07/11/2007 12:00AM

Trainer looks to stretch out Gold Coyote


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Gold Coyote put up the year's highest Beyer Speed Figure for a 2-year-old colt on Saturday, when he won the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star Park with a 100. The win came at a distance that figures to be less than optimum for him, and on Wednesday morning his trainer, Bret Calhoun, was just starting to look at the races available to eventually stretch out Gold Coyote.

"We think he's got the pedigree, the build, and the mind to go two turns," he said. "He's still got to do it, but we're definitely thinking that direction. I'm going to have to find a spot to do that."

Gold Coyote was a 10-length winner of the Texas Stallion Stakes, covering 5 1/2 furlongs in a sharp 1:03. The highest juvenile Beyer Figure of the year is owned by the filly Rated Fiesty, who earned a 102 for her win in the Grade 3 Kentucky Breeders' Cup.

Calhoun said Gold Coyote could make his next start at six furlongs, in the $70,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star on July 29. Beyond that, he said the colt might come under consideration for a race like the Grade 3, $200,000 Arlington-Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity at Arlington Park on Sept. 1.

"In the back of my mind, I've had the Arlington-Washington," he said. "But that's a one-turn mile on the Polytrack, so I don't know if I'd go in that direction because of that. But it is a possibility.

Calhoun said Gold Coyote also is nominated to the El Joven on grass at Retama Park.

"I don't really want to change surfaces," he said. "I'm trying to find a place to stretch him out, but I haven't come up with a spot that I really want to do it."

Calhoun won the 2003 Arlington-Washington with Cactus Ridge, who was undefeated at 2. He believes Gold Coyote has the potential of a horse like Cactus Ridge, and said he sees a similar trait in the two, which is an ability to "set the hot early fractions easy, take the pace pressure, and put their competition away."

Gold Coyote is a son of the Seattle Slew stud Gold Legend. He is the first stakes winner from his dam, Coyote Cafe, who is by Seeking the Gold. Gold Coyote was bred in Texas by his owner, Clarence Scharbauer Jr.

Valid Lil puts perfection on the line

Valid Lil will put her 3-for-3 record on the line in Friday night's featured ninth race, a $20,000 optional claimer that carries a first-level allowance condition. The race is for fillies and mares at 6 1/2 furlongs. Valid Lil has won her three races by a combined margin of 22 lengths. She will be facing open company for the first time, following a 3 3/4-length win over Texas-breds here June 24.

"It was a dominating race," said Calhoun. "She broke okay, eased up to the lead, and drew off."

Valid Lil, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Be a Resident, could make her stakes debut in the near future. Calhoun said options in the region include the $50,000 Adena Springs Matchmaker at Remington Park on Aug. 4, and the $45,000 New Braunfels at Retama Park on Oct. 6.

Among the chief threats to Valid Lil on Friday are Devin Bound and Sheza Lucky Son'so. Devin Bound invades from Churchill Downs, where in her last start she was a three-length winner over $25,000 claimers on June 30. Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Cody Autrey.

Moneyinmywranglers has options

Moneyinmywranglers won her fourth race at the meet last Saturday in the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes. She could run out of state next, said her co-owner and trainer, Sharon Barker.

"We're looking around at different tracks," said Barker. "She came back good. We'll just see what comes around."

Barker said upcoming options include the $50,000 Ponca City Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs at Remington Park on Aug. 3, as well as the $45,000 Lakeway Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs at Retama Park on Sept. 8. Barker said she has put in for stalls at Retama.