09/13/2004 11:00PM

America America to be sold in foal


America America, who raced in four countries as a 2-year-old and registered her biggest wins in Texas, will be sold during the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky selected fall mixed sale on Nov. 7, said her owner and trainer, Franck Mourier.

America America will sell in foal to El Prado in a special "boutique session" of the sale, according to Terence Collier, director of marketing for Fasig-Tipton. America America was retired in July after sustaining a hairline fracture to her left front sesamoid bone in the Grade 1 Coaching Club of America Oaks on July 24. Mourier said no surgery was required, and America America has since been living on a Paris, Ky., farm on which he has rented a private barn.

America America grabbed headlines for her travels - and her 17 starts at 2, which was a throwback to horses such as Seabiscuit. She won her maiden at Gulfstream Park at 53-1 in April 2003, and when Mourier headed back to his native France for the summer that year, he raced her in England and Germany.

America America also raced at Woodbine in Canada as a 2-year-old before returning to the United States and defeating male rivals in the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston in November 2003.

America America's other career stakes win came in Texas, at 3. She won the $100,000 Lone Star Oaks at Lone Star Park on turf on July 4, and from there shipped to Belmont Park for the Coaching Club.

Mourier has always been the first to admit America America kept a demanding schedule. But he also kept her in light training during her racing career, and said she had the attitude of a colt. She seemed to respond to the racing, compiling a 4-7-4 record from 27 starts for earnings of $403,050.

"I was concerned about when she would stop [racing] because she needed a lot of action," said Mourier. "[But] she is enjoying life.

"She overcame my mistakes."

Mourier said he will be the consignor of America America.

"I want to stay with her until the last minute," he said. "It's really sad. I literally lived with her the past two years."

Mourier, who bought America America for $5,000, said he is selling her because he is not in the business of breeding horses. He was shopping for race prospects at the Keeneland yearling sale in Lexington, Ky., on Tuesday.

Catalano gets stalls at Lone Star

Wayne Catalano, who trains for the Texas-based ownership group Turf Express, has been granted 30 stalls for the upcoming Breeders' Cup meet at Lone Star. He is one of several new stables expected for the 19-date meet that opens on Oct. 1.

Outside of Michael Gill, the leading owner in North America, who was granted 50 stalls, other new faces at the meet will include the Chicago-based Hugh Robertson, who is expected to bring 15 horses to Lone Star.

Steve Asmussen, the nation's leading trainers in wins, heads the list of regulars returning for the meet, which runs through Oct. 31.

Larry Craft, director of racing at Lone Star, said the stable area will open for the meet on Monday. It has operated as a training center since the close of the spring session in July.

Lone Star hosts the Breeders' Cup on Oct. 30.

Best distance for 'Leo' and 'Rio'

Leo's Way and Rio de Esperanza will return to the distance of their last win Thursday in the featured seventh race at Louisiana Downs. The entry-level allowance will be run over one mile and 70 yards and the purse is $24,000.

Leo's Way was claimed out of his last start, when he ran third in a 1 1/16-mile turf race. His last win came in June over a mile and 70 yards on the main track. James Hodges trains Leo's Way and has given the mount to Gerard Melancon.

Luis Quinonez will ride Rio de Esperanza, who was third in a 6 1/2-furlong entry-level allowance Aug. 29. His last win came in a mile and 70-yard starter in June for trainer Danny Whited.

Cryptograph leads Von Hemel charge

Trainer Donnie Von Hemel will start four horses in three stakes during Super Derby weekend at Louisiana Downs. Cryptograph, who won the Round Table at Arlington Park in his last start, remains on course for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 25, while Rollicking Caller will run on the undercard in the $50,000 Wilhite Memorial.

The day after the Super Derby, Von Hemel plans to start Waupaca and Rockchalk Jayhawk in the $150,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap. Last year, Waupaca won the Wilhite.

Quarter Horses at Evangeline

Evangeline Downs in Lafayette, La., will open for a 28 days of Quarter Horse racing on Thursday night. It is the first Quarter Horse meet to be held at the track since 1983, and it will be the last race meet held at the current Evangeline facility. Evangeline will relocate racing operations to Opelousas following the close of the meet Oct. 31.

Evangeline is operating a slots casino in Opelousas.

The slots are fueling an $80,000 a day purse structure for the Quarter Horse meet, said David Yount, executive director of racing operations for Evangeline. Stakes purses total $300,000.