11/09/2003 12:00AM

Appealing Secret takes Katy

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Jeremy Beasley drives Appealing Secret ($3) to a one-length victory over El Charro in the $35,000 Katy Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night.

HOUSTON - Appealing Secret overtook the leaders through the stretch for a one-length win over El Charro in the $35,000 Katy Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night. It was another length and three quarters back in third to Forum Rules.

Appealing Secret ($3) settled in behind a well contested pace in the seven furlong race for 2-year-olds, and went on to cover the distance in 1:25.78. Jeremy Beasley rode the winner for Steve Asmussen, who owns and trains Appealing Secret.

The horse was one of three winners on the card for Asmussen, who became the all-time win leader among trainers at Sam Houston one race prior to the Katy when Subtle Saratoga ($5.20) won the seventh. Asmussen surpassed the record of 245 wins, which was set by Amos Laborde.

Appealing Secret earned $21,000 for his win in the Katy, which was his fourth from seven career starts. Overall, he has earned $69,960.