02/04/2003 12:00AM

Form matters, but check company lines, too


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - It may not be enough to assess current form when trying to come up with the winner of the featured eighth race Thursday at Oaklawn Park.

One should take a long look at company lines, with the leading contenders in the six-furlong conditioned allowance for fillies and mares - Cherylville Slew, Steaming Home, and Freddie's Folly - each exiting races that have produced some interesting return winners.

Cherylville Slew finished second last out to Princess Jen in the $30,000 Lady's Secret at Remington Park, and a month later, Princess Jen won her third straight race when she captured a $39,000 allowance at Fair Grounds.

Steaming Home was fifth in her last start to Emily Ring in the $50,000 Holiday Inaugural at Turfway Park. Following that race, Emily Ring went on to win the $75,000 New Year's Eve at Mountaineer Park.

Then there is Freddie's Folly, who has not raced since April, when she finished third behind For Rubies and Don't Countess Out in the $50,000 Goldfinch at Prairie Meadows. A month later, For Rubies won an $80,000 optional claimer at Churchill, then went on to capture the $60,000 Real Delight at Arlington.

Don't Countess Out was a Prairie allowance winner one race after the Gold Finch, and later won the $75,000 Weekend Deelight at Turfway.

Beau's Town eyes Count Fleet

The longterm goal for Beau's Town, who remained perfect in four starts at Oaklawn on Saturday with a win in the $50,000 King Cotton, is the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Handicap at Oaklawn on April 10, said David Hulkewicz, who co-owns the horse with Robert Beck.

Before the Count Fleet, Beau's Town might ship to Fair Grounds for the $150,000 Pelleteri Breeders' Cup on March 16. Hulkewicz said he plans to discuss options with trainer Cole Norman.

Norman's other Oaklawn stakes winner last weekend, Explosive Beauty, could try two turns later in the meet, the trainer said. She is under consideration for the $75,000 Honeybee at 1 1/16 miles on March 8.

Explosive Beauty was a 6 1/2-length winner of the $50,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies last Friday.

Court appeal dropped

An appeal of Jon Court's seven-day suspension for a riding infraction last week has been dropped, said his agent, Larry Edwards. Court, Oaklawn's leading jockey, is named to ride eight horses Thursday, but will instead begin his suspension as scheduled. It runs from Thursday through Feb. 12.

Court was suspended for allowing his mount, Lucky Baldwin, to impede another horse in the sixth race last Saturday. The incident resulted in the disqualification of Lucky Baldwin from second to third place. Court is back at Oaklawn for the first time since he won the Hot Springs title in 2000.

New licensing standard

In a policy beginning March 1, the Texas Racing Commission will require that all licensee applicants furnish proof of identity when getting licensed, according to the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, which represents owners and trainers in Texas.

Licensees who do not come to the track can still be licensed by mail as in the past, but they will not be issued a badge until showing proof of identity. The new policy has its roots in homeland security.

* Recent stakes winners Agrivating General and Star of Caveat will meet in the featured seventh race Thursday night at Sam Houston. The 1 1/16-mile allowance for statebreds, worth $24,000, also drew Faxamillion.

* Oak Hall, dominating winner of the $75,000 Bayou State Saturday night at Delta Downs, could make his next start in the track's $150,000 Gold Cup for statebreds March 2, said trainer Keith Bourgeois. Bourgeois is tied atop the Delta trainer standings with Doris Hebert.

* The Sam Houston Chaplaincy will host a benefit golf tournament on March 10 at Longwood Golf Course. The tournament raises money for the Jockeys' Crisis Fund, which assists injured riders, as well as the chaplaincy program at Sam Houston. The entry fee is $60 per player.