05/29/2003 12:00AM

Beau's Town headed to Iowa, not New York


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Plans for Beau's Town, a top regional sprinter who was to run on the Belmont Stakes undercard in the Grade 2 True North, have changed. The horse will instead be pointed for the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 21, with his major summer goal being the Grade 3, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 12.

Beau's Town was given some time off after his win in the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn on April 10. The race was his third of the season, with his other starts resulting in wins in the $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds and the $50,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn.

"It's a little too quick to rush him," said Cole Norman, who trains Beau's Town, referring to the True North. "He ran hard those three races, and we felt it's best to let him freshen up. It's a long summer."

The decision was made with an eye to the Breeders' Cup Sprint, which is a goal for Beau's Town.

"Our game plan has always been to spread his races out," said Dave Hulkewicz, who owns Beau's Town with partner Bobby Beck. "You can't dance too many dances if you want to be around late in the year."

Beau's Town, who has been working at Louisiana Downs, is not the only Norman trainee who could make his next start in Iowa. Pie N Burger, who won the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on Monday, is being considered for the Grade 3, $350,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap at Prairie Meadows on July 12.

Candid Glen preps for Turf Cup

With five of his last six wins coming at 1 1/8 miles, Candid Glen should benefit from getting back to that trip Saturday in the eighth, a wide-open allowance on turf worth $42,500.

The race drew nine older horses and is a prep for the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup on June 21.

Candid Glen will be cutting back in distance after racing 1 1/2 miles last out in the Grade 3, $150,000 Elkhorn at Keeneland on April 23. He was close to the pace for much of the race, then finished seventh, beaten four lengths by Kim Loves Bucky.

"He got a little tired the last quarter of a mile. He ran for a good mile and a quarter," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Candid Glen for Glen Warren.

Before that race, Candid Glen became a millionaire when he pulled an 84-1 upset in the Grade 2, $650,000 Explosive Bid Handicap at Fair Grounds. That race was the latest of the horse's five stakes wins at 1 1/8 miles. One of his others at the distance came Feb. 15, when he won his third consecutive $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston.

"He's been real gutty this year," said Leggio. "The race at the Fair Grounds was an awesome race. He wouldn't let them pass him. He just refused. He's matured a lot. I guess you could say he's like fine wine - he gets better with time."

E.J. Perrodin has the mount on Candid Glen, a 10-time winner with earnings of $1,195,130.

Retama switches racing days

Retama Park will drop three dates from its Thoroughbred meet, which begins Aug. 1. The Texas Racing Commission approved a plan that allows Retama to drop its final week of the meet, Oct. 22 to Oct. 25, but add Oct. 19. The track will run 10 additional races during the meet. As a result of the changes, Sam Houston has agreed to open its Thoroughbred meet one day earlier, on Oct. 23.

The switch in dates eliminates the expected overlap between Sam Houston, located in Houston, and Retama, which is near San Antonio.

* R. Dyke Rogers has been named chairman of the Texas Racing Commission. He is from Dalhart, Texas, and is president of the Frontier Fuel Company.