07/10/2002 11:00PM

'Action' eyes second stakes win


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Action Tonight, winner of a division of the Texas Stallion Stakes, takes on some up-and-coming colts Saturday in the $89,100 Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park.

The six-furlong race for 2-year-olds drew a field of eight, including Worker Man, a $5,000 supplement, and impressive maiden winners Slam Bam and Flag Dancer.

Action Tonight is the lone stakes winner in the field, and its most experienced member with four career starts. In his last race June 29, he won his maiden in the $122,500 Texas Stallion Stakes. He led throughout to win the 5 1/2-furlong race by 2 1/2 lengths over Leo's Last Hurrahy, who had won the $150,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity.

"The horse came back so good, we hated to skip this race and leave him on the shelf," said Danny Pish, who trains Action Tonight for George Wolfe.

Action Tonight, a half-brother to Jean Lafitte Futurity winner First Attraction, will be ridden by Roman Chapa. He is one of five colts in the field not eligible for the Breeders' Cup funds, and as a result will be racing for a purse of $64,100.

One of the chief threats to Action Tonight could be Slam Bam, who rolled to a 4 1/4-length maiden win in his last start. He led throughout the 5 1/2-furlong race, over a track rated good, finishing in a fast 1:04.41.

Since the race, Slam Bam has worked well for trainer Steve Asmussen. He will be ridden Saturday by Ron Ardoin.

Corey Lanerie has the call on the Asmussen-trained Worker Man, a closer who will benefit if Action Tonight and Slam Bam duel on the lead. Another who could push the pace is Flag Dancer, who won his only start by nine lengths in wire-to-wire fashion June 26.

Flag Dancer adds Lasix for Saturday's race.

Another to consider is maiden Cajun Brogue, a half-brother to Grade 3 stakes winner Roxelana who stumbled and lost his rider at the start when favored in a maiden race last out at Louisiana Downs.

"He came back good. I was hoping that he wouldn't be rattled mentally, and he wasn't," said trainer Keith Desormeaux.

On the undercard, Boots on Sunday, who was beaten a nose in the $150,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on July 4, meets stakes winners Joyful Tune, Lights on Broadway, Temperence Time, and comebacker Lexington Park in a six-furlong allowance worth $37,000.

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