06/21/2001 11:00PM

After surgery, Maysville Slew back to work


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Maysville Slew is on the comeback trail, and his main objective this year is to return to the Grade 2 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs in November, a race he finished third in last year at 51-1.

Maysville Slew, who has earned $469,250 while racing mostly in the Mid-South, will have his first work since finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap in April this week at Lone Star Park.

Trainer C.R. Trout said the horse sustained a small bone chip in his right ankle in the Oaklawn Handicap, and has since had surgery to remove it. "He's come back really, really tough," said Trout.

Trout said Maysville Slew would be pointed for several races in the region before the Clark, among them the Louisiana Downs Handicap and the Remington Park Green.

No winter meet at Remington

Remington Park in Oklahoma City has asked the Oklahoma Racing Commission for 102 days of Thoroughbred racing next year from Aug. 3 to Dec. 23, and 40 days of Quarter Horse racing from April 4 to June 8. The track did not request a renewal of the winter Thoroughbred meet it has run the past two years, but instead added more dates to its fall meet for Thoroughbreds.

In other requests, Blue Ribbon Downs in Sallisaw, Okla., asked for 84 days of mixed racing from Feb. 2 to Nov. 24; Will Rogers Downs in Claremore asked for 12 days of Thoroughbred racing from April 12 to May 5; and Fair Meadows at Tulsa asked for two continual meets of mixed racing from May 31 to Aug. 3. The dates could be awarded as early as July.

Asmussens and Houston talk

Officials from Sam Houston Race Park in Houston confirmed that the track is in negotiations with Keith and Marilyn Asmussen to offer operational support if the couple is successful in bringing live racing and simulcasting to the Mexican border town of Laredo, Texas.

The Asmussens, who plan to convert their training center into a racetrack, requested input from Sam Houston, and have also asked the Texas Racing Commission to begin the application process for a parimutuel license during its meeting Wednesday.

Spencer, Cole named to commission

Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating has named Dr. Dean Spencer, a dentist, and Roger Cole, an insurance executive, to the Oklahoma Racing Commission. They replace Delores Mitchell and Ralph "Butch" Choate, whose terms expire Saturday. Spencer and Cole will serve from July 1 through June 30, 2007.

Mitchell, a teacher, served on the ORC for a record number of years, her first term from 1983 to 1989, and her second from 1991 to 2001.

In another change to the board, Jim Bowers was elected chairman of the ORC.

T.B. Track Star going on grass

T.B. Track Star, second in his last two starts at Lone Star, switches to turf in the seventh race Sunday, a 1 1/16-mile allowance worth $38,000. The race has also drawn Snuck In, who has never raced on turf, and Custer, who in his last start was fourth in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap.

Another in the race is Piranhurst, who gets more distance to work with after closing with a rush to finish second in an optional claiming race June 15.

"We ran him 7 1/2 furlongs last time, which is actually a little bit short for him," said trainer Joe Offolter, whose long-term goal with Piranhurst is the DeBartolo Memorial over 1 3/8 miles at Remington Park.