07/22/2008 11:00PM

Turf horses rack up stakes for Pish


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Ernesto and Lone Star Special have accounted for three turf stakes wins this summer for trainer Danny Pish, who is just beginning to map out fall campaigns for the horses. Ernesto won his third straight race in the $50,000 Bob Johnson Memorial last weekend at Lone Star Park, and earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"That was a big one there," Pish said. "He beat some nice horses. It looks like he's picked his game up to a new level."

Ernesto's win streak began at Lone Star on June 12, when he won a $25,000 claiming race at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf. One start later, he set a Lone Star course record at that same distance, when he won a $45,000 optional claiming race in 1:27.60. Then came Ernesto's first stakes win, in the Bob Johnson.

"I'm not sure where we're going next with him," Pish said. "We're looking at maybe the DeBartolo Memorial at Remington Park as one possibility."

The $150,000 DeBartolo, at 1 1/8 miles on turf, will be run on Sept. 1.

Lone Star Special, a 3-year-old who won an allowance at Lone Star before taking back-to-back turf stakes this summer at Louisiana Downs, could be headed to Arlington Park. Pish said the horse is under consideration for the $100,000 Lake Michigan for 3-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs on turf Sept. 20.

Pish is the fourth-leading trainer at the Lone Star meet that ends Sunday. This fall, he will have a division of horses stabled at Remington Park in Oklahoma City for the first time. The meet there opens Aug. 21. Pish also will have a full barn of horses at his home track, Retama Park near San Antonio, which opens Aug. 29, and he will continue to race at Louisiana Downs.

Competitive group in allowance

A case can be made for most of the starters in Friday night's featured eighth race, a first-level allowance at six furlongs. The chief players appear to be Dandy Too, Lunarpeal, and Cowboy Shoes.

Cowboy Shoes exits a quick-paced $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial for Texas-breds in which he finished fifth to multiple stakes winner Gold Coyote. Before that, he was second in a first-level allowance won by Hensley, who returned in his next start to win a $35,000 optional claimer at Lone Star.

Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount on Cowboy Shoes for trainer Bret Calhoun.