06/09/2003 11:00PM

Beau's Town: New travel plans


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Beau's Town, who had been pointing for the $125,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap at Prairie Meadows on June 21, will instead make his next start the same day at Churchill Downs in the Grade 3, $100,000-added Aristides Handicap.

Logistics accounted for the change in game plan, said Dave Hulkewicz, who co-owns Beau's Town with Bobby Beck.

"We wanted to run him in Iowa, but we can't get a plane," said Hulkewicz. "He would have to van 15 hours up and back, and that's asking too much."

Beau's Town, who is now scheduled to fly from Lone Star Park to Churchill next week, has not lost in three starts this year. He won the $50,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn on Feb. 1, the $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds on March 16, and the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn on April 10.

In his preparations for the Aristides, Beau's Town worked four furlongs in a bullet 47.60 seconds on June 7.

"He's on his game," said Hulkewicz. "He's ready to run his Beau's Town type of race."

Despite the switch in schedule, the chief summer goal for Beau's Town remains the Grade 3, $500,000 Smile Sprint Handicap at Calder Race Course on July 12. Long-term, his connections would like to see him advance to the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

Jamie Theriot will ride Beau's Town in the Aristides for trainer Cole Norman. Overall, Beau's Town has won 9 of 12 career starts and $357,600.

Lone speed in allowance divisions

Dream Tripper appears to be the lone speed in the featured eighth race Thursday night at Lone Star. The entry-level allowance, at 1 1/16 miles on turf, was split when entries were taken, and in the other division, which goes as the sixth, there is also a lone speed horse, Hadley's Victory.

Dream Tripper, who has raced at seven tracks in 13 career starts, will be returning to turf Thursday night after finishing second on dirt last out in an entry-level allowance May 2. The surface switch should suit the horse, whose three career wins have come on the grass.

Norman, who trains Dream Tripper for Gary and Mary West, has given the mount to Gerard Melancon.

Also on the card Thursday night, a full field of well-matched 2-year-olds will meet in the seventh, a maiden special weight race over 5 1/2 furlongs. Among those entered are Laugh Again, a half-sister to four stakes winners, including the quick Unique Creek; Chicanery, who is out of Grade 2 winner Screamer; and Diversifieddiamond, fifth last out in the $35,000 Manor Downs Futurity.

Stakes in future for Gold Sunset

Gold Sunset, who has won 2 of 3 starts this meet at Lone Star, is tentatively being pointed for the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup, said his trainer, Bret Calhoun. The seven-furlong race for 3-year-olds will be run July 5 at Lone Star.

Gold Sunset won his maiden wire to wire, then showed versatility last week when he came from off the pace to beat winners, covering six furlongs in a sharp 1:10. Gold Sunset runs for Coast to Coast Racing Fund.

* Doctor Mike, who won a June 1 allowance here over a field that included millionaire Mr Ross, is being pointed for the $50,000 Kings Court at Louisiana Downs, said his trainer, Troy Young.

The Kings Court, at six furlongs, is the opening day feature at Louisiana Downs. At Lone Star, Doctor Mike won the six-furlong allowance in a blazing 1:08.80, and before that race, he finished second in the track's $75,000 Ford Express.