10/21/2004 12:00AM

Four stakes on Hall of Fame card


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Rare Cure, who ran his biggest race of the year when he went turf to dirt, will make the same move Saturday in the $100,000 Assault at Lone Star Park. The 1 1/16-mile race is one of four Texas-bred stakes on the 10-race program that complements inductions into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Will Farish and Nelson Bunker Hunt will be enshrined at a ceremony following the races. The other stakes on the program are the $75,000 Allen Bogan Memorial and two $50,000 stakes for 2-year-olds bred in Texas.

Rare Cure won the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes at Retama Park on turf in his last start Sept. 18, dueling throughout for a neck win over Shakethemhatersoff. The last time he went from turf to dirt he won the $75,000 Bob Johnson at Lone Star over Pie N Burger, who in his next start won the $100,000 Evangeline Mile and then ran second to Roses in May in the Grade 2 Kentucky Cup Classic.

Rare Cure races for Larry Dyson and is based at Lone Star with trainer Joe Petalino.

"He seems like he runs better races on the grass, then all of the sudden his race on dirt is better," said Petalino. "I don't know what it is. I've had him all his life and I couldn't tell you."

Petalino said one factor that has worked in Rare Cure's favor this season was the removal of blinkers in June.

Cliff Berry has the mount on the gelding, who will face 10 others in a strong field that includes Desert Darby, Lights on Broadway, There Goes Rocket, and Oncearoundtwice.

Native Annie heads Bogan Memorial

Native Annie, who has never been beaten in Texas-bred company, will return to the statebred ranks for the first time since February in the Bogan, a mile race for fillies and mares. She faces nine others, including Kentucky invader Slewpy's Storm and Remiewaterbluz from Canada.

Native Annie last raced Sept. 15, winning a mile optional claimer at Arlington Park. Carlos Marquez Jr. was aboard and has the mount in the Bogan. Native Annie races for Stonerside Stable and is trained by Michael Stidham.

Slewpy's Storm, a 3-year-old filly, will be making her first start in a Texas-bred race. She returned from a five-month layoff in September and finished second in an overnight handicap on turf at Ellis Park. She has worked well for her Lone Star debut, going five furlongs in 1:00 on Oct. 17.

"It was a nice, easy comfortable work," said Ed Frederick, who trains Slewpy's Storm.

Remiwaterbluz has come a long way over the past few years since being claimed and last out won a stakes in Canada.

"She was claimed cheap, about $5,000, and went on to run well. She's earned around $180,000 now," said John Locke, who managed the filly just after she was claimed at Sam Houston and has recently resumed training her after she spent some time in Canada for Well-Being Stable.

* Berdelia, who won both stakes for 2-year-old fillies offered this spring at Lone Star, will cut back to one turn for the $50,000 Valor Farm. The 6 1/2-furlong race drew a full field of 12. In her last start, Berdelia was third to Enduring Will - who is to start in the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies - in the one-mile $100,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup.

* Leaving on My Mind, who rallied fast to win the $100,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup last out, will shoot for his third straight stakes win in the $50,000 Mocha Express, which drew multiple stakes winner Expect Will. Leaving on My Mind won a division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes one start before the Middleground.