his recovery is good. He is hospitalized at M.D. Anderson in Houston.

Meanwhile, a graveside service for Jack Moody, agent to jockey Tim Doocy, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Elmwood Cemetery in Hartshorne, Okla. Moody died of an apparent heart attack at his home near Louisiana Downs Tuesday.

- Matt Crawford, a former trainer who has been the identifier at Lone Star since 1998, will be leaving his post after the meet ends Sunday to go to work as a bloodstock agent for the ownership group Turf Express.

Last year, Turf Express ranked among the nation's top 10 owners in wins.