05/23/2004 11:00PM

Asmussen has three live shots in trials


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Steve Asmussen, who has won four of the last five runnings of the fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, will have starters in each of the three trial races for this year's running Wednesday night at Lone Star Park.

The trials will be contested as the second, fourth, and sixth races and open an extended six-day race week that closes with the annual Lone Star Million Day on Monday, Memorial Day. The $150,000 fillies finale of the restricted TTA Sales Futurity is set for June 12.

Asmussen is represented by first-time starters in two of the three trials and, through the second week in May, had saddled five 2-year-old debut winners at Lone Star. Peyton Creek will start in the second, and Rockin' Kate, a daughter of Seneca Jones, will start in the fourth. Jeremy Beasley, who was aboard Asmussen's five debut winners, is named on both horses Wednesday.

In the final trial, the sixth race, Asmussen is represented by Glitter Sexy and Berdelia, both of whom will add Lasix after finishing third in their debut. The horses are not coupled in the wagering.

Each trial race will be run over five furlongs, and each race carries a purse of $18,000.

Asmussen's winners of the fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity are Bluegrass Sara, Smoke Buster, Louetta, and Maddie's Promise.

Another race of interest Wednesday night is the eighth, a conditioned allowance for 3- and 4-year-olds who have never won three races. Pike Place Gold, a 5 3/4-length winner of an entry-level allowance race in his last start, is the horse to beat.

Trainer Cole Norman has given the mount to Anthony Lovato, who had been riding in California. Lovato has been named on three horses at Lone Star on Wednesday night, with two of them trained by Norman.

Full stakes slate on Million Day

With Million Day on the horizon, there are no stakes scheduled for Saturday or Sunday. The Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap will top the Million Day program, a card of seven stakes worth a cumulative $1 million.

Other stakes making up the series are the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff; the $200,000 Pin Oak USA Stakes; the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint; the $100,000 Valid Expectations; and two races for Texas-breds, the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial and the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial.

A flight originating in New York is expected to bring horses to Lone Star from the East Coast and Kentucky on Friday. Horses from California are scheduled to arrive early Saturday.