04/20/2010 11:00PM

Fifteen Love offers choice


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Fifteen Love drew ideal posts for two Saturday stakes at Lone Star Park, making the decision of running him in the Grade 3, $200,000 Texas Mile or the $50,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge a little more difficult for his connections.

"I'm okay on both races," trainer Jerenesto Torrez said after Fifteen Love drew post 4 of 8 in the Texas Mile, and 3 of 11 in the Turf Challenge. "Right now, I don't know what we're going to do. The good thing is that he doesn't have any problem with the grass or the dirt."

Fifteen Love, a stakes winner on turf, has won back-to-back dirt starts at Sam Houston. His latest came in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup at 1 1/8 miles March 27. Before that, Fifteen Love won a one-mile allowance with a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 103.

The Texas Mile drew a competitive field in which multiple stakes winner Euroears could go favored in his two-turn debut. He will break from post 3 under Jamie Theriot and is a candidate to control the pace following his third-place finish in last month's $96,000 Duncan Kenner at Fair Grounds.

Harlan Street will be seeking his seventh consecutive win Saturday in the Texas Mile. He will break from post 5 under regular rider Scott Spieth. Harlan Street won the $125,000 Delta Downs Mile in December, and more recently has taken consecutive sprint allowances at Mountaineer for trainer Albert Skinner.

The complete Texas Mile field, from the rail with riders, is: Jonesboro, Cliff Berry; Mythical Power, Martin Garcia; Euroears, Theriot; Fifteen Love, Junior Chacaltana; Harlan Street, Spieth; King Dan, Chris Landeros; Star Guitar, Curt Bourque; and Becky's Express, Jeremy Collier.

The Texas Mile, which has been reduced in purse value from last year's $300,000, is one of three stakes on the program. It will go as the ninth on an 11-race card that also includes the $50,000 Irving Distaff for fillies and mares at 7o1/2 furlongs on turf. The Irving drew a field of 12 that includes defending champ Hotlantic and multiple stakes winner Bubbler. All of the stakes are preps for the richest races on the Lone Star Million Day program May 31.

The forecast for Saturday is partly cloudy skies and a high of 78 degrees. For the card, Lone Star will offer $1 pricing on admission and some concession items.