05/09/2004 11:00PM

Beau's Town on course for Breeders' Cup


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Beau's Town, who ran six furlongs in a track-record time of 1:07.89 on Saturday at Lone Star Park, will take his next step toward the Breeders' Cup Sprint in one of two races, said his owner, Dave Hulkewicz.

The Grade 3, $150,000 Aristides Breeders' Cup Handicap at Churchill Downs on June 19 is the most probable, while an outside possibility is the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star on May 31.

Beau's Town, who wore blinkers for the first time Saturday when he won the $75,000 Ford Express, put on a tremendous show of speed. He raced three wide through an opening quarter in 21.20 seconds and was up by 1 1/2 lengths through a half-mile in 42.99.

"That's the fastest half-mile I've seen since I've been in racing," said Hulkewicz, who is a veteran owner. "I was a little concerned seeing that."

Beau's Town went on to cover five furlongs in 54.96 seconds, faster than the track record of 56.20, before winning by 1 1/4 lengths over That Tat. The previous track record for six furlongs at Lone Star was 1:08.

Beau's Town is trained by Cole Norman, and earned a 106 Beyer Speed Figure for his win Saturday.

"He came back good," said Hulkewicz. "I went back to the barn after the race and he was on his toes. He was in the feed tub."

Hulkewicz said Beau's Town would walk five days before returning to the track. He likes the timing of the Aristides, and noted that the race has been shortened up a half-furlong this year to six furlongs. Last year, Beau's Town dueled throughout and finished second by a head in the race to Mountain General.

From there, Beau's Town went to Del Mar and ran a career race in the Grade 2 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup Handicap. Hulkewicz would like to see Beau's Town defend his title in that race this year, which has been made a Grade 1 and will be run on July 25.

But unlike last season, when Beau's Town was turned out for a vacation in California following the Bing Crosby, Hulkewicz said he would like to "go on with him." He wants to find a race for the horse in September and then head to the Breeders' Cup, which will be held at Hulkewicz's home track of Lone Star on Oct. 30.

"All this depends on how he responds," Hulkewicz said. "Each step gets a little tougher."

Back to turf for Oncearoundtwice

Oncearoundtwice, who ran second in two $100,000 turf stakes last year, will get back to the grass for the first time since October in the eighth race Wednesday night. A one-mile conditioned allowance, the race drew a competitive group led by Rush Around.

Oncearoundtwice has one of the best turf records in the field. He won an allowance on the grass last year at Retama Park, and returned to run second in that track's $100,000 El Joven. From there, he was second in the $100,000 Bourbon County at Keeneland on Oct. 24.

A pair of dirt starts followed, when Oncearoundtwice finished third in the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile and the $40,000 Fort Bend County Stakes at Sam Houston. He was set to return to turf for his last start, but rain forced the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge onto a sloppy main track and he was scratched out of the April 24 race.

"We want to try and keep him on the turf," said John Locke, who trains Oncearoundtwice. "I think he's a little better on the turf."

Kevin Cogburn has the mount on Oncearoundtwice.

Beasley suspended for seven days

Jeremy Beasley has been suspended seven calendar days for a riding infraction and will be back on Sunday.

Beasley was suspended for interference in the stretch run of the second race on April 23, which led to the disqualification of his mount, Mighty Berto.

* The broodmare Fa'Leur is represented by three offspring on Wednesday night's card: Noodlette will run in the sixth race; Noodles will run in the seventh; and Grand and Fancy will run in the ninth. Rose Mary Chandler bred all three horses, and she races Noodlette.

* Lone Star offered $1 admission, parking, and drinks on Saturday, and drew a crowd of 20,683. Handle on the 11-race card was $3,093,400, with $997,289 of that amount bet ontrack at Lone Star.