05/04/2004 11:00PM

Aloha Bold back on turf after big win in slop


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Aloha Bold, who has won half of his turf starts, is scheduled to return to that surface for the first time since January 2003 in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star Park on May 31, said his trainer, Wes Hawley.

The Beck became the game plan for Aloha Bold after he won an off-the-turf allowance at Lone Star last Friday. He covered five furlongs over a sloppy track in 56.26 seconds, earning a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

"As of right now, we're going in there," said Hawley. "On the grass, he's won three out of six and made $120,000. He's a nice horse on the grass."

Aloha Bold won an optional claimer at Fair Grounds the last time he raced on turf. Prior to his allowance win last Friday, he had placed third in three consecutive dirt stakes: the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap, the Pelleteri Breeders' Cup, and the Taylor's Special.

One of Hawley's other stakes performers, Seainsky, could also be at Lone Star on May 31. He is under consideration for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap.

"He's training exceptionally well," said Hawley.

Seainsky would be looking for his first stakes win. He has placed in four stakes during his 29-race career, and overall has six wins and earnings of $236,888.

Hi Teck Man eyes Pin Oak

Hi Teck Man is tentatively being pointed for the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes on turf here May 31, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun. Hi Teck Man was expected to make his turf debut last out in the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge, but the race was moved to a sloppy main track because of inclement weather. Hi Teck Man finished fifth, 3 3/4 lengths behind promising winner Cryptograph.

"I thought he ran a game race all things considered," said Calhoun. "He was wide both turns, and you can't get hung wide against horses like that. That's just the way it was. He drew a wide post."

Hi Teck Man has won 6 of 10 starts and $398,691. His biggest career win came in the $500,000 WinStar Derby at Sunland Park in March.

Go Kitty Go back on turf in feature

Go Kitty Go, who won the $100,000 Borderland Derby over Hi Teck Man in February, returns to turf for the first time since November 2003 in the seventh race Friday night. An entry-level allowance, the one-mile race is for 3-year-olds and has a purse of $26,000.

Go Kitty Go was set to return to turf in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge last month at Lone Star, but rain forced the race to a sloppy main track, and he finished sixth. In his last turf start, he was second by a length in a maiden race at Woodbine. Casey Lambert has the mount on Go Kitty Go for trainer Mac Millar.

Bang possible for Los Angeles Times

Bang, who had been considered possible for the $75,000 Ford Express at Lone Star on Saturday, will make his next start in either the Grade 3, $150,000 Los Angeles Times Handicap at Hollywood Park on Saturday, or the $40,000 Express Stakes at Albuquerque on May 15, according to his breeder, Michael Power.

Bang, who is trained by Eric Kruljac, has won his last five starts, all at Sunland Park in New Mexico.

As of Wednesday, there were six probables for the Ford Express: Beau's Town, Gold Storm, Grand Steal, Ole Rebel, That Tat, and Where's the Ring.

Was My Case, a multiple allowance winner, remains possible for the race, said his trainer, Terry Brennan. Was My Case is also under consideration for the $50,000 Kings Court at Louisiana Downs on May 29.