04/19/2005 11:00PM

Cascio begins meet with five starts, five wins


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Bubba Cascio achieved perfection last week at Lone Star Park. All five of the horses he started over the first four days of the meet won, including 11-year-old Feerless Peer, who pulled a $31 upset in the fourth race Sunday.

Cascio also won the fourth race last Thursday night with Oak Hill ($10.40), the fourth and eighth races last Friday night with Visinand ($11.60) and Bellagio Bob ($7.60), and the fifth on Saturday with Logan's Draw ($6.80). His win payoff on a $2 bet averaged $13.60.

"The horses ran good," said Cascio. "We just had them in the right places, had some luck, and happened to win them."

Cascio, a longtime trainer, said he has never saddled five consecutive winners before, but he did win five races on a card at Los Alamitos in Southern California. The record for most consecutive wins by a trainer at Lone Star is six, accomplished by Chris Candies in 1999.

Cascio was in a position to tie the mark Wednesday, with leading contender Lights on Broadway in the sixth race. Thursday, he had Burning Embers in the second and probable favorite Lisa's Gold in the third. And on Friday night, Cascio will start favored Rudy's Finest in the sixth race at Lone Star.

Cascio has a stable of 40 horses at Lone Star headed by sprinter Gold Storm.

"I think we'll have a good meet," he said. "We have a bunch of young horses that haven't started yet, and some 3-year-olds we turned out that have come back and should run well."

Gold Storm, who is the barn star, is being pointed for the $75,000 Ford Express at Lone Star on May 14. The race will serve as a springboard to bigger goals, like the Grade 1 Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup at Del Mar, with his year-end objective the Breeders' Cup Sprint.

"We also want to try to go to Saratoga this year, then hopefully get him back in the Breeders' Cup," said Cascio.

Charming Socialite in overnight stakes

Charming Socialite, who won the $67,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup last fall at Lone Star, is well spotted in the $40,000 Littlebitlively, a five-furlong turf race restricted to horses who have not won a stakes in 2005. The overnight stakes also drew Savonarola, who worked a bullet four furlongs in 46.20 seconds April 15.

Charming Socialite is a sprint stakes winner on dirt and turf, and in his last start was third in the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup. He could be sitting on a peak race in his third start back from the layoff. Glen Murphy has the mount for trainer Bill Pettit.

Savonarola last raced in January and finished second in an off-the-turf $50,000 claimer at Santa Anita. His last win came on grass, in an entry-level allowance at Santa Anita in October. Casey Lambert rides.

Others in the race include Oncearoundtwice and Day Trader.

Real Dandy to Lone Star Derby

Real Dandy will make his next start in the Grade 3, $300,000 Walmac Lone Star Derby on May 14, according to his trainer, Steve Asmussen. In his last start, Real Dandy was fourth to Afleet Alex in the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday.

Real Dandy also finished second in the Grade 3 Risen Star at Fair Grounds and fifth in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby. He is a son of Yankee Victor and races for Bob and Cathy Zollars.

* A quick run through entries for Friday will force some to do a double take. Rock Harbor, not to be confused with Rockport Harbor, is entered in the ninth, a 1 1/16-mile entry-level allowance on turf. Rock Harbor is a 4-year-old by Boston Harbor and is trained by Jack Bruner.

- additional reporting by Jay Privman