06/26/2002 12:00AM

Beau's Town comes full circle


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Beau's Town will attempt to win his seventh straight race Friday in the $50,000 Kings Court Stakes, a six-furlong sprint on opening day at Louisiana Downs.

This is where it all began for Beau's Town. He finished second in his career debut at Louisiana Downs last September, then won his maiden in his next start here in November.

Beau's Town has not lost since. His latest wins have come in the $50,000 Hot Springs Stakes at Oaklawn in March and the $75,000 Ford Express at Lone Star Park in May. For the past month he has been training at Louisiana Downs for the Kings Court.

"He's doing super. I wouldn't change anything," said Cole Norman, who trains Beau's Town for Dave Hulkewicz and Coast to Coast Racing.

Beau's Town is to be ridden by Anthony Lovato. He could start next in either the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 13, or the Grade 2, $200,000 Vanderbilt at Saratoga on Aug. 11.

Other contenders in the Kings Court include Halo Cat, who has won his last three; Triple Card, the six-furlong track record holder at Lone Star who will be making his first start since October; and Ski Bum, also trained by Norman.

Chausson Poire dead

Chausson Poire, who won three turf stakes last year at Louisiana Downs and was voted horse of the meet, died from colonitis March 26. After the Louisiana Downs meet she won the Grade 3 Valley View at Keeneland, and overall won 8 of 14 starts for earnings of $208,634.

Chausson Poire last raced Feb. 9, and she went out a winner with a one-length score in the $75,000 Endeavor Stakes at Tampa Bay Downs. She was 4, and raced for Pia Kirkham.

"We miss her terribly," said Nadean Knipe, assistant to her husband, trainer Duane Knipe.

Knipe's other top turf filly last year, Champs Elysees, was retired after suffering an injury to her right hind leg. Last year, she won the richest turf race of the meet, the $150,000 River Cities Breeders' Cup.

Champs Elysees, who was fourth in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star May 27 in her most recent start, won 5 of 11 starts and $149,562 for owner Michael Marenchic. Plans are to breed the filly to Fantastic Light, who stands in England.

Knipe's strength this meet could be his 2-year-olds. He has several promising juveniles coming up. He also trains Vanity Faire, an impressive maiden winner and half-sister to Grade 3 winner Hattiesburg by Sandpit.

An all-Franks production

John Franks, an Eclipse Award-winning owner and breeder who has won a record 17 titles at Louisiana Downs, said he will begin the meet with 35 horses in training here. One of his top prospects is Knight of the Mt.

Knight of the Mt. won the $100,000 Jean Lafitte Futurity at Delta Downs in March. The colt is one of 14 horses Franks has in training with Bret Thomas. Others training for Franks this meet are Eddie Milligan Sr., Scott Tubbs, and Shane Wilson.

Knight of the Mt., is from the first crop of Prince of the Mt., a stakes winner of $395,925 who is out of 29-time winner Monique Rene. Franks bred Knight of the Mt., and raced both Prince of the Mt. and Monique Rene.

Delahoussaye in Louisiana Hall

Jockey Eddie Delahoussaye was inducted into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame on Tuesday night at the nearby Horseshoe Casino and Hotel in Shreveport.

Delahoussaye is a native of New Iberia, La., and has been member of the National Horse Racing Hall of Fame since 1993. In his career, he has won more than 6,300 races for mount earnings of close to $200 million. Delahoussaye is based in Southern California.

Candid Glen to Independence

Candid Glen, a closer who finished third to wire-to-wire winner Suances in the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star last month, will be hoping for more pace when he makes his next start July 4 in the $100,000 Independence Breeders' Cup Handicap at Louisiana Downs.

Candid Glen finished second in the Independence last year, beaten a nose by Nat's Big Party. He is owned by Glen Warren and is trained by Andrew Leggio Jr.

Maysville Slew, a nose winner over Northcote Road last year in the $100,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap, also is pointing to the Independence, said trainer C.R. Trout. Last year, Maysville Slew as voted the top turf horse at Louisiana Downs.

* Louisiana Downs on Friday will give out vouchers for a free $2 bet to each adult paid admission.