09/22/2003 11:00PM

Beau's Town to prep for BC


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Beau's Town was going to train up to the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint next month at Santa Anita, but those plans have changed after he came out of a Sunday morning workout razor sharp. He is now scheduled to run in the Grade 3, $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland on Oct. 3.

The six-furlong race will serve as his prep for the Sprint.

Beau's Town is set to be flown to Kentucky next Tuesday along with Mass Media, who will run in the Grade 2, $400,000 Lane's End Breeders' Futurity at Keeneland on Oct. 4. Both horses are based at Louisiana Downs with leading trainer Cole Norman.

Pat Valenzuela has the mount on Beau's Town, who worked a bullet six furlongs in 1:11.40 on Sunday. The second fastest move of seven at the distance that morning was 1:15.

For Beau's Town, the workout was his third since his win in the Grade 2, $200,000 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup at Del Mar on July 26. Following that race, he was given a month's vacation at a farm in Southern California.

"He came out of the work super," Norman said. "He hasn't lost anything while he was away. He is ahead of schedule."

A dappled picture of health, Beau's Town worked under jockey Jamie Theriot.

"It was a real good move," Norman said. "We had a horse that broke off in front of him about six lengths, and in the turn he was gobbling him up."

Beau's Town will probably have another work Saturday or Sunday. He has won 4 of 5 starts this year, including the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn. He races for the partnership of Dave Hulkewicz and Bobby Beck.

Beau's Town was one of two Breeders' Cup hopefuls Norman put through serious workouts Sunday. The other was Wacky Patty, who is being pointed for the $1 million Juvenile Fillies. She was on cruise control in her drill, going five furlongs in 1:00.80 under jockey Gerard Melancon.

"She galloped out in 1:11 and change," Norman said. "It was a powerful work.

"I think she'll run all day."

Wacky Patty, who has won 3 of 4 starts, has raced only around one turn, with her last start a win in the Grade 3 Landaluce at Hollywood Park on July 4. Following that race, Mark Cornett of Turf Express purchased her privately from owner-trainer James Chapman.

Cornett said Robby Albarado has the mount on Wacky Patty for the Juvenile Fillies. She will likely race before then, with a possible start coming this Sunday in the $50,000 Delta Miss at six furlongs at Louisiana Downs.

Handle up 13 percent

Louisiana Downs closed out its summer meet last week with a 13 percent increase in handle over the same meet last year. The track will begin a fall meet on Thursday, and that session will run through Nov. 9.

The difference between the two continuously run meets is purse structure.

Louisiana Downs paid out between $195,000 and $200,000 a day this summer, and this fall will pay out an average of $150,000 a card. Both of those figures are up from a respective $187,000 and $100,000 a year ago, thanks in part to revenue from the track's 905 slot machines, which were turned on in May.

Louisiana Downs, which opened June 27, had handled an average of $2,641,398 a day on its races through Saturday, according to Ray Tromba, vice president of operations at the track. The summer meet ended on a high note, when a record $6,763,853 was bet on the 13-race Super Derby day card on Saturday.

Overall this summer, handle on the track's races offsite was up 14 percent to more than $2.3 million a day. Ontrack, handle on live races averaged $271,088, a 4 percent increase over the same meet in 2002.

For the Super Derby, the biggest race of the year, an estimated crowd of more than 12,000 was on hand. The track no longer keeps daily attendance figures because admission is free, but Tromba said the increase in handle ontrack is one sign attendance is strong. Louisiana Downs is in its first season under the ownership of casino giant Harrah's.

Deaville, Quinonez healing

Jockeys Kevin Deaville and Luis Quinonez, who were thrown from their mounts in separate spills Saturday, are both home recuperating from injuries. Deaville fractured his right leg in 20 places after his mount in the seventh race, King of Tap, clipped heels with another rival in a one-mile turf race.

Deaville, 24, has undergone two surgeries since Saturday, and said he expects to be out for the next five months. His goal is to make a return late in the Delta Downs meet, which runs through March.

Quinonez suffered a minor fracture to his left wrist, said his agent, Gerry DiLaura. Quinonez was thrown from Tricky Walk, his mount in the 11th race, when the horse broke down. Quinonez could return to action within a month.