09/07/2004 11:00PM

Beam a regular one-man band


Major Rhythm returned to his Arlington Park base at 2 a.m. on Wednesday off a course-record win in the $125,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup at Remington Park on Monday, but there was no time to rest for his trainer, Ed Beam.

Beam, 61, operates a three-horse stable, and is hands-on when it comes to the care of those animals. He tended to all their needs Wednesday before allowing himself to regroup from his excursion to Oklahoma City.

"I galloped the other horses," he said. "I'm used to this. I do it all myself. I shoe and everything."

Beam rode at bush tracks as a teenager, and in the 1970's worked as an outrider at Santa Anita, Del Mar, and Los Alamitos. He also was an outrider at Arlington, and trained Quarter Horses earlier in his career, winning the first consolation of the prestigious All American Futurity in 1971.

These days, however, his stable's focus is turf routes. Major Rhythm ran 1 1/8 miles in the DeBartolo in 1:46.22, shaving more than a second off the Remington course mark of 1:47.80 set by Gauntlett in 1989.

Beam said Major Rhythm might make his next start in the Grade 3, $150,000 Robert F. Carey Memorial Handicap at Hawthorne Race Course on Oct. 9.

Major Rhythm has stepped up his game in recent times, and part of that is because he has become a more relaxed horse with age, said Beam. Another key to his success has been the addition of blinkers.

"Blinkers make him more focused on things," said Beam. "I have to give Earlie Fires credit for that."

Beam said that Fires recommended blinkers for Major Rhythm, and with them he has won three of his last six starts.

Attendance at Remington on Monday was 9,817, the largest crowd since Oklahoma Derby Day 2000.

More regional pick fours

Retama Park plans to coordinate more regional pick fours before the meet is out, said Bryan Brown, chief executive officer of the track. Last Saturday, Retama put together a pick four using three of its races and one from Evangeline Downs.

But since Evangeline closed Monday, Brown said Retama will be looking for a new track to partner with on the pick four. Plans call for offering the regional wager again on Sept. 18, the night Retama hosts a program of stakes restricted to horses bred in Texas.

The pick four pool with Evangeline last Saturday night was $5,902, and the payoff was $1,475.40. The bet included two stakes from Retama and one from Evangeline.

Brown said the goal with the regional pick four is to increase awareness of Retama.

Mr. Jester unlikely for Super Derby

Mr. Jester came out of his sixth-place finish in the $60,000 Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs in good order, but will likely pass the Grade 2 Super Derby on Sept. 25, said his trainer, Steve Wren.

"It's not in my plans right now," he said.

Mr. Jester won three stakes last year, including the $1 million Delta Jackpot. Wren said he wants to step back and find an overnight race for Mr. Jester.

"It's more confidence for me than it will be for him," he said.

Day invades region Friday

Pat Day, on tour for the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, will invade Texas and Oklahoma over the next week. Day will ride in a Quarter Horse match race on Friday night at Sam Houston. His mount, Turbo Tex, will be challenged by First Time Streaker, who will be ridden by leading Sam Houston jockey Danny Lavergne.

There is win betting on the 400-yard race, which has a purse of $11,500.

Day will be at Remington on Monday, then will visit Retama Park on Wednesday.

* Larry Lepinski has been named the general manager of Louisiana Downs. He is also the general manager of the Horseshoe Casino. His appointment does not affect racing operations, which continue to be overseen by Ray Tromba.