04/28/2002 11:00PM

A four-win day isn't Lovato's best


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Jockey Anthony Lovato has a knack for winning races in bunches. Saturday at Lone Star Park Lovato won four races, including the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile with Unrullah Bull.

Lovato had another big day a month ago at Oaklawn Park when he won five races on March 29, including the $50,000 Hot Springs Stakes with Beau's Town. And last year, Lovato bagged six wins on a single card at Lone Star on July 3, his biggest win coming aboard Royal Spy in the $125,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge.

"He can horseback," trainer Cole Norman said of Lovato. Norman is one of Lovato's biggest patrons, and put the rider on three winners last Saturday at Lone Star, including Unrullah Bull.

"Cole gets them ready," said Lovato. "I felt really confident in the horses I rode [Saturday]."

Unrullah Bull, a $25,000 claim last year, is now being pointed for the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap on May 27, said Norman.

Interest sold in Beau's Town

Owner Dave Hulkewicz has sold a half-interest in Beau's Town, who will attempt to win his sixth consecutive race Saturday in the $75,000 Ford Express Stakes at Lone Star, to Bobby Beck.

Beck operates Coast to Coast Racing, which topped the owner standings at Lone Star at the close of racing Sunday.

Hulkewicz, who purchased Beau's Town after he finished second in his career debut last September, said a private deal was cut after Beau's Town won the Hot Springs. The gelding will continue to be trained by Norman.

Beau's Town has not lost a race since Hulkewicz bought him. He won his maiden in his first start for his new owner, then sped through his conditions before winning the Hot Springs in a dead heat with Kings Command.

"He seems to step up to the level of competition, and I think that's the sign of a good horse," said Hulkewicz.

A good performance in the Ford Express could send Beau's Town to Calder Race Course for the $400,000 Smile Sprint Handicap on July 13.

Hal's Hope to Mass Cap

Hal's Hope came out of his fourth-place finish in the Texas Mile in good order and will now be pointed for the Grade 2, $500,000 Massachusetts Handicap at Suffolk Downs on June 1, according to Barry Rose, who co-owns the horse with his father, 90-year-old trainer Harold Rose.

"The next scheduled stop is the Mass Cap, unless we convince Dad to stay home," said Barry Rose, referring to the Grade 3 Memorial Day Handicap at Calder.

Jockey Roger Velez offered no real excuse for Hal's Hope in the Texas Mile. "His mind wasn't on running," said Velez.

Secret Session exits fast race

Secret Session, who in his last start ran second in one of the fastest six-furlong races of the meet at Oaklawn, meets nine others in the featured eighth race Wednesday, a six-furlong conditioned allowance that also drew G.W.'s Deputy and Halo Cat.

Secret Session ran second in his last start, beaten 1 1/4 lengths in a $60,000 optional claimer that went in a swift 1:09.60.

* Time for Philip, a half-brother to Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity winner Thick Wasted, makes his debut in the fourth race Wednesday for trainer Brent Davidson.