Updated on 09/17/2011 11:05AM

Beau's Town getting California vacation

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Beau's Town, shown winning the Bing Crosby Handicap at Del Mar last Saturday, has earned a summer vacation. His next start will likely be the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 25 at Santa Anita, according to trainer Cole Norman.

Beau's Town, who won the Grade 2, $200,000 Bing Crosby at Del Mar on Saturday, probably will not race again until the Breeders' Cup Sprint on Oct. 25, said his trainer, Cole Norman.

Beau's Town will spend the next three weeks "winding down" at a Southern California farm, Norman said, then will be flown back to his Louisiana Downs base to begin serious preparations for the Breeders' Cup.

Norman said the vacation comes at a good time for Beau's Town, because he tends to fire his best races fresh. He's keeping Beau's Town in California because, "It's cooler there, and that's the main reason we're not bringing him back to Louisiana right now. It's so hot here, and will be through the month of August."

Beau's Town is surrounded by familiar faces in California. One of his Texas-based owners, Dave Hulkewicz, is spending the meet at Del Mar. Beau's Town also races for Bobby Beck.

"He'll be in good hands," said Norman.

This year, Beau's Town has won four stakes in five starts. He has long been considered one of this region's best sprinters, and his win in the Bing Crosby validated the hopes of his connections that he would become a Breeders' Cup horse.

"It was with the big boys," said Norman. "He ran a very impressive race, from start to finish."

Beau's Town might not be the only Norman trainee headed to the Breeders' Cup. Wacky Patty, winner of the Grade 3 Landaluce at Hollywood on July 4, has been purchased privately by Turf Express and is being considered for the Juvenile Fillies.

She is based at Louisiana Downs, where Norman had an excellent week. He won seven races, topped by a Friday card during which he won all four of the races in which he had starters. In two of those races Norman started two horses, and on both occasions his runners finished one-two. One of those exactas paid $423, when Esteban Miguel won the 10th race at 28-1.

Crowned King headed to Prelude

Trainer Billy McKeever Jr. has accomplished one-third of his plan for Crowned King. At the start of the Louisiana Downs meet, he set three goals for the colt: the $50,000 Bossier City Handicap, which Crowned King won Saturday; the $50,000 Prelude, to be run Aug. 30; and the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 20.

The Bossier City, for 3-year-olds, was on the turf, while the Prelude and Super Derby are run on the main track.

In all, Crowned King has won four stakes, two of them on turf and two on dirt, including the $125,000 Rebel at Oaklawn.

"I thought this was one of the best performances he's had," said McKeever of the Bossier City. "He just exploded up through there when [a hole] opened up, and then strided out. He ran an awesome race."

Lots of changes for Vitamin Bag

Vitamin Bag, a 12 1/2-length winner the last time she ran with Louisiana-breds, should benefit from the return to statebred ranks Thursday in the 11th race at Louisiana Downs. The six-furlong, two-other-than allowance for fillies and mares also drew Louisiana-bred stakes winners Forty Dolls and Queen Kelly.

In addition to the class move, Vitamin Bag returns to racing on dirt and around one turn, after having traveled two turns on turf in her last start, which was at Arlington in October. In that race, she finished third to eventual two-time stakes winner Attico.

Vitamin Bag gives up seasoning to all nine of her rivals Thursday, but she is working well for her return and has been competitive at six furlongs on dirt. Carlos Gonzalez has the mount for trainer John Donaghey.

Half-brother to Lady Tak in sale

Starofmyknight, a 5-year-old half-brother to Grade 1 Test winner Lady Tak, is one of 147 horses cataloged to the annual summer mixed sale held by the Louisiana Thoroughbred Breeders' Sales Co. The sale will be held at Blackham Coliseum in Lafayette, La., on Sunday.

In addition to horses of racing age, the sale will feature such broodmares as Nun Buoy, a half-sister to sire Dixieland Band, and Grand Slew Lady, a half-sister to sire Caller I.D. Both are in foal to Gold Tribute.

Starofmyknight, a six-time winner, is consigned by John Franks, who also bred Lady Tak. Others of racing age in the sale include My Diamonds Ruff, a 2-year-old brother to My Brent's Diamond, who earned $397,761.

The sales company will introduce a winter mixed sale Nov. 2 at Delta Downs. The deadline to nominate is Aug. 15.

* The choices are many in the 10th of 12 races at Louisiana Downs on Friday, when 10 colts and geldings meet in a six-furlong allowance that doubles as a prep for the $50,000 Folklore Handicap, to be run at 6 1/2 furlongs Aug. 31.

Among those in the race are Where's the Ring, a half-brother to the quick stakes winner Service Stripe, and stakes winners Pie's Little Brother, Electrode, Joyful Tune, Lights on Broadway, and Dance and Dazzle.