07/12/2005 12:00AM

Boogie Hill's task: Reel in Vienna Circle


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The nine-race card at Lone Star Park on Thursday night could be considered an equal opportunity card. There are two entry-level allowance races on the program, one for males, and the other for females.

The boys are up first, with Boogie Hill taking on Vienna Circle in the seventh race, a one-mile allowance for 3- and 4-year-olds. Boogie Hill rallied for second at this distance and level last time, when he met one of the more impressive 3-year-olds at the meet in Thunder Mission.

, who stretches out around two turns after closing for third last out in a six-furlong race that went in 1:09.40. The last time Vienna Circle raced over one mile he was a winner, in a maiden special weight at Santa Anita in January.

The females take to the track in the eighth, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares that drew a hard-to-separate field of 10. figures to be made the favorite following a second-place finish at this last time. She was favored in that race, and was wide for much of it.

Another horse of interest in the field is , who moves back into open company after winning her last two starts by a combined eight lengths. She turned up for her first turf start with a bullet work, going four furlongs in 46.80 seconds on July 10. Leading rider Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Danny Pish.

Lambert and Gray mending

Jockeys Casey Lambert and Akili Gray, injured in spills at different Texas tracks the first weekend in July, are still hospitalized. Lambert has been moved out of the intensive care unit at Methodist Dallas Medical Center, and was listed in good condition on Tuesday, according to hospital spokesperson Stephen O'Brien.

Lambert sustained a broken jaw, cracked ribs and a punctured lung in a spill at Lone Star on July 4. Last week, he underwent successful reconstructive surgery for his jaw, according to officials with Lone Star.

Gray sustained head injuries in a spill at Gillespie County Fair northwest of San Antonio on July 2. He remains in critical condition at University Hospital in San Antonio, a spokesperson said Tuesday.

* Tom Durant is the leading owner going into the meet's final week.