12/23/2007 12:00AM

Bridgmohan has to be satisfied with six

EmailShaun Bridgmohan never had ridden a race at Fair Grounds until early this meet, when he made his way to New Orleans after finishing out Churchill Downs's fall season. He did not take long to make his mark, which is what happens when you're riding just about everything for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Bridgmohan, just weeks into his Fair Grounds tenure, marked his name down in the record book with six-win afternoon Saturday, as many winners as any jockey has ever ridden on a single card at this historic track.

"I'm good, man, but a little disappointed I didn't win my seventh," Bridgmohan said Sunday, reached in the Fair Grounds jockeys' quarters.

Bridgmohan, who rode six winners on an Aqueduct card during the winter of 1998, only is half-kidding. He was on a maiden named Stonestreet Song in Saturday's 10th race, and fell a nose short of a victory that would have given both him and Asmussen seven on the 10-race card.

Bridgmohan, Asmussen; Asmussen, Bridgmohan - suddenly the two are tightly bound. Bridgmohan's six-pack gave him 18 for the meet, good for second in the standings behind only Jamie Theriot. Of those 18 wins, 16 have come for the Asmussen barn.

"Riding for Steve is really good, obviously, and riding for him, you know when he leads them over here, they're very live," Bridgmohan said. "I'd like to ride for some other guys, too, but I'm happy riding for Steve."

Bridgmohan and Asmussen started teaming up about three years ago, when Bridgmohan spent a summer at Arlington Park. Bridgmohan said Asmussen had asked him to winter at Fair Grounds last season, but he was forced to decline.

"This year, I jumped on it," he said.

Bridgmohan has two kids back in New York. When Fair Grounds was on a four-day race week, he could pop home and see them on the dark days. Now, with a five-day week, there's not much time for that, but Bridgmohan is willing to make the trade-off at this point.

Believe it: Asmussen has done better

For almost every horse trainer, a six-win afternoon would be a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence. For mega-trainer Steve Asmussen, six isn't even a personal best.

Make no mistake - Asmussen was pumped about his remarkable Saturday run at Fair Grounds, but he has done this and more before. He once won seven races on a single card at Lone Star, and also won 10 races in one day at various venues. Asmussen didn't even think that his four stakes wins Saturday were a personal best - "I possibly have won four stakes before," he said - but four stakes in a row? Now that was uncharted territory.

Asmussen, who teamed with Bridgmohan for all six winners, won races 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 9. He came within a nose of winning race 10 with the maiden Stonestreet Song, and ran one-two in race 9, the Bonapaw Stakes, with Stormin Baghdad and Natural Speed.

No Asmussen winner Saturday, however, was more impressive than Sok Sok, who has been assigned a Beyer Speed Figure of 109 for his 8o3/4-length romp in the Sugar Bowl Stakes. Sok Sok was timed in 1:09.44 for six furlongs.

"He was cruising around the turn, and I basically sat on him, and when I asked him the last eighth of a mile, he went belly down for me," said Bridgmohan.

Asmussen said both Sok Sok and Letellier Stakes blowout winner Blitzing would be targeted for Sunshine Millions races on Jan. 26. Blitzing's race is in Florida; Sok Sok goes to California.

Stormin Baghdad, who won the Bonapaw under a heady Bridgmohan ride, will not waste time getting back into action. Asmussen said he was likely to come back in the Jan. 12 Gaudin Handicap.

So far, Texas Fever handles dirt fine

Texas Fever, one of the more accomplished 2-year-olds on the grounds, is gearing up for his 2008 debut, and worked a quick half-mile in 48.40 seconds last Thursday, his second breeze since returning from a freshening.

Texas Fever won the Kentucky Cup Juvenile at Turfway Park, and was a creditable sixth, beaten just more than three lengths, in the inaugural Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf in his most recent start. Texas Fever has made five starts, but none of them on dirt, and trainer Mike Stidham is eager to see if Texas Fever, a son of Victory Gallop, can transfer his form.

"So far, his two works on the dirt have been good," said Stidham.

Texas Fever is a possible runner in the Jan. 12 Lecomte over one mile on dirt. Tizaqueena, another Stidham trainee, remains on target for the Lecomte's sister race that day, the Tiffany Lass.

* Jockey Emma-Jayne Wilson is coming back to Fair Grounds and is scheduled to ride in the Dec. 29 Furl Sail Handicap, said agent Britt McGehee.

- additional reporting by Abram Himelstein