06/28/2002 12:00AM

Despite derby defeat, Teague to stay on turf


Teague, who ran fourth as the favorite in his turf debut earlier this month in the $100,000 Canterbury Breeders' Cup Derby, will remain on the grass Sunday for the featured seventh race at Lone Star Park, a one-mile optional claimer worth $32,000.

Teague had won three straight one-mile races on dirt leading into the June 9 stakes at Canterbury, with his biggest score a 5 1/4-length win in the $30,000 Nebraska Derby. He is part of a deep field at Lone Star, including Thunder Fish, Kris's Sleigh, Dynacard, and Bourbon N Coke.

Teague will be ridden by Don Pettinger, and is trained by Rick Engel, who has won with two of his three starters this meet at Lone Star.

Fast maiden winner back at La. Downs

A Rare Book, who covered six furlongs in 1:10.80 winning his maiden against statebreds at Fair Grounds in March, advances to the entry-level allowance ranks Sunday in the featured 10th race at Louisiana Downs.

The six-furlong race for statebreds is worth $26,500, and it has drawn eight, including Donna's Mailbag, an impressive maiden winner at Louisiana Downs last year, and Giuseppe's Champ, a deep closer who would benefit from a fast pace Sunday.

A Rare Book led throughout to win his maiden last out by 6 1/2 lengths. He has worked well at his Evangeline Downs base since for trainer Rene Angelle. Steve Bourque, the co-leading rider at Evangeline, has the mount Sunday.

Glitzi's Classic shows family form

Glitzi's Classic, a 3-year-old half-brother to multiple stakes winner Sarah Lane's Oates, won an entry-level turf allowance Thursday night at Lone Star and could make his next start in the $50,000 Bossier City Handicap at Louisiana Downs on July 20, said trainer Andrew Leggio, Jr.

The allowance score was the second straight win for Glitzi's Classic, who won his maiden by four lengths at Lone Star on June 7. Sarah Lane's Oates won both her maiden and a conditioned allowance back-to-back at Lone Star as a 3-year-old before traveling to Louisiana Downs and running second in the Chapel Belle Stakes.

Glitzi's Classic, who is a son of Sky Classic, bears a striking physical resemblance to Sarah Lane's Oates in both color and markings. Sarah Lane's Oates, who was retired earlier this year, won 21 races in her career and $888,296.

Remington Rock back home

Remington Rock, who finished third to Duckhorn in a Churchill Downs allowance June 23, has returned to his Louisiana Downs base with one of his major objectives at the meet being the $50,000 Ark-La-Tex Handicap on Aug. 3, said trainer Richard Jackson.

This year, the Ark-La-Tex has been shortened to 1 1/16 miles after being run over 1 1/8 miles since 1983.

Remington Rock, an 8-year-old who has won 15 races and $376,200, is a multiple stakes winner at Louisiana Downs. Jackson said there is an outside chance the gelding could run on turf in the $100,000 Independence Breeders' Cup Handicap at the track July 4.

Flag Dancer to Middleground

Flag Dancer, a nine-length winner in his debut Wednesday night at Lone Star, is headed next to the $100,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup for 2-year-old colts and geldings at Lone Star on July 13, said Colleen Davidson, assistant to her husband, trainer Brent Davidson.

Flag Dancer debuted for a $25,000 claiming price in order to get a race under his belt several weeks before the Middleground. The colt is from the first crop of Grade 2 winner Flag Down, and is a half-brother to Sutter Sutter, a multiple stakes winner who has earned close to $170,000.

Last year, Davidson developed Nuclear Assembly, a two-time stakes winner at 2 who finished second in the Middleground.