Coyote Legend

Lone Star: Coyote Legend completes big stakes night for Calhoun

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Bret Calhoun won three of the four stakes that made up the closing day card at Lone Star Park on Saturday, sending out Coyote Legend to a gritty win in the $50,000 Assault, and sweeping both $100,000 divisions of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity with Closing Report and Circustown Flyer.

The stakes, which were all restricted, made up the annual Stars of Texas Day. Purses for the races were $300,000, making the program one of the richest of the meet at Lone Star.

Lone Star Park: Coyote Legend heads Calhoun’s big effort

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Coyote Legend is a two-time Assault winner, having won in 2010 at the age of 3, and again last year at 5.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Trainer Bret Calhoun will attack the Stars of Texas Day program at Lone Star Park on Saturday. He has eight runners in the four restricted stakes that close out the meet, led by the reigning Texas-bred horse of the year, Coyote Legend, in the $50,000 Assault. The program also features the $50,000 Valor Farm, and a pair of $100,000 divisions of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity for total stakes purses of $300,000.

Lone Star Park: Coyote Legend, Skip a Smile meet again

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Coyote Legend will try for his 18th career win in Saturday's featured race at Lone Star Park.

Saturday’s Lone Star Park allowance feature at a mile on turf has all the makings of a good, old-fashioned Texas shootout.

In one corner is Coyote Legend, a 17-time winner who does not appear to have lost a step, having won three of his last four starts. In the other is Skip a Smile, who has won 11 times, including his last two in stakes company over the winter at Sam Houston.

The two biggest names in Texas racing train the pair. Bret Calhoun conditions Coyote Legend while all-time Lone Star training leader Steve Asmussen trains Skip a Smile.

Donoharm to rest for two months in Texas

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Donoharm, the winner of the $100,000 Essex at Oaklawn in February, will get a two-month freshening in Texas.

Donoharm, a two-time stakes winner during the Oaklawn meet who finished an uncharacteristic sixth in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile last month at Lone Star Park, is getting a 60-day vacation, trainer Bret Calhoun said. The horse will be freshened at the North Texas operation of Diamond D Ranch.

Donoharm won five consecutive races from October to February, when he captured the $100,000 Essex at Oaklawn, defeating San Pablo. Also during his streak, Donoharm won the $75,000 Fifth Season at Oaklawn in January and the $70,000 Sam’s Town at Delta Downs in November.

Churchill Downs: Alternation limited to jogging due to inflammation

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Alternation, a 5-year-old millionaire, will miss the May 17 Pimlico Special because of an inflamed tibia.

Alternation will not defend his title in the May 17 Pimlico Special, as his connections have had to lighten up on his training. Alternation has been diagnosed with inflammation in his stifle region following his eighth-place finish in last month’s Grade 2, $500,000 Oaklawn Handicap and is jogging at Churchill Downs.

“He went to the clinic, and we did a bone scan,” said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Alternation for Pin Oak Stable.

Lone Star Park: Asmussen sends pair to Grade 3 Texas Mile

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Master Rick, seen winning last year's Northern Spur Stakes at Oaklawn Park, will start in Saturday's Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Trainer Steve Asmussen will attack the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park on Saturday with two horses, Master Rick and Prayer for Relief, because he feels the distance is the right fit for both runners. A field of six was drawn Wednesday for the one-mile stakes.

Master Rick enters the Texas Mile off a 2  1/4-length win at the distance in a second-level allowance at Oaklawn on Feb. 28. He earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 94, which is the best last-race number in Saturday’s field.

Sam Houston: Skip a Smile withstands foul claim to win Jersey Village

Skip a Smile, the 2011 Texas-bred horse of the year, withstood a claim of foul by the rider of Coyote Legend, who won the same honor in 2012, to win Saturday night’s $50,000 Jersey Village at Sam Houston Race Park. Skip a Smile won by a length over Doctor Romane, while Coyote Legend ended up sixth after being forced to check sharply in the stretch under jockey Roman Chapa.

Sam Houston: Coyote Legend repeats in Star of Texas

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Trainer Bret Calhoun and jockey Cliff Berry teamed up to win three stakes on Saturday's card at Sam Houston, including the $100,000 Star of Texas with Coyote Legend.

Coyote Legend wired the field in the $100,000 Star of Texas Stales at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night to win his first start since earning 2012 Texas-bred horse of the year honors. The race was one of four Texas-bred stakes on the card, and Coyote Legend’s trainer, Bret Calhoun, and his jockey, Cliff Berry, won three of the races.

Sam Houston: Coyote Legend seeks Star of Texas repeat

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Coyote Legend earned 2012 Texas-bred horse of the year honors by winning the Assault Stakes at Lone Star Park and the Star of Texas at Sam Houston.

Fresh off wrapping up 2012 Texas-bred horse of the year honors, Coyote Legend will launch his 6-year-old season in Saturday night’s $100,000 Star of Texas at Sam Houston Race Park. He is the defending champ in the mile and a sixteenth race for older horses, which is the richest of four Texas-bred stakes on the card. The program is part of the opening weekend festivities at the Houston track.

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