07/02/2007 11:00PM

Forty Grams may go to Spa


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Steve Asmussen has had good success in the Grade 2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga. He won the race in 2004 with Bwana Charlie and again in 2005 with Santana Strings. Asmussen's latest candidate for the 6o1/2-furlong race for 3-year-olds might have emerged Saturday at Lone Star Park.

Asmussen said Forty Grams, who won the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup at a mile, could start next in the Amsterdam. The race will be run at Saratoga on July 30.

"We'll shorten him up for that possibly," said Asmussen. "I think up to a mile, it appears [will be best for him]. I think he's proven that."

Forty Grams ran one of his best races in the Alysheba. He stalked the pace then powered to a 1 3/4-length win over stablemate Takedown. For his effort, Forty Grams earned a Beyer Figure of 90. The Alysheba was the third win of his career, with his other victories coming at a mile, too, including a 13-length romp in a first-level allowance at Fair Grounds.

Earlier this year, Forty Grams picked up checks in some of the Triple Crown prep races, among his efforts a third-place finish in the Grade 2 Lexington. Asmussen said Forty Grams was to ship from Lone Star back to Kentucky. He is still determining the next move with Takedown.

"With Takedown, we might try turf next," he said of this son of Point Given. "I don't know where. He'll stay in this part of the country.

"Point Givens have run well on turf."

Takedown won the $100,000 Northern Spur BC earlier this year at Oaklawn.

Similar dates asked for 2008

Lone Star has asked the Texas Racing Commission for a 65-date Thoroughbred meet in 2008, to run from April 10 through July 27. According to the request, Lone Star would like to race primarily four days a week, from Thursday through Sunday. The request is a similar schedule to the current 67-date meet. This season ends July 29.

Lone Star has also asked for 28 days of Quarter Horse racing next year, in a meet that would run from Oct. 10 through Nov. 29. Dates will be awarded at an upcoming commission meeting. The deadline for tracks to put in 2008 requests was Monday.

Sam Houston Race Park in Houston has asked for 62 dates of Thoroughbred racing in 2008. It proposes a 44-date winter-spring season from Jan. 4 through April 5, and an 18-date fall season from Nov. 28-Dec. 28. The track has asked for 34 dates for Quarter Horses, from June 27-Sept. 6.

Retama Park near San Antonio has asked for 35 days of Thoroughbred racing next year, from Sept. 5-Nov. 22. The track is seeking a 20-date meet for Quarter Horses, from April 25-June 22.

Card heavy on allowances

Lone Star has four allowance or optional claimers on its nine-race card Thursday night. The action starts in the fourth, with a first-level allowance for 3-year-olds and up at 1o1/16 miles on turf. The leading contenders include Service Hawk and Wheel Man.

The sixth race is a first-level allowance for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. It is led by Rebalite and Critikal Reason, a half-sister to a Kentucky Oaks winner, Lemons Forever. The seventh race is a second level allowance sprint for 3-year-olds. and up. The top contenders include Duh Nutts, Natural Speed, ,and Mr. Smee.

The featured eighth race drew Boundus, the third-place finisher in the $50,000 River Cities at Louisiana Downs. A one-mile turf race for fillies and mares, it carries an optional claiming price of $35,000.

Regional options for Alice Belle

Alice Belle, who closed with good acceleration to win the $50,000 Lone Star Oaks by a half-length over stablemate Katys Touch Gold, will likely make her next start in this region, said her trainer, John Locke.

Locke has not yet targeted a specific race for Alice Belle, but noted a couple of turf stakes at Louisiana Downs and Remington Park. The $75,000 Lyrique for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles at Louisiana Downs will be run Aug. 18. The $75,000 Remington Park Oaks at a mile will be run Oct. 20.