07/13/2005 11:00PM

Forrest G. gets to go a bit longer

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Forrest G. rallies to win the TTA Futurity, earning a Beyer Figure of 75.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Marvin Hayes said Forrest G. was hungry after his win in a division of the $135,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity last month at Lone Star Park: Hungry for his dinner, and hungry for more distance.

The dinner was devoured long ago, and the distance, it comes on Saturday. Forrest G. will pick up an additional furlong in the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup, a six-furlong race for 2-year-olds that will share a program with the $75,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup on what is the next-to-last day of the meet at Lone Star.

closed from eighth to win the TTA on June 11, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 75, the highest last-race number among his rivals Saturday. Hayes said he feels that, in time, Forrest G. will prove to be at his best at distances of one mile or more. But the horse is sharp for the Middleground.

"I'm expecting good things out of him," said Hayes. "He played their game the other day and beat them, and this six furlongs is probably not his best lick, but he does have speed to get about where we need to be in the race. We'll try to be there when it counts, and be on the money."

Forrest G. has trained well for the task, drilling four furlongs in 47.40 seconds on July 2 and three furlongs in 35 seconds July 10.

"He's fired two bullets and was in hand in both of them," said Hayes.

Jeremy Beasley has the mount on Forrest G. Beasley rode the gelding in his career debut but injured his foot after that race, and Casey Lambert rode the horse in the TTA Futurity. Lambert has since broken his jaw and punctured a lung in a spill July 4, while last week, Beasley won with his first mount back at Lone Star.

"Jeremy's healed and is back riding sharp, and we were fortunate to get him on this horse," said Hayes, who co-owns Forrest G. with Terry Wood. "I believe he's riding the best horse, and I hope that we'll prove it again."

Forrest G. drew well for the Middleground, getting post 5.

, who dominated the trials for the TTA, drew gate 2 and will have leading rider Cliff Berry aboard for trainer Cody Autrey.

Yaddo Cat returns in Silver Spur

Yaddo Cat, a $200,000 auction purchase who won her debut at Keeneland at 1-2 on April 8, will make her first start since then in the Silver Spur, a six-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies. Yaddo Cat coasted home by 3 1/4 lengths in her first career race and draws outside of all her rivals Saturday in post 5.

Yaddo Cat is a daughter of Forest Wildcat and is out of the same mare as Katy Kat, a stakes winner of $210,788, and Kombat Kat, a winner of $234,794. Roman Chapa has the mount for Asmussen.

The chief threat could be Slewpy's Star, who is a half-sister to Slewpy's Storm, winner of the $100,000 Allen Bogan last week at Lone Star. Her trainer, Brent Davidson, and jockey, Kevin Cogburn, are also the team behind Slewpy's Storm.