04/11/2007 11:00PM

Trial By Jury back at site of upset win


There is no stakes race on Saturday's 11-race card at Lone Star Park, but the program has a little bit of a lot of other things.

The featured 10th race is a no-conditions turf allowance race. Race 3, for Texas-bred maidens at 4 1/2 furlongs, marks the first 2-year-old race of the meet, and race 7 showcases the talents of promising 3-year-old Mr. Nightlinger.

Bret Calhoun trains Mr. Nightlinger, and has horses entered in five races.

Saturday marks trainer Cody Autrey's first major jump into this Lone Star season. Autrey, who got off to a blazing start last season, has horses for six different races.

The featured 10th, carded for 1 1/16 miles on turf, drew a field of seven that can safely be boiled down to four win contenders: Trial By Jury, Erroneous I D, Nobodywantmetilnow, and Wait in Line. Lone Star followers should recognize Trial By Jury, the 12-1 upset winner of last year's Dallas Turf Cup. That win came June 17; Trial By Jury didn't race again until September, and in two starts at the Remington Park meet showed little. He does come into Saturday's race off a series of fairly encouraging workouts for trainer Bruce Jackson.

Erroneous I D hasn't started since Dec. 16, when he finished eighth in the Buddy Diliberto Memorial Handicap at Fair Grounds, but Erroneous I D does not seem like a horse well-suited to the Fair Grounds turf. He has shown much more at Louisiana Downs and has won 1 of 2 on the Lone Star grass.

The Lone Star grass is Nobodywantmetilnow's favorite place. In races away from it, he has won just once in 12 starts, but Nobodywantmetilnow has won half of his eight turf races at Lone Star, including a minor stakes last summer.

Wait in Line has less turf experience than the other three horses, with just four grass races in his career. However, he also has better recent form, and was second to the good colt Stream Cat when last seen on the Lone Star turf last summer in the USA Stakes.

Mr. Nightlinger, the entry-level allowance horse in race 7, tried grass in his most recent out, setting the pace at Fair Grounds and holding decently while finishing a close fourth. But it was his dirt-sprint maiden win two races ago that marked Mr. Nightlinger as a horse to watch. That day, in the second start of his career, Mr. Nightlinger set a torrid early pace and drew away late from a heavily bet first-time starter to win by five lengths. He worked a bullet half-mile last Friday at Lone Star, and has a good chance to stretch his speed over a mile Saturday.