12/17/2003 12:00AM

Fly Slama Jama back in dash


For the first time since he outran his pedigree to record a wire-to-wire win in the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame on Oct. 4, Fly Slama Jama on Friday will get back to what he was bred to do - sprint.

Despite his class and supportive pedigree, Fly Slama Jama is not the horse to beat when he runs in the five-furlong turf allowance, the seventh race at Sam Houston Race Park. Cowboy Tough looks like the controlling speed in the race and the stretch target for Fly Slama Jama.

Fly Slama Jama is turning back in distance from 1 1/8 miles, having set much of the pace as the favorite last out in the $50,000 Richard King Handicap at Sam Houston, in which he finished seventh.

In the 1 1/16-mile Hall of Fame at Retama Park, Fly Slama Jama set a course record, winning by two lengths under regular rider Weldon Cloninger Jr.

Fly Slama Jama is by To Freedom, a Grade 2-winning sprinter who has been sought out as a sire for some Quarter Horses. Fly Slama Jama is also out of a sprinter, Maud M., who raced in Texas. John Locke trains Fly Slama Jama for his breeder, Hubert Bell, Jr.

Cowboy Tough invades from Remington Park, where he defeated stakes winner Jeb's Honor in a $25,000 optional claimer in his last start. Cowboy Tough set fast fractions in that five-furlong turf race, before recording a one-length win. Trainer Jory Ferrell has given the mount to Greg Schaefer.

Another top contender Friday is High Cascade, who is out of the same mare as champion sprinter Rubiano. In his last start, High Cascade just missed in a five-furlong turf allowance Nov. 8. Steve Asmussen, who is the leading trainer at Sam Houston, has given the mount to Roman Chapa.

Asmussen cuts Lake's lead

After winning three races at Sunland Park on Tuesday, Asmussen is closing in on Scott Lake in the standings for national wins among trainers. Jeremy Beasley, who is the leading rider at Sam Houston, traveled to the New Mexico track to ride for Asmussen.

Asmussen and Beasley won two races in photo finishes, and one by a half-length. Through Tuesday, Asmussen has won 434 races this year. Lake leads the national trainer standings with 437 wins.

Asmussen was the national win leader last year, when he closed with a rush to overtake Lake.

Lights on Broadway sold

Lights on Broadway, a former horse of the year in Texas who has not raced since finishing third in the $35,000 Chick Lang Memorial at Retama in September, is working toward a comeback, and when he makes his return, he will start for a new owner, Virginia Skelton.

Bubba Cascio will continue to train Lights on Broadway, a 6-year-old gelding who has won 10 of 39 starts and $425,115. Lights on Broadway had his second work back last Thursday, when he drilled four furlongs in 49.80 seconds at Delta Downs.

Cascio is based at Delta this season and is winning races at a 40-percent clip. He had won with 7 of 18 starters through Tuesday.

* Simply Jolie, who ran her record to 3 for 4 with her win in the $40,000 Delta Belle at Delta on Nov. 28, could make her next start in the $40,000 Genesis on Jan. 3, said trainer Chad Hassenpflug. Simply Jolie, who is owned by Jack Meyer, has won her maiden, an allowance, and a stakes by a combined 14 3/4 lengths.

* Where Is My Daddy, who has won both of her career starts, faces a competitive field of Louisiana-bred fillies and mares in the featured ninth race at Delta on Friday night. The purse for the five-furlong conditioned allowance is $30,200.

* Lone Star Park raised $59,000 for Grand Prairie charities during the annual Mistletoe Ball on Dec. 6. The theme centered on the 2004 running of the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Championships, which will be hosted by Lone Star.