05/01/2002 11:00PM

Beau's Town on a roll

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Beau's Town, whose lone career defeat came in his debut last fall, goes for his sixth consecutive win in the $75,000 Ford Express Stakes, scheduled to be run Saturday at Lone Star Park.

The 6 1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds and up has also drawn the sharp Boots on Sunday.

Beau's Town has not lost a race since he finished second in his debut last September. He was a two-length maiden winner at 6 1/2 furlongs in his next start, then captured three allowance races between December and February by a combined 11 1/4 lengths before winning his stakes debut in a dead heat with Kings Command in the $50,000 Hot Springs at Oaklawn on March 29.

"It's tough to do that, to win six in a row, but we're going to try," said Cole Norman, who trains Beau's Town.

Norman knows the difficulty of keeping a win streak going with a horse. In 1996, he claimed Flashy Decorator after she had won three straight races, then won four more with her to bring her total number of consecutive wins to seven. He also won four straight races with stakes winner Mo Dinero.

Winning builds confidence in a horse, Norman said, and that is something Beau's Town has in abundance right now. He should. He has left some nice horses in his wake.

Slider, fourth in the Hot Springs, returned to win a Keeneland allowance on April 25 and earned a season-high 120 Beyer Speed Figure. Boots on Sunday, fifth in the Hot Springs, came back and won a Lone Star allowance on April 19 and earned a 105 Beyer Speed Figure.

Beau's Town has stayed sharp since the Hot Springs, firing a bullet five furlongs in 57.60 seconds last Saturday. "I didn't want to go that fast, but he did it on his own," said Norman. "If he runs his race, he'll be hard to beat."

Anthony Lovato will ride for owners Dave Hulkewicz and Coast to Coast Racing, which purchased a half-interest in Beau's Town from Hulkewicz after the Hot Springs.

Roman Chapa has the mount on Boots on Sunday, who was a determined allowance winner in his last start for owner Wilton Scott, jetting up the rail to catch pacesetter Joyful Tune in a six-furlong allowance prep for the Ford Express that went in a smart 1:09.46

"He came back great from the race," said trainer Danny Pish. "He's an absolute workaholic. After the third day back, he was saying, 'Come on boss, let's do more.' "

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