03/31/2005 1:00AM

Asmussen in the hunt for a sweep


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Steve Asmussen can complete a sweep of the Oaklawn Park sprint series for fillies and mares on Saturday when he sends out the probable favorite, Savorthetime, in the $50,000 Carousel.

Asmussen has won this meet's other sprint stakes for fillies and mares, the $50,000 American Beauty and the $50,000 Spring Fever, with Souris, who is being pointed for the Grade 3, $200,000 Vinery Madison April 13 at Keeneland.

Savorthetime is the class of the Carousel, a six-furlong race that also drew Feisty Princess, Boston Express, Codes Preshisone, Storm Breaking, Dance Tune, and She's a Rebel Too.

"I think this is a great spot for her," said Asmussen of Savorthe-time. Asmussen won the race last year with Eternal Cup.

Savorthetime started her year with a 2 1/4-length victory in the Grade 3 The First Lady Handicap at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 22. A month later she finished second by a neck in the $54,000 Czaria Handicap at Sunland Park on Feb. 20. She has not run since.

The six-furlong Czaria, which went in 1:08.99, has been a productive race. The winner, Bar Bailey, returned in her next start to win the $52,000 Saint Teresa at Sunland, and the fourth-place finisher, Yet Anothernatalie, won an allowance at Sunland.

Asmussen said the timing of the Carousel is a perfect fit for Savor-thetime, who has earned $420,996.

"She needs time between races," he said. "I think she really responds to it."

Savorthetime, who races for Brenda and Phillip Robertson, will be ridden by Roman Chapa.

Savorthetime has tactical speed, and could get a nice stalking trip behind Boston Express, who was close to a hot pace last time when third in an allowance won by Grade 2 winner My Trusty Cat.

Last year, Boston Express won the $50,000 Dixie Miss at six furlongs at Louisiana Downs, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 106. She also ran third in the Grade 3 Azalea at Calder. Trainer Cole Norman, who won back-to-back runnings of the Carousel in 2002 and 2003 with Southern Tour, has given the mount to Jamie Theriot.

She's a Rebel Too closed for second in the same allowance race that Boston Express exits. She is a full sister to Two Punch Sonny, a stakes winner of over $326,819, and is trained by Randy Morse, who won the Carousel in 1999 with Prospector's Song. Calvin Borel has the mount on She's a Rebel Too.