05/25/2010 11:00PM

Visitors in for Lone Star Cap


Redding Colliery and Euroears flew into Texas on Wednesday to run in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap. The 1 1/16-mile race is Monday. It has a working list of seven probables, with starting highweights Mythical Power and Awesome Gem having been scheduled to arrive Thursday from Southern California.

Redding Colliery was third in the $1 million Charles Town Classic in his last start April 17. He will be a rare Lone Star starter for trainer Kiaran McLaughlin, who last raced at the track in 2004, when it hosted the Breeders' Cup. He said there were a couple of different reasons to target the Lone Star Handicap with Redding Colliery.

"It's not an easy ship for us from New York, but the situation looked like it could work out well for us," said McLaughlin, noting the race's distance and timing suited Redding Colliery. "So that's why we opted to go."

McLaughlin said Rosie Napravnik has the mount on Redding Colliery. The horse is based at Belmont Park, and vanned from there to Kentucky before catching the Wednesday flight to Texas.

Euroears came on the same flight out of Kentucky. In his last start, he was second to

Mythical Power in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star. It was the first two-turn start for Euroears, a multiple stakes-winning sprinter. He was edged on the wire after setting the pace.

"I thought it was an impressive race, and it was also heartbreaking," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Euroears. "I thought he ran such a good race, only to get beat in the end. He did everything we asked him to do. He relaxed very well early on, carried his speed all the way to the wire."

Jamie Theriot has the mount Monday.

Euroears and Redding Colliery are both weighted at 117 pounds for the Lone Star, two below the 119 assigned to Awesome Gem and Mythical Power. Others possible include Fifteen Love (117), who was third in the Texas Mile; Golden Yank (114), a four-time stakes winner; and Jonesboro (116), a millionaire who was second to It's a Bird in last year's Lone Star.

The race is the richest of seven stakes worth more than $1 million on Lone Star Million Day.