06/26/2006 11:00PM

12-year-old Proven Cure reloads

Lone Star Park
Proven Cure after winning the $40,000 Littlebitlively Stakes at Lone Star Park last out, on April 22. Quincy Hamilton was aboard.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Proven Cure, a 12-year-old who has won 3 of 4 starts this year, returned to training on Tuesday at Lone Star Park after being freshened.

Proven Cure won two optional claiming races at Sam Houston Race Park in January

and February, then finished second, beaten a nose, in the $50,000 Turf Sprint Cup there in March. In his most recent start, Proven Cure won the $40,000 Littlebitlively as the favorite at five furlongs on turf at Lone Star on April 22.

"We've started back with him now," said John Locke, who trains Proven Cure for William Reed. "He looks good."

Proven Cure spent his time off at a farm in Kansas City, Mo. Locke and Reed are discussing the horse's next-race possibilities, and one of them is the $50,000 Brother Brown at five furlongs on turf at Remington Park in Oklahoma City on Aug. 5.

Proven Cure, a career winner of $733,531, is one of two five-furlong sprint stakes winners Locke has sent out this meet at Lone Star. On Saturday, he sent out Magic Power, who was prominent throughout in a one-length win in the $40,000 Miller Lite. She paid $17.

"I thought she ran really good," said Locke. "She didn't break really sharp, but put herself up there with the leaders really quick. You always worry that they won't finish when they do that, but she did that day."

It was the sixth turf sprint win for Magic Power from nine such starts. Locke said next-race plans are being discussed with Magic Power's owner, S L R Stables. Among the options are the $50,000 Adena Springs Matchmaker at five furlongs on turf at Remington Park on Aug. 4.

Locke plans to send a division of his stable to Remington this year for the first time since 1993. The meet opens in August. He will also have a stable of horses at Retama Park near San Antonio.

Other top horses in Locke's barn include Oncearoundtwice, who last year won the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star. He is a Texas-bred, and is being considered for the $75,000 Assault for statebreds here on July 8, said Locke.

A R Crackers has several stakes options in the coming months, said Locke. A stakes winner, he is a candidate for stakes later this year at Remington or Retama.

Four straight for Durrymane?

Durrymane, who has won all three of her turf starts this meet, will tackle optional claiming rivals in the featured eighth race on Thursday night. The 7 1/2-furlong turf race is for fillies and mares, and to win her fourth straight race Durrymane will have to overcome tough rivals in Smokey Diplomacy, Bow Time, and Won Ton Win.

Durrymane has shown versatility in her turf races, winning a first-level allowance on the front end in her last start June 3. Before that race, she won a pair of claimers at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, and in those races rallied from well off the pace. Trainer Danny Duncan has given the mount to Terry Stanton.

Smokey Diplomacy, who in one start over the local course finished second by a half-length in an allowance in April, returns to Texas. She enters the race off a runner-up finish at this level at Louisiana Downs. Trainer Larry Robideaux Jr., has given the mount to Roman Chapa.

Extended race week begins Thursday

Lone Star will hold racing on six consecutive days beginning Thursday because of the July 4 holiday. The race week runs through Tuesday. There is a special first post of 5 p.m. Central on Sunday and Monday, with a fireworks show to follow the races those nights at approximately 10 p.m. First post on Tuesday will be 1:35 p.m. Central.