04/27/2003 11:00PM

Bluesthestandard stays the trip


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - What an encore. Less than a month after he won the Grade 2 Potrero Grande over Kona Gold, former $10,000 claimer Bluesthestandard proved he was more than a one-turn wonder with an easy four-length victory in Saturday's Grade 3 Texas Mile at Lone Star Park.

The win opens up a whole new set of stakes options for Bluesthestandard, who will remain racing around two turns for the immediate future, said his trainer, Ted H. West. As a result, the gelding's next start will probably come in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap at 1 1/16 miles May 26.

Bluesthestandard, who this week was to be flown back home to Santa Anita, will try to become the second horse to win both the Texas Mile and Lone Star Park Handicap. Dixie Dot Com in 2001 won both races.

West claimed Bluesthestandard for $50,000 in December on behalf of owner Jeffrey Sengara, and has watched the gelding's value soar. Bluesthestandard has won all four of his starts for his new connections, with two victories around two turns.

Bluesthestandard had been best known as a sprinter, but West felt confident Bluesthestandard could be effective routing after he won an optional claimer at 1 1/16 miles March 12.

"He pretty much answered that question the first time we ran him two turns," West said. "He had a bad trip, and was able to overcome that."

In the Texas Mile, Bluesthestandard became the first favorite to win the race in seven runnings.

Bluesthestandard's willingness to settle early in the Texas Mile after exiting a very fast sprint impressed West.

"This race, the way he relaxed that well going from a sprint to a route, shows the professional that he is," West said. "Every race he's run, he's improved off the previous start.

"We're pretty excited. It sounds funny, but I don't think we've gotten to the bottom of him yet. I don't think we've asked him for everything yet, and the wins keep coming.

"He might just be coming into his own."

Stronach in town for stockholders

Magna Entertainment Corp., will hold its annual stockholders meeting at Lone Star Wednesday afternoon, and among those expected to attend are chairman Frank Stronach.

Magna completed its purchase of Lone Star last fall. The corporation operates a stable of tracks that includes Santa Anita, Gulfstream Park, and Remington Park.

Also expected at the stockholders meeting is Jim McAlpine, president and chief executive officer of Magna. The session begins at 3 p.m. Central, and can be viewed on the Internet at www.magnaentertainment.com.

Sea Bloom back on the turf

Wednesday night's seventh race, a one-mile conditioned allowance for fillies, could produce starters for the $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks here July 4.

Sea Bloom seems like a candidate to advance to that race. Last year, she won the $100,000 La Senorita at one mile on turf by two lengths. That race was her lone start in a turf route. Last out she finished fourth in a six-furlong allowance that went in a quick 1:09.80.

E.J. Perrodin, who rode Sea Bloom in the La Senorita, will be back aboard Wednesday for trainer Sam David Jr.

Others of interest include Mekko Hokte, a stakes winner at 2 last year who makes her turf debut; Amiga, a turf specialist who was a dominant maiden winner over the local course last year; and the 4-year-old Storm's Finale, who figures to move forward in her second start since last September.

* In the featured ninth race, Calma Prado and Every Cloud, a full sister to Grade 1 winner Missed the Storm, appear to be the leading contenders in a seven-furlong optional claiming race worth $33,000.