12/23/2003 1:00AM

Extra furlong benefits There Goes Rocket


The additional furlong that There Goes Rocket will get Saturday night in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park might help him turn the tables on Roundabout Jones.

The one-mile race is restricted to 2-year-olds by nominated stallions, and it shares a program with the $125,000 fillies division, which drew the undefeated Sago.

There Goes Rocket and Roundabout Jones last met in the $50,000 Groovy at Sam Houston, with There Goes Rocket closing from next to last to finish second, beaten a neck by Roundabout Jones in that seven-furlong race.

"He had kind of a wide trip from a wide post, so we're hoping for a better trip," said Sam David Jr., who trains There Goes Rocket for Frank Fletcher. "I thought it was a super race for him. We were disappointed in the photo, but he ran a winning race."

David said the additional eighth of a mile Saturday should suit There Goes Rocket. The colt's last win came at one mile in a turf allowance at Louisiana Downs. Before that race, There Goes Rocket rallied from well back to win the 5 1/2-furlong division of the $122,000 Texas Stallion at Lone Star Park.

The return to racing around two turns Saturday could put There Goes Rocket closer to the pace than he was in the Groovy. At least that was the case when the colt won the allowance at Louisiana Downs.

"He kind of stalked," said David, who has given the mount Saturday to E.J. Perrodin.

Jeremy Beasley has the mount on Roundabout Jones for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Sago shoots for 5 for 5

Sago, who has won all four of her starts by a combined 18 3/4 lengths, could be tested for the first time when she makes her two-turn debut in the fillies division of the Texas Stallion.

Sago was a head winner of the $50,000 Bara Lass over seven furlongs in her last start Nov. 15. She dueled for the lead throughout that race, but might not need to be on the lead in the Texas Stallion.

She showed a willingness to rate two starts ago, when she rallied from a stalking position to win the six-furlong fillies division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion at Retama Park.

Asmussen has given the mount to Beasley.