06/09/2005 11:00PM

Brick Crew mindful of kin

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Will he be the next Trickey Crew?

Brick Crew sure looked a lot like Trickey Crew, his older half-brother, when he barreled down the stretch to win his debut by neck last weekend at Lone Star Park. In overcoming a slow break and wide trip in the five-furlong race for 2-year-olds, he showed some of the same talent displayed by Trickey Crew.

Trickey Crew was one of the region's top 2-year-olds in 1998. He won his maiden in the Clever Trevor Stakes at Remington Park, and won four stakes at 2. Trickey Crew also went on to win the Mountain Valley as a 3-year-old at Oaklawn, and has since retired with 11 career wins and earnings of $245,789.

He now lives on a farm owned by Larry Dyson, who bred and raced him, and who also owns and bred Brick Crew. Trickey Crew is a son of Hadif, and Brick Crew is by Rare Brick. Both are out of the Crewman mare Girlie.

Brick Crew spotted the field quite a bit of ground when he broke slowly from post 2 in his debut. The start was a surprise, because Brick Crew had been working so well from the gate, said his trainer, Joe Petalino.

"I didn't expect him to leave the gates last," said Petalino. "He looked like a snake on the head-on [replay]. He went from the 2 hole, to the 6 hole and back to the 2 hole again. He was rolling, though. He had to run pretty hard the last quarter of a mile. He laid the body down."

Petalino was impressed with Brick Crew's determination, and said the colt will now be pointed for the $125,000 Staunch Avenger division of the Texas Stallion Stakes for colts and geldings at Lone Star on July 9.

Petalino also trained Trickey Crew and said he can see the family resemblance in Brick Crew.

Jazzy Gallop to Round Table

Jazzy Gallop, winner of the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star on April 30, will move back to the dirt for the immediate future, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen. He is being pointed for the $100,000 Round Table for 3-year-olds at 1 1/8 miles at Arlington Park on July 16.

Jazzy Gallop made his turf debut in the Grand Prairie, which was held on firm ground, then one start later was unplaced when he caught yielding turf for the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA at Lone Star in his last start May 30.

"He handled it firm, but it didn't look like he liked it at all soft," said Asmussen. "There are other turf horses like that, too, but we're going to get him back on the dirt for now."

Oncearoundtwice likely to stay on turf

Oncearoundtwice, who closed from last to first to capture the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint over Grade 3 winner Top Commander, is also a winner around two turns, giving his trainer, John Locke, lots of options for his next start. The plan is to keep him in this region, said Locke.

"We'll look and see what comes up," said Locke. "We'll probably try to keep him mostly on the turf if we can."

Oncearoundtwice had won a one-mile optional claiming race on turf one start before the five-furlong Beck. He is a Texas-bred, and has placed in a handful of statebred stakes, including the Tejas on turf at Retama, and the Assault on dirt at Lone Star.

Sarafan among nominees to Turf Cup

Oncearoundtwice is one of 37 nominees to the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race to be run at Lone Star on Saturday. Among the regional horses known to be pointing for, or considering, the race, are Waupaca, Sea Dub, and Crowned King.

Other nominees to the race include Grade 1 winner Sarafan, trained by Neil Drysdale.

Feature may be prep for Miller Lite

Some of the fillies and mares in Sunday's feature, a five-furlong optional claiming race on turf, could become candidates for the $50,000 Miller Lite here June 25.

Runs Naked is the one to catch. She set the pace in a five-furlong turf allowance last out and finished third, and one start prior was a winner at this level.

Kissmelikeumeanit figures to be a stretch threat on the turnback from a win over 7 1/2 furlongs.

* A two-day qualifying tournament for the Daily Racing Form/NTRA National Handicapping Championship will be held here June 18-19. There is $10,000 in prize money tied to the event with three players to advance to the championship in Las Vegas in January.