06/01/2006 11:00PM

Buckram reorganizes

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MIAMI - Buckram Oak Farm, whose principal owner Mahmoud Fustok died after being struck by a car near his home in Pompano Beach, Fla., on Feb. 8, has restructured its organization and will begin racing under the name of Four Roses Stable later this month.

According to Mohammed Moubarak, who has retained his position as racing

manager for the stable, Kassem Masri is the managing director for Four Roses Stable.

"It will probably be around June 10 before we officially make the name change," said Moubarak. "It will take that long to get all the necessary paperwork done and change the colors."

Buckram Oak, whose reigning Breeders' Cup Sprint champion Silver Train won the Grade 1 Metropolitan Handicap last Monday, has scaled back its operation since Fustok's death while the surviving partners discussed the future of the operation.

"It was a very long process," said Moubarak, himself a former trainer for Buckram Oak. "There were a lot of family complications. A lot of people have bits and pieces of the horses. Now everything has been done correctly. Everybody is satisfied. As for myself, I'm very happy to have kept my position as racing manager."

Moubarak said Four Roses has approximately 50 horses in training, the majority of them 2-year-olds still on its farm located in Citra, Fla., just outside Ocala.

"We have about 16 or 17 older horses, either at the track or ready to go back to the track, and another 35 2-year-olds, some of whom are just about ready to be sent to the track as well," said Moubarak. "The majority of our horses will go to either Nick Zito or Richard Dutrow."

Dutrow saddled Silver Train to win both the 2005 Breeders' Cup Sprint and the Metropolitan.

"Silver Train was unbelievable winning the Met Mile the other day," said Moubarak. "And it's a shame Nick's horse [Sun King] had to lose because he ran a gallant race as well."

Moubarak said in the future Four Roses plans to concentrate almost exclusively on buying young horses at the sales while at the same time scaling down its own breeding operation at the farm.