05/12/2005 11:00PM

'Yessir' works in 57.60

Benoit & Associates
Yessirgeneralsir will try to defend his title in the Lone Star 'Cap on May 30.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Yessirgeneralsir remains on course to defend his title in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap. He came out of a powerful five-furlong work in 57.60 seconds Thursday in good order. He worked under jockey Justin Shepherd, who is scheduled to ride him for the first time in the Lone Star Park Handicap, a 1 1/16-mile race to be run May 30.

Yessirgeneralsir worked alone and to the wire, and his time was the fastest of 15 at the distance at Lone Star on Thursday.

"That was getting him to work as slow as he'll work," said Dallas Keen, who trains Yessirgeneralsir for Jim Jackson. "That's a very easy work for him. He's big and stout, and he covers some ground. Watching him, you don't even think he's going that fast. You've got to look at a clock to realize he's going that fast. He's got such a tremendous stride."

The work tied Yessirgeneralsir's fastest published five-furlong move, one he achieved last July at Lone Star. Keen said he plans to work Yessirgeneralsir two more times before the Lone Star Park Handicap: a five-furlong work May 19 and a four-furlong work May 26.

Yessirgeneralsir last raced April 30, when he finished fourth in the Texas Mile after setting the pace. The race was his second start since the fall. In his first, he finished second by a neck in the $50,000 Premiere Stakes at Lone Star on April 14. Keen said Yessirgeneralsir came out of the Texas Mile in good order, but added, "I might have run him back a little too quick."

Yessirgeneralsir will come into this year's Lone Star Park Handicap following the same pattern he did in 2004.

"He handled this race good last year, and it was the third race back off a long layoff," said Keen.

Shepherd, a young rider who has worked Yessirgeneralsir before, has occasionally teamed up with Keen this meet.

"I've been real impressed with the way he's riding," said Keen. "He can get a lot of run out of a horse."

The Lone Star Park Handicap anchors the Lone Star Million Day card, a program of stakes worth a cumulative $1 million. Keen said his other starter on the day will be My Misty Princess in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff. My Misty Princess won the prep for the race last week, when she captured an allowance over Irving Distaff winner Queena Corrina.

"She beat some real nice fillies the other day," said Keen. "It was just like a stakes race."

Keen said My Misty Princess will be ridden by Jamie Theriot.

Back to turf for Silent Picture

Silent Picture, who ran arguably the best race of his career when he was second in the $200,000 USA Stakes last May, will make his second start back from a layoff Sunday in the featured ninth race. He will be returning to turf for the first time since the USA and takes on nine others in a one-mile conditioned allowance with a purse of $28,500.

Silent Picture returned to the races April 14 and finished fourth in a six-furlong allowance that went in a quick 1:10. He won his maiden on turf last March at Fair Grounds before finishing second in the USA, a 1 1/16-mile turf race that is part of the Million Day program at Lone Star.

Glen Murphy has the mount for trainer Bret Calhoun.

Others in the race include Major League, a stakes winner on turf, and Justa Red Bird, who was third in the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge in his last start April 30.

* The final four races of the program Sunday will be simulcast to California.