08/24/2004 11:00PM

Beau's Town recovering from intestinal virus


Beau's Town would have been one of the top contenders in the $150,000 Arlington Breeders' Cup on Saturday, but an intestinal virus he came down with last month knocked him out of the race, said his owner, Dave Hulkewicz.

Plans for the next start for Beau's Town, a seven-time stakes winner, are not set, but Hulkewicz is looking at many options, from the Grade 3, $250,000 Phoenix Breeders' Cup at Keeneland to the $40,000 Speed Handicap at Beau's Town's home at Louisiana Downs.

Beau's Town is scheduled to return to the Bossier City, La., oval next week after spending time at a veterinary clinic and farm in Texas. He last raced on July 25, at Del Mar. About a week later, Beau's Town spiked a high temperature while settling back in at Louisiana Downs.

"We got him back here, and he went back to the track for three or four days and then he got sick," said Hulkewicz. "I don't know if it was the change in temperatures, the moving, the shipping. It was one of those fluky things. Now he's over it."

Following four to five days at the clinic, Beau's Town was sent to Benchmark Training Center near Dallas.

"We gave him two extra weeks at the farm as a precaution," said Hulkewicz. "The clinic went over him top to bottom and they said he's fine."

The Phoenix is an attractive race for Beau's Town because it is graded and Beau's Town needs to accumulate Breeders' Cup points in case the field for the BC Sprint overfills. This year's Breeders' Cup is going to be held at Lone Star Park, where Beau's Town set a track record for six furlongs earlier this year when he won the $75,000 Ford Express.

Blinkers off for Britt's Jules

Britt's Jules will remove blinkers for the $60,000 Prelude Stakes on Saturday. He is one of 10 horses in the 1 1/16-mile race that serves as the local prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 25.

The winner of the Prelude gets a fees-paid berth into the Super Derby.

The field from the rail out with riders is: Every Advantage, Lonnie Meche; South Africa, John Jacinto; Fantasticat, Gerard Melancon; Xirius, Donnie Meche; Diggy Fresh, Corey Lanerie; Assault Commander, Coby Bourque; Go Chilean Go, Francisco Torres; Rollicking Caller, Luis Quinonez; Britt's Jules, Guy Smith; and Mr. Jester, Seth Martinez.

Ole Rebel could start in Speed 'Cap

Ole Rebel, who won his second sprint stakes at the meet in the Folklore last Saturday, might run next in the Speed Handicap. Earlier in the meet he won the Kings Court.

"He's pretty tough," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Ole Rebel.

Leggio said he would even consider two turns for Ole Rebel, a 5-year-old son of Carson City who races for Glen Warren.

"We were contemplating sending him a mile and a sixteenth before he won this race," said Leggio of the Folklore. "We always thought he would go a route in the right conditions."

Ole Rebel is one of two sprint stakes winners at the meet for Leggio. The other is Happy Ticket, who remained undefeated in three starts with her win in the $70,000 Elge Raspberry.

Happy Ticket is being pointed for the $50,000 Seneca for 3-year-old fillies bred in Louisiana. The 1 1/16-mile turf race will be run on Sept. 18.

"She does not have a lot of turf pedigree, [but] it's the only race in the Louisiana-bred category for straight 3-year-old [fillies] and I prefer to run her with 3-year-olds if I could," said Leggio.

* Guaranteed Sweep, who was a troubled third last out in the $50,000 Blue Skies Handicap at Louisiana Downs, will take on four others in a competitive first race Friday. Others in the conditioned allowance that carries an optional claiming price of $60,000 include White Star and King Zonic, who together have won 12 races at Louisiana Downs. The field also includes Dust on the Bottle and Suave Lad.

* First post for the 13-race Super Derby card this year has been set for 12:15 p.m. Central. The Super Derby will go as the 10th race and has a scheduled post of 5:05.