06/13/2002 11:00PM

Easyfromthegitgo, Bonapaw to undertake Iowa raid


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Several horses with ties to Lone Star Park will run during the upcoming Iowa Racing Festival at Prairie Meadows, a cluster of eight stakes to be held from July 3-6.

Steve Asmussen, second in the trainer standings here, on Friday said he plans to start the Churchill Downs-based Easyfromthegitgo in the $250,000 Iowa Derby on July 5. Easyfromthegitgo was a troubled fourth as the favorite last out in the Grade 3 Leonard Richards Stakes at Delaware Park.

Earlier this year, Easyfromthegitgo won the $100,000 Lecomte at Fair Grounds, finished second there to Repent in the Grade 2 Louisiana Derby, and was fifth behind War Emblem in the Preakness Stakes.

Boots on Sunday, the tough Texas-bred sprinter who placed in two stakes last month at Lone Star, is also headed to Prairie Meadows, his next assignment coming in the $150,000 Iowa Sprint Handicap on July 4, said trainer Danny Pish.

"I feel like his best races are still in front of him," said Pish. "He's a 5-year-old now, and he's fully grown."

Boots on Sunday has won 13 of 32 starts and $367,965.

The Iowa Sprint is also expected to draw Bonapaw, who is ridden by Gerard Melancon, the third-leading rider at Lone Star. Roman Chapa, also based at Lone Star, is the regular rider of Boots on Sunday.

Others who are aiming for the Iowa Racing Festival include See How She Runs, who will attempt to remain perfect in six career starts in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks on July 3; Maysville Slew, pointing to the Grade 3, $400,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap; and Seainsky, a recent allowance winner who may go in the Iowa Derby.

Louisiana next for Texas turfers

Pleasant State, second last out in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star, and Colonial Power, second last out in an optional claimer, are both pointing to upcoming turf stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Pleasant State, who won a division of the $75,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star on April 13, was beaten a length at 25-1 in the WinStar on May 27, and after the race was found to have an abscess in her right front foot. She has since healed, and is being pointed to the $50,000 Honeymoon Stakes at Louisiana Downs on June 29.

Trainer Ramon Flores claimed Pleasant State for $10,000 on behalf of RSSI Racing at Lone Star in 2000. In addition to the Irving Distaff, the mare this year has won the $50,000 Jersey Lilly at Sam Houston at 44-1.

"Really, when I claimed her she was a nice mare," Flores said. "The guy who had her never ran her long on grass, and that's the only thing I did different with her."

Colonial Power, who worked a half-mile in a sharp 47.80 seconds on Friday, is being pointed to the $100,000 Independence Breeders' Cup Handicap at Louisiana Downs on July 4, said trainer Bret Calhoun. Colonial Power won the race in 2000.

Medication survey

The Texas Horsemen's Partnership, a Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association affiliate, is surveying its membership on race-day medication policies. The results of the survey will be forwarded to the Texas Thoroughbred HBPA board, and the responses will help the panel come up with a national medication policy that would be supported by the THP.

The National HBPA has asked its affiliates to come to the summer convention in Vancouver this July with input on the subject in order to help the organization formulate a national medication policy.

The results will be presented to the Texas Thoroughbred HBPA board at a meeting Thursday.

Groundbreaking for new track

Saddle Brook Park, a yet-to-be constructed Class 2 track in Amarillo, Texas, will hold groundbreaking ceremonies on Wednesday. Lone Star serves as an advisor to Saddle Brook, which will feature a one-mile track and an infield amphitheater.

There will 550 stalls on the grounds, and the seating capacity at the track will be 30,000.

Saddle Brook has not yet requested race dates, but its construction plans have been approved by the Texas Racing Commission.

* Due to Win, who won the $75,000 Bayakoa Stakes over Red n' Gold at Oaklawn in April, is one of several mares capable of winning the eighth race Sunday, a 1 1/16-mile turf allowance worth $37,000.