12/08/2004 12:00AM

Boggy Creek pointed for Florida Derby

Email

Boggy Creek's first major goal next year will be the $1 million Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on April 2, said his owner, John Parker. The colt became a stakes winner in his last start, when he unleashed a powerful closing kick to win the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile at Sam Houston Race Park on Nov. 20.

After the race, Parker, who lives in Houston, said he planned to have Boggy Creek winter at nearby Fair Grounds with either trainer Bret Calhoun or Steve Asmussen, and then transfer him back to his regular trainer, Ken McPeek, this spring in Kentucky. But plans have changed, Parker said Wednesday.

"He is now at a farm in Lafayette, taking a break," said Parker. "We'll give him four to six weeks, then take him to Florida."

Boggy Creek will then resume training with McPeek. Parker said the colt figures to race once or twice before the Florida Derby. Boggy Creek came out of the Texan Juvenile in good order, said Parker.

"I've had two other horses I thought would make it to the Kentucky Derby and we just rushed them and it hurt them," said Parker. "I just don't want to do it with this horse. I want to let him develop and become a good 3-year-old."

In the past, the Texan Juvenile has been a productive race, and has been won by eventual Triple Crown starters Fifty Stars and Snuck In. Boggy Creek, a son of Menifee and the stakes-winning mare Hail the Queen, has won 3 of 5 starts and $120,111.

Quincy Hamilton, an apprentice jockey who won the Remington Park riding title over eight-time consecutive champ Cliff Berry on Sunday, has moved his tack back to Sam Houston. Hamilton rode at the track last meet before moving his tack to Maryland, then heading to Remington. Berry, who has won nine titles overall at Remington, spent a month of the meet riding at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Hamilton won the title with 94 wins while Berry was second in the standings with 91. Berry was the leading earner among riders, with mount earnings of $737,733. Hamilton's mounts earned a second-best $692,587.

Sam Houston will take a two-week break from live racing over the holidays. There will be no live racing from Dec. 19 through Jan. 6. There will, however, be simulcasting daily during that time, except on Christmas.