11/21/2004 1:00AM

Goosey Moose best in Star of Texas


HOUSTON - Goosey Moose asserted himself as one of the best older Texas-breds in training on Saturday night when he powered to a 2 3/4-length win over Catalissa in the $100,000 at Sam Houston Race Park.

The race drew four past winners, and was the richest of eight Texas-bred stakes on the card called Texas Champions Day. A ninth stakes, the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile won by Boggy Creek, was for open company, and together the races were worth $625,000.

Goosey Moose ($10.40) settled in third in the Star of Texas, just behind pacesetter Record Assembly, who led the field through a half-mile in 47.55 seconds. The eventual winner moved to the leaders on the final turn, then had to deal with a stretch bid from Catalissa before pulling away. Goosey Moose covered the mile and a sixteenth over a muddy track in 1:43.74.

"It was a big effort," said Danny Pish, who trains Goosey Moose. "He has a big heart."

Roman Chapa rode Goosey Moose. The Star of Texas was the second straight $100,000 statebred stakes win for the colt. Last month, Goosey Moose won the $100,000 Assault at Lone Star Park. He earned $60,000 for his win Saturday, and overall has a record of 5 wins from 11 starts for earnings of $167,520.

Goosey Moose is a 3-year-old by Shaquin and he races for his breeder, Wilton Scott.

Native Annie still perfect in Houston

Native Annie won her fourth race at Sam Houston in as many starts at the track when she drew clear by a length and three quarters in the $75,000 Martanza Stakes.

Last meet, Native Annie won three races at Sam Houston, including two divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

Native Annie ($4.20) stalked the leaders early in the Martanza, took over into the stretch, and went on to cover the one-mile over a sloppy track in 1:37.78. Carlos Marquez Jr. rode the winner for trainer Michael Stidham.

Native Annie, who is a 3-year-old daughter of Manzotti, races for her breeder, Stonerside Stable. She earned $45,000 for the win, which was her sixth from 11 starts. Her earning now stand at $270,450.

One start prior to the Martanza, Native Annie won the $75,000 Allen Bogan Memorial for Texas-bred fillies and mares at Lone Star.

* Steve Asmussen tied a 28-year-old record for trainer wins in a calendar year when Expect Will ($5.60) skipped home by five and a quarter lengths in the $50,000 Groovy. The win was No. 496 on the year for Asmussen, who would go on to break the record set by Jack Van Berg later in the night, but with a starter at Delta Downs. Donnie Meche rode Expect Will, who has now won 5 of 8 starts and $239,942.

* Charming Socialite ($7.40) was moving best of all in the late stages, driving to a length and three-quarter win over a competitive field in the $50,000 Spirit of Texas. Larry Taylor rode the winner for trainer Bill Pettit.

* Countryfide ($4.40) became a stakes winner when she stormed to a two and a half length win over Angelic Jewel in the $50,000 Yellow Rose. Lonnie Meche was aboard the winner for trainer Morris Nicks.

* Snipper Lou ($15.20) followed a dominant maiden win up with a three length win over 2-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Bara Lass. She rallied from last to win the race over favorite Tuned In. Jeffery Burningham rode the winner for trainer Cord Nix.

* Marfa's Taxes ($7) closed with a rush to edge 61-1 longshot Nancibegood by a half-length in the $50,000 San Jacinto. She covered the mile and a sixteenth over yielding turf in 1:50.80. Corey Lanerie rode the winner for Jeffrey Kass and trainer Paul Duhon.

* Late Expectations ($11.60) won his first stakes race when he rallied for a one-length win over Kid Halo in the $50,000 Richard King Handicap. Edwin Maldonado-Alicea rode the winner for trainer Ricardo Morales.