Updated on 09/17/2011 10:33AM

Claim has owner thinking deja vu

Bluesthestandard seeks a Texas double in the Lone Star Park Handicap.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Bluesthestandard, a former $10,000 claimer, will shoot for his sixth straight win Monday in the $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap. He has come a long way, but just how far can he go?

It's a question that pertains not only to distance, but also the class ladder.

"He's surprising us in both categories," said Ted H. West, who trains Bluesthestandard for Jeffrey Sengara. "When we claimed him, we didn't even think about two turns, and we definitely didn't think he was going to be a stakes horse."

Sengara claimed Bluesthestandard, who had started for a claiming price of $10,000 last March, for $50,000 at Santa Anita on Dec. 31. A Georgia-bred who is now 6, Bluesthestandard is undefeated for his new barn.

In his first start for Sengara and West, he won a $62,500 optional claimer Feb. 17. From there, Bluesthestandard won a $100,000 optional claimer March 12; the Grade 2, $200,000 Potrero Grande Breeders' Cup on March 29; and the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile on April 26.

"I never thought he'd get to the levels he's now found in his last two starts," said Sengara. "When we went to the paddock for the Potrero Grande, I was looking over at Kona Gold, that champion, and I thought, 'Wow, what are we doing here?'

"It was very much deja vu, like being in races with General Challenge, Old Trieste, and Real Quiet again with Budroyale."

Sengara, 33, claimed Budroyale for $50,000 back in 1998, and in just a few starts, Budroyale, also trained by West, won a Grade 2 for his new barn.

Budroyale went on to win three more Grade 2 races and ran second in the Breeders' Cup Classic in 1999 and the Grade 1 Hollywood Gold Cup. He closed out his career with 17 wins and earnings of $2.8 million.

"There are some uncanny similarities between the two," said West, 29. "Both are territorial, and both are consummate professionals - ultra-aggressive, but manageable."

The claims of two horses who develop into multiple graded stakes winners is a testament not only to West, but also to an amazing stroke of good fortune in a tough sport - sentiments that are not lost on Sengara.

"It's just gone way beyond my wildest imagination - so far beyond it, I can't even explain it," he said. "I thought going through what we went through with Bud, you could live 10 or 12 lifetimes and never again have an experience so magical and fairy tale-like."

Bluesthestandard will start as the 120-pound highweight under Martin Pedroza in the Grade 3 Lone Star Park Handicap. The 1 1/16-mile race is the richest of seven stakes on Lone Star Million Day.

Bluesthestandard is in a good position to become the second horse to win both the Lone Star Handicap and the Texas Mile. Dixie Dot Com won both races in 2001.

"I know he is really on the improve, so he might just step up and equal our winning the Texas two-step," said Bill Morey, who trained the now-retired Dixie Dot Com. "He's very eligible."

Dixie Dot Com was based in California but stayed to train at Lone Star after he won the Texas Mile. Bluesthestandard flew in for the race but then shipped back to Santa Anita. Bluesthestandard is scheduled to fly to Texas again on Saturday.

"We elected to stay there, but I don't know that that would make a difference" to Bluesthestandard, said Morey. "It seems like if he shipped well once, he'll do it twice."

Morey brought Dixie Dot Com to Texas because he thought Dixie Dot Com was ready to "run a big mile," and he responded with a track record in the Lone Star Park Handicap that still stands. That's the same reasoning West had for the move with Bluesthestandard.

Bluesthestandard was such a strong finisher in the Potrero Grande at 6 1/2 furlongs, it seemed as if he were begging to go two turns again. He had done so only one other time in his career, winning a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer for West in March.

"We don't know his distance limitations," said West. "With the way he's running, if he were to run a mile and a quarter, there's some big races down the road. If he's just a great mile and a sixteenth horse, there are still a ton of options.

"All I know is, we've run him four times and he's been ultra-impressive all four. It doesn't appear to me that he's ever been all out in any of his races for us. It seems like he has more in the tank."

Sengara is hopeful Bluesthestandard will continue to be effective around two turns. "His gallop-out after his races is what has really floored me," he said. "That's tipped us off on distance."

The gelding's success comes at an opportune time for Sengara, who lives in Vancouver with his wife, Naseem; his son, Kevin, 6; and his daughter, Anita, a 4-year-old who was named for Santa Anita. He owns a manufacturing facility that reprocesses lumber, and with an increase in duty imposed on lumber this year, times are challenging.

"He's made the two-by-fours seem a tad less important," Sengara said of Bluesthestandard. "His heart is so big right now, I think he thinks he's Secretariat. It's always great to have a horse who thinks he can beat everybody who's out there. It's most of the battle."

And it is what has already carried Bluesthestandard farther than anyone expected.