10/18/2004 11:00PM

Beau's Town won't run in BC Sprint


Beau's Town, who had been pointed for the $1 million Breeders' Cup Sprint, will miss the race because his blood work after a major workout last week was not quite normal, said his owner, Dave Hulkewicz.

Beau's Town could surface in one of several other races. Under consideration are the Grade 1, $300,000 De Francis Dash at Pimlico on Nov. 20; the Grade 3, $150,000 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs on Oct. 31; and the $40,000 Total Rewards on turf at Louisiana Downs, also on Oct. 31.

Beau's Town had his training interrupted by an intestinal virus over the summer, recovered, and was being brought up to the Breeders' Cup on works. Last year, he ranked as one of the nation's top sprinters but was forced to miss the Sprint when he came out of his final prep, the Grade 3 Phoenix Breeders' Cup, with a small bone chip in his ankle.

Beau's Town is based at Louisiana Downs with trainer Cole Norman.

"He can make the race, but if we don't think he will be 100 percent, we don't want to run him," said Hulkewicz. "The impression I got from talking to the vet was that the viral may not be 100 percent gone. It can still linger in your system, and your blood can be a little off.

"You'd like to have all of these things fall in place with the Breeders' Cup in our backyard. We brought him back based on what it would take to get him ready for this race timing-wise. He's fit and ready to run in a race, but the thing is, he's not ready to run in the Breeders' Cup."

Hulkewicz is a resident of Plano, Texas, which is located near Lone Star.

Beau's Town worked six furlongs in a bullet 1:13.80 at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 14. There were two other horses involved in a drill, which was meant to simulate a race. The second-fastest work at the distance that day was 1:14.80.

"He worked good, but the work wasn't a Beau's Town-type of work," said Hulkewicz. "He labored in the work. He didn't gallop out aggressively like I like to see him."

Blood was drawn after the work, and when he saw the results, Hulkewicz decided it would be best to pass on the Sprint. Had Beau's Town gone into the race, he would have been ridden by Lone Star-based jockey Jamie Theriot, Hulkewicz said.

Beau's Town, a 6-year-old gelding, has won 11 of 19 starts and $581,330. His biggest career win came in the 2003 running of the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup at Del Mar.

Announcers named by Lone Star

Gentlemen, start your microphones. Lone Star will host 11 different announcers Oct. 29 during All-Star Announcers Day. Each will call one of the 11 races on the program, topped by the Grade 3, $250,000 Lone Star Derby and the Grade 1 Refrigerator for Quarter Horses.

Calling races will be Tom Durkin, the voice of the Breeders' Cup and the New York Racing Association; ABC Sports' Dave Johnson; Trevor Denman of Santa Anita; Luke Kruytbosch of Churchill Downs; Michael Wrona of Lone Star; Mike Battaglia of Turfway and NBC Sports; Michael Chamberlain of Sam Houston; Larry Collmus of Monmouth and Suffolk Downs; Dave Rodman of Pimlico and Laurel; Vic Stauffer of Gulfstream and Hollywood; and Terry Wallace of Oaklawn.

TRC to consider Magna machines

The Texas Racing Commission will conduct a special meeting on Thursday to consider a request by Magna Entertainment to install "simplified wagering machines" at Lone Star. Last month the request was tabled because the machines, which offer limited bets on a real-time race about every five minutes, did not offer races for greyhounds. Texas tracks must offer wagering on all available Texas simulcast signals before they can offer out-of-state races, and there is greyhound racing in Texas.

A room to house the machines has been sectioned off in the middle of the first floor of the grandstand at Lone Star.

* Big Meany, who has finished no worse than third in five starts this meet at Louisiana Downs, can pick up his third win of the meet in the featured ninth race. An optional claimer at about a mile on turf, the race drew a field of 11, and Big Meany will be coupled with Private Power. Lonnie Meche is named on both halves of the entry by trainer Patrick Mouton.

* Trainer Cody Autrey can win his second consecutive feature race at Lone Star in the eighth with Joyce Ann. She might be favored in the six-furlong optional claimer for fillies and mares after running second last out in an overnight handicap. Autrey won Sunday's Lone Star feature with Aledo Pass.

* The Louisiana Breeders' Festival at Louisiana Downs and the Stars of Texas Day program at Lone Star will both be held on Saturday.

* Lone Star will begin hosting a daily workout show for the public at 5:30 a.m. on Thursday.