10/13/2008 11:00PM

Another Asmussen considering BC start


City Style, who won the richest 2-year-old stakes of the Louisiana Downs meet last month in the $150,000 Sunday Silence, could be headed to the Breeders' Cup. He was pre-entered Tuesday in the $1 million Juvenile Turf, said Cash Asmussen, an assistant and consultant to his wife, trainer Cheryl Asmussen. A final decision on the horse's status was to be made following a workout at his Retama Park base on Wednesday.

"We'll see how he progresses, and what the entries look like," Asmussen said.

Asmussen said Tony McNeil, who was aboard City Style in the Sunday Silence, will ride the horse if he starts. City Style won the Sunday Silence for the Stonerside operation of Robert and Janice McNair, but will run in the Breeders' Cup for Darley, which purchased Stonerside last month.

City Style made his two-turn and turf debut in the Sunday Silence and closed with a powerful rush for a two-length win. For the effort in the 1o1/16-mile turf race, he earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 79.

Asmussen, a former champion jockey in France, plans to accompany City Style to Santa Anita if the horse goes to the Breeders' Cup. He has a history in the championship series himself, having won the Breeders' Cup Mile aboard Spinning World at Hollywood Park in 1997. Asmussen's younger brother is Steve Asmussen, who trains Horse of the Year Curlin.

Guidry training in Louisiana

There's a new face in the Louisiana training ranks, but it's a familiar one. Mark Guidry, who won 5,043 races as a jockey, opened a racing stable in May and over the last few weeks has started a handful of horses at Louisiana Downs. His first win came with his first starter at Evangeline Downs in Opelousas, La., on May 23. Guidry, 49, retired from riding in November.

"I got to the point to where it was time to do something else," he said. "I didn't know what I wanted to do. I went to stewards school, then I started playing with a horse from my brother-in-law. I did it to have something to do. The more I played with him, the more I got into it. I said, 'You know what, this going to be my second career.' "

Guidry has a 13-horse stable based at the Evangeline Downs Training Center in Lafayette, the city where he lives and where he was born. He said his barn is a mix of claiming horses and young stock, with six of the horses in his stable being 2-year-olds. One of them is a promising son of Graeme Hall.

Guidry sent a few horses to race at Louisiana Downs following the close of Evangeline, and for the winter he said he plans to race at both Delta Downs in Vinton, La., and Fair Grounds in New Orleans. He said he is enjoying the challenge of training horses.

"It's a whole different avenue and it's coming along nicely," he said. "I have long-term goals I would like to reach. It's a building process. You kind of crawl before you're able to walk."

Guidry became the 21st rider in history to hit 5,000 wins when he achieved the milestone in May 2007.

Autobeacat aims for Mr. Sulu

Autobeacat, who won his fourth race of the Louisiana Downs meet in a turf allowance for statebreds last Saturday, is being pointed for the $60,000 Mr. Sulu at Fair Grounds, trainer Eric Heitzmann said. The 1o1/16-mile turf race for Louisiana-breds will be run Nov. 15.

The Mr. Sulu will serve as Autobeacat's final stepping-stone to the Louisiana Champions Day program at Fair Grounds on Dec. 13. He is eligible for both the $100,000 Turf and the $150,000 Classic.

"Right now, we're pointing for the Classic," Heitzmann said.

Autobeacat has made six starts at the meet, winning a $20,000 claiming race in his first appearance of the season in June and then taking the $106,000 World Series of Poker Stakes in August.

"He's just blossomed here," Heitzmann said. "He's a happy horse right now."

Autobeacat races for Valene Farms and has been ridden in each of his starts at the meet by Donnie Meche.

Handle up as meet closes

Louisiana Downs closes its meet Saturday, and handle figures heading into the final three days of the season are running ahead of last year's corresponding meet, according to figures provided by Mark Midland, the track's vice president of racing operations.

Louisiana Downs is averaging $2,060,971 a day in handle on its races from all sources, up 3 percent from the corresponding meet in 2007. Of that amount, an average $1,889,899 a day has been bet on Louisiana Downs's races offtrack, up 3 percent. An additional $171,072 a day has been bet on the live card ontrack, a 6 percent increase.

w The Arkansas Breeders Sales Co. has canceled its sale scheduled for Saturday because not enough horses were entered in the auction, sale owner Frank Newman said. The auction, which was held last year for the first time in many years, was to have been conducted at the fair grounds in Hot Springs, Ark.

* Jockey E.J. Perrodin, who made his comeback from serious injuries suffered in a spill last fall at Fair Grounds during the Louisiana Downs meet, enters the race week seven wins shy of career victory No. 3,000, according to statistics provided by Equibase.