06/19/2003 11:00PM

Auction raises $37,000 for Guild


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - More than $37,000 was raised for the Disabled Jockeys' Endowment during a live auction Friday afternoon at Lone Star Park. The items were sold during a luncheon honoring Laffit Pincay Jr., the all-time win leader among jockeys who retired because of an injury sustained in March.

The boots Pincay wore on the final day of his career topped the auction, bringing $5,000 from owner Lee Hughes.

The luncheon is an annual event held in conjunction with the National Thoroughbred Racing Association All-Star Jockey Championship, which was to be held for the seventh time Friday night at Lone Star. The trophy that the champion jockey wins has been named the Pincay.

Ryan Fogelsonger, the Eclipse Award winning apprentice last year, bought the second-highest priced lot at the auction, two tickets to the world premiere of the movie "Seabiscuit" at Universal Studios in Hollywood, Calif. He paid $3,700.

Other major items auctioned included a dinner with Hall of Fame riders Pincay, Bill Shoemaker, Chris McCarron, and Eddie Delahoussaye, purchased for $2,600 by Texas-based owner and breeder Mary Bonham.

Whips from each of the 12 riders set to compete in the Jockey Championship were also auctioned, bringing a total of $11,000. A silent auction filled with racing memorabilia was ongoing Friday.

The Disabled Jockeys' Endowment benefits the 47 permanently disabled members of the National Jockeys' Guild.

Prep for Bob Johnson Memorial

A collection of some of the best older horses on the grounds, led by millionaire Mr Ross and Grade 2 winner Fifty Stars, will meet in the featured eighth race Sunday, a one-mile allowance race that serves as a prep for the $60,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at Lone Star July 13.

The race drew six horses and the purse is $34,000.

Mr Ross stretches back out around two turns for the first time this year after making his comeback from a nine-month layoff in his last start June 1. He finished fourth in that race, a six-furlong allowance that went in a rapid 1:08.94.

Although he is a two-time stakes winner around one turn, Mr Ross figures to move forward on the stretch out in distance. His richest stakes wins have come in routes, among them victories in the Essex and Razorback handicaps at Oaklawn.

Fifty Stars, a strong closer, moves back into the allowance ranks Sunday after finishing seventh behind wire-to-wire winner Pie N Burger last out in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap May 26. Since that race, Fifty Stars has been working sharply, most recently going four furlongs in 47.40 seconds.

Corey Lanerie will ride Fifty Stars for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Asmussen will also send out Compendium, who is at his best at a mile. In his last start, Compendium, who is not coupled with Fifty Stars, finished third behind Bluesthestandard in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile April 26. Before that race, he won an allowance race at one mile April 4.

'Bandit' to Bashford Manor

Next Bandit, who has won both of his career starts, including the $150,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity earlier this month, will put his record on the line July 6 in the Grade 3, $150,000 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs.

Next Bandit is owned by Coast to Coast Racing and trained by Bret Calhoun.

The colt was one of two impressive 2-year-olds unveiled this meet by Coast to Coast and Calhoun. The other is Beau's County, who is headed to the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star July 13. Beau's County won his debut in the mud May 26, covering five furlongs in a sharp 57.80 seconds.