09/14/2004 11:00PM

Agrivating General done for '04

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Agrivating General (left) outfinishes Crook in the 2003 Premiere.

Agrivating General, who would have been one of the leading contenders in the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes on Saturday night at Retama Park, will miss the race, said his trainer, Danny Pish.

"We just made the decision," said Pish.

Pish said Agrivating General will have the next 120 days off. He had some "slight lameness" in his hind end, and is now scheduled to launch his comeback next year.

"It's not one big problem, just a lot of little ones," said Pish.

Agrivating General has won 7 of 21 starts and $267,150 for his owner and breeder, Lonnie Bates. He won three straight races this summer at Lone Star, including the opening-night $50,000 Premiere Stakes.

Agrivating General was one of the top contenders in the Hall of Fame, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for Texas-breds that highlights the annual Texas Hall of Fame night at Retama. The program features six restricted Thoroughbred stakes worth $470,000.

Pish, who leads the standings at Retama, will be active with three other starters on the card. His best chance for victory might lie with Leaving on My Mind, who returns to the main track, where he is stakes-placed, in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Roman Chapa, the leading rider at Retama, will be aboard Leaving on My Mind.

Unlike years past, there will be no gala Saturday night inducting new members into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame. This year, the ceremonies are being split. The Quarter Horse inductees were honored at Sam Houston, while Thoroughbred horsemen Will Farish and Nelson Bunker Hunt will be inducted next month at Lone Star.

Half-sisters at it again

For the second time since the spring, half-sisters Due to Win and Due to Win Again have each won stakes within a few weeks of each other. Due to Win captured the $50,000 Matron at Evangeline Downs on Sept. 4, while Due to Win Again won the $60,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 11.

In the spring, Due to Win Again won the $50,000 Honeymoon Stakes on May 15, while Due to Win captured the $50,000 Fleur de Lis on May 30. Both races were at Louisiana Downs.

Due to Win is a 9-year-old by Lac Ouimet and Due to Win Again is a 6-year-old by Pioneering. Both mares are out of Duenita.

"We bought her when we first got in the horse business," said Penny Scarberry, who with her husband, Howard Scarberry, bred and owns Due to Win and Due to Win Again. The Scarberrys got into racing in the early 1990's.

Penny Scarberry said the goal for Due to Win Again, who seems best on turf, is to step her up into a yet to be determined graded stakes, possible in Kentucky.

Due to Win, whose recent stakes victories have come on dirt, will be shopping for a stakes at Delta Downs in Vinton, La. Penny Scarberry said there are no immediate plans in place to retire the 9-year-old Due to Win.

"Not as long as she keeps running [well]," she said. "It seems like she's on top of her game right now."

Duenita did not have a foal this year, but is believed to be in foal to Silky Sweep.

New stakes at Lone Star

Lone Star has added a $50,000 sprint race for 2-year-old fillies to its stakes schedule for the upcoming Breeders' Cup meet that opens on Oct. 1. The inaugural Lone Star Park Juvenile Fillies will be run over six furlongs on Oct. 28.

It will share a program with the International Jockey Championship, and it is one of 26 stakes to be run during the 19-date meet that continues through Oct. 31.

Lone Star will be the host site for the Breeders' Cup for the first time on Oct. 30, and things have been busy at the track. Juddmonte Farms sent representative Teddy Grimthorpe to Lone Star on Wednesday to inspect the facilities, and he indicated the ownership might send Nebraska Tornado for the $1 million Filly and Mare Turf and Polish Summer for the $2 million John Deere Breeders' Cup Turf. Both horses are Group 1 winners trained by Andre Fabre.

Alan Cooper, the racing manager for the Niarchos Family, was set to tour Lone Star on Thursday. The ownership's Breeders' Cup starters are expected to include Six Perfections and Bago.

Others who have toured Lone Star recently include representatives from Shadwell Farm, Gainsborough, and the International Racing Bureau.

Strong allowances at Louisiana Downs

Louisiana Downs is carding two interesting allowance races on Friday. In the first race, stakes winner Blue Guru will cut back to one turn for a seven-furlong allowance worth $26,000.

In the 10th race, Electrode, who was a stakes winner last year at Louisiana Downs, will be offered for a claiming price of $30,000 as he attempts to win his third straight race. Electrode faces a competitive group in the six-furlong optional claimer, including Zarb's Dahar.

* Pat Day will ride at Lone Star on opening night of the Breeders' Cup meet as part of his national tour for the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.