07/03/2010 12:00AM

Aces N Kings handles transition to turf


Turf or dirt, Aces N Kings has been an unbeatable 2-year-old. He ran his record to 4 for 4 on Saturday at Louisiana Downs, when he pulled away by 2 1/2 lengths in the $50,000 Minstrel.

The five-furlong race was one of four turf stakes on the card.

Aces N Kings ($13.40) had raced exclusively on dirt leading up to the Minstrel. He won a maiden special weight, a trial race, and the $60,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, all at Lone Star Park.

Aces N Kings on Saturday moved to the lead quickly after the start of the Minstrel, and dueled through an opening quarter of 22.10 seconds. He then had more in the lane, to cover the distance on a course that was upgraded to firm in 57.41 seconds.

"He ran a big race," said Bob Young, who trains Aces N Kings for Caroline Dodwell. "He did everything right. He broke good, won easy. You couldn't ask him to do any more. He beat some nice horses."

Brian's Choice, a seven-length debut winner at Louisiana Downs on June 17, finished second. It was another length back in third to favorite Brickyard Fast, who lacked racing room late in the turn. Brickyard Fast came into the Minstrel off a 10-length maiden special weight win for which he earned a Beyer Figure of 87.

Eguard Tejera rode Aces N Kings for Young, who said the horse will probably be given some time off. Aces N Kings earned $30,000 for the win, pushing his career earnings to $88,428. He is a son of the Phone Trick stallion Jet Phone.

*In the other 2-year-old stakes on the card, Do Dat Blues ($8) gradually wore down even-money favorite Dixieland Blue in the stretch for a one-length win in the $50,000 Princess for fillies. Do Dat Blues covered five furlongs on a turf course rated good in 57.75 seconds. Richard Eramia rode the winner for Joe and Gene Walkoviak and trainer Michelle Lovell.

*Category Seven won her third straight race when she launched a sweeping move on the final turn of the $50,000 Top Corsage for fillies and mares at 7 1/2 furlongs and rolled down the middle of the course. Dancin Perfect finished a half-length back in second, while it was another 2.5 lengths back to Pretty Squall.

Category Seven ($5) came into the Top Corsage off back-to-back allowance wins, one at Evangeline Downs on May 14 and the other at Louisiana Downs on June 13. She raced in fifth in the early stages Saturday, moved up around the final turn, and went on to cover the distance on firm turf in 1:30.54. Eramia rode the winner for James Perron Racing Stable and Kenneth Hargrave.

*In the other stakes on the card for older horses, Lee's Spirit closed fast to win the $50,000 Barksdale by 1 1/4 lengths over Tortuga Straits. Mogumbo Cat, the favorite, was checked sharply entering the backstretch, hit traffic in the lane, and closed for third.

Lee's Spirit ($16.80) covered 7 1/2 furlongs on firm turf in 1:30.59. Tejera rode the winner for S A S Partners and trainer Bob Schultz.