05/26/2004 11:00PM

Favorite on track, foal on the way


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Pocketfullofpesos fits into a different category than her rivals in the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes at Lone Star Park on Monday - she's a working mom.

Pocketfullofpesos was bred to Skimming this spring, and has since thrived for the Valid Expectations.

"Like a woman when she's pregnant, she just seems to glow," said Mike Mitchell, who trains Pocketfullofpesos. "She looks like a million dollars."

Pocketfullofpesos is one of two strong contenders Mitchell is sending to town for the annual Lone Star Million Day, a program of seven stakes worth a total of $1 million. Mitchell also has the favorite in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap with Kela.

Pocketfullofpesos, a stakes winner, should vie for favoritism in the Valid Expectations with the locally based Savorthetime. A 4-year-old daughter of In Excess, Pocketfullofpesos was an allowance winner at Hollywood Park on May 12 in her last start, and has won 5 of 9 starts overall.

Mitchell has raced a handful of mares after they were bred, and said Pocketfullofpesos will be retired by August. The bred mares he has raced and retired include Miss High Blade, a six-time stakes winner of $508,396 who raced while in foal with Miss Hot Salsa, an eventual stakes winner of $227,756; and allowance winner Runaway Pro, who delivered Skimming's first foal. Skimming is a multiple Grade 1 winner of $2.2 million who stands at Cardiff Stud in California.

Ten horses were probable for the Valid Expectations as of Thursday. The others are Big Score, Bridal Gal, Clear in the West, Fleeta Dif, Fuse It, Hope Rises, Jabibti, and Leona's Lies.

Mitchell said David Nuesch will ride Pocketfullofpesos, as well as Kela, whom he rode to victory last out in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile.

Perrodin to pilot Katdogawn in WinStar Distaff

E.J. Perrodin, who is considered one of this region's top turf riders, will be aboard Katdogawn for the Grade 2, $200,000 WinStar Distaff, said her trainer, Jim Cassidy. Katdogawn is the starting highweight in the one-mile race, which could draw a full field of 12 fillies and mares.

Perrodin won the WinStar in 1998 aboard Arctica, and one of his biggest turf horses in recent times has been millionaire Candid Glen.

Katdogawn will attempt to become the second Southern California-based winner of the WinStar. The first was Queen of Wilshire in 2002. Katdogawn, who was bred in Great Britain, is a multiple Grade 2 winner of $452,863.

She is expected to face at least 10 others in the WinStar: Academic Angel, Bedanken, Cherylville Slew, Due to Win Again, Fudge Fatale, Icy Avenue, Janeian, Mexican Moonlight, Super High, and Titia.

Cassidy said he could have one more starter on Lone Star Million Day. He is considering running Unrivalled in the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes. Also bred in Great Britain, Unrivalled won the $70,000 Pasadena at Santa Anita in March. He rallied from 11th to win the race in his first start in North America.

Others expected for the Pin Oak are Alpha Capo, Cryptograph, Kingdom Come, New York Harbor, No Place Like It, Oncearoundtwice, Rollicking Caller, Silent Picture, Skip and Go, and Strike Island.

Horses from California are scheduled to arrive on Saturday.

That Tat to defend title in Beck Turf Sprint

That Tat, who won last year's $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint, will defend his title in the race this year, said his owner, Ken Murphy. That Tat was voted Lone Star's top sprinter last year for his win in the Beck and the $75,000 Ford Express. He is trained by Cole Norman.

Other probables for the Beck are Bold Reply, Clever Pancho, Dash for Daylight, Gold Storm, Mighty Beau, and More Crafty. Possibles include Runaway Choice and Leslie's Love.

* Yessirgeneralsir worked four furlongs in a bullet 45.80 seconds Thursday in preparation for the Lone Star Park Handicap. He is expected to face six others in the race: Agrivating General, Kela, Maysville Slew, Saint Buddy, Sonic West, and Spanish Empire.

* A competitive field of older horses will meet in the featured eighth race Saturday, a seven-furlong optional claimer. Among those entered are Forest Landing, Guaranteed Sweep, Firststatedeposit, High Strike Zone, and Silver Phone.