11/16/2003 12:00AM

Filly upsets Sam Houston Texan Juvenile

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America America ($25.80) draws away late under Roman Chapa to a 1 1/4-length win in the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile on Saturday night.

America America defeated male rivals in the $150,000 on Saturday night in one of several upsets on the Texas Champions Day card at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston.

The program featured worth $550,000, with all of the races except the Juvenile restricted to horses bred in Texas.

America America($25.80) put in a powerful effort. She was boxed in at the top of the stretch, but found room between rivals inside the final furlong and finished full of run to defeat odds-on favorite Korbyn Gold by a length and a quarter. It was another neck back in third to Oncearoundtwice.

America America covered the mile and a sixteenth in 1:46.15 under Roman Chapa.

The win was the third in 16 starts for America America, who has traveled the world this year. She started her career at Gulfstream Park, and after making starts in Great Britain, Germany and New York, among other jurisdictions, found her way to Sam Houston.

"She has been running since April and she has run a lot," said Franck Mourier, who owns and trains America America. "We were planning to rest her in July, but she kept asking for more. That is why we kept her running. We did not plan to do so, but she really loved it.

"We are not really sure what we will do [next]. If she needs a break, we will give her a break."

America America, a daughter of Mister Baileys, earned $90,000 for the win, to boost her earnings to $298,640.

Burnin' Memories catches Eagle Lake

In the biggest upset of the night, Burnin' Memories caught 1-5 favorite Eagle Lake at the wire to win the $50,000 San Jacinto by a neck. It was another length and a quarter back in third to Prom Date.

Burnin Memories($31.80) covered the mile and a sixteenth for fillies and mares on firm turf in 1:46. Chapa rode the winner for trainer Danny Pish.

The other turf race on the card also paid double digits. Classoffiftyseven($17.40) was a neck winner over Star of Caveat in the $50,000 Richard King Handicap. Terry Stanton rode the winner for trainer Val Ray Foster.

Four stakes wins for Asmussen, Beasley

Other surprises on the program included Confiding Winner($18.40) in the $50,000 Yellow Rose. She edged pacesetter Lauren Lynn by a head to capture the six-furlong race for fillies and mares. Jeremy Beasley was aboard the winner, one of four stakes he won on the card on horses trained by Steve Asmussen.

The two teamed to capture the richest stakes of the night for Texas-breds when Desert Darby($7) won the $100,000 Star of Texas in a dead heat with the Charles Hukill-trained Record Assembly($11.40).

It was a half-length back in third to Agrivating General, while favorite Most Feared finished fifth after getting hung wide on the first turn of the Star.

Record Assembly, under John Jacinto, set all of the pace in the mile and a sixteenth race, while Desert Derby advanced on the final turn. They covered the distance in 1:46.

In the $50,000 Bara Lass for 2-year-old fillies, the Asmussen-trained Sago($4) remained undefeated in four starts when she won the race by a head over Wild Rezonution. Beasley was aboard the filly, who gave Asmussen his sixth straight win in the Bara Lass.

In the other Texas-bred race for 2-year-olds, Roundabout Jones($4.80) held off There Goes Rocket by a neck to win the $50,000 Groovy. Beasley rode the winner for Asmussen. Overall, the men won five of the 10 races on the card, with their other winner coming in a starter allowance with She's No Bo.

* Fitzroyal was an eight and three-quarter length winner over favorite Front Nine in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas. Gerard Melancon rode the winner for trainer Cole Norman.

* Handle on the card was $2,119,919, while attendance was 10,247.