07/21/2008 11:00PM

W.Va. Derby for Real Appeal?


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Real Appeal might return to graded stakes competition for his next start following his recent last-to-first win in the $75,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds at Lone Star Park. He breezed five furlongs in 1:00.40 at his Churchill Downs base Tuesday.

"We're going to take a look at the West Virginia Derby," said Tom Amoss, who trains Real Appeal for Roulette Racing. "It's a big step, obviously. We're going to look at it and decide if he fits."

The Grade 3, $750,000 West Virginia Derby is at 1 1/8 miles, and it will be run at Mountaineer on Aug. 2. Real Appeal, who last year ran a close fourth in the Grade 2 Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill, picked up his second career stakes win in the Alysheba. He closed strongly for a 1 1/2-length win in the one-mile race run June 28, one start after finishing a troubled-trip 10th in the Grade 3 Lone Star Derby on May 10.

"It made us feel like we were back on track," Amoss said of the Alysheba.

For the effort, Real Appeal earned a Beyer Figure of 87. And since the win Real Appeal has been flattered as Alysheba runner-up Turnleftatthelight returned in his next start to win an allowance at Lone Star. Real Appeal is a son of Successful Appeal. His other stakes win came in the $50,000 Texas Heritage at Sam Houston Race Park.

Joe Move drops down from stakes win

Joe Move, a $500 purchase at auction who became a stakes winner last out in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Turf Sprint, returns to the overnight ranks Thursday night in the featured eighth race. The $45,000 optional claimer at five furlongs on turf drew a field of seven older horses, including recent allowance winner Sweeten With Gold.

Joe Move, 8, owns the course record at the distance, set last July, when he covered five furlongs on turf in 55 seconds. He ran a career race in his most recent out July 5, setting a quick pace and finishing a length best in the Lone Star Park Turf Sprint. For the effort, Joe Move earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 96.

Eguard Tejera has the mount for owner-trainer Richard Bird. Joe Move won at this level on May 17 at Lone Star. He is a son of the Gone West stallion Moving Shoulder and has compiled a career record of 9 wins from 43 starts for earnings of $155,109. Bird purchased him as a yearling out of a mixed sale in Texas.

Berry eyes title No. 3

Lone Star will end its meet on Sunday, and jockey Cliff Berry appears to have locked up his third local title. He had won 84 races at the meet through Tuesday, while the second leading rider, Luis Quinonez, had 65 wins. In third place was Eddie Martin Jr. with 55.

"It's been a great meet," said Berry, whose biggest supporters include trainer Bret Calhoun.

Calhoun is second in the trainer standings with 66 wins. The leader is Steve Asmussen, with 72. Tom Durant and Jan Haynes are tied with 15 wins each in the race for leading owner.

Following this meet, Berry said he will be based at Remington Park, the Oklahoma City track that opened for training on Tuesday. It is the next stop for a number of riders and trainers based at Lone Star, and already more than 200 horses have settled in at Remington since its stable area opened Monday. The meet begins Aug. 21.

* The Lone Star jockey colony raised about $20,000 for the Don MacBeth Fund through its annual dinner, dance, and auction held last Tuesday, said event coordinator Pat Barrett. The riders put on a talent show dressed as celebrities. One highlight was jockey Patrick Boxie co-starring as Tina Turner.