02/03/2005 1:00AM

Goosey Moose multi-angle play


Goosey Moose has a lot of angles in his favor Saturday night in the $40,000 Jersey Village Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park. He will be moving back to turf, a surface over which he is 2 for 2, and he will be facing Texas-breds following a fifth-place finish last out in open company in the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup.

Goosey Moose should also like the distance of the race, 1 1/16 miles, because he won consecutive stakes at the distance in October and November. He will face nine others in the Jersey Village, now a turf route for statebreds - it had been a dirt race in recent years - which also drew stakes winners Desert Darby, Rare Cure, and Lucky Expectations.

Goosey Moose pushed the pace in the Maxxam, at 1 1/8 miles on Jan. 22, and finished fifth, 4 1/2 lengths behind the winner, Alumni Hall. He will be racing with Texas-breds for the first time since Nov. 20, when he won the $100,000 Star of Texas at Sam Houston Race Park.

Goosey Moose's last turf start, which he also won, came in a two-other-than allowance at Retama Park on Sept. 22. Trainer Danny Pish has given the mount to Terry Stanton.

Rare Cure moves from dirt to turf for the Jersey Village, something he also did when he won the $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame for statebreds at Retama in September. Rare Cure last raced on Jan. 8 at Fair Grounds, finishing fourth in an allowance that carried an optional claiming price of $80,000. Quincy Hamilton has the mount for trainer Joe Petalino.

Desert Darby was fourth in open allowance company at Sunland Park in his last start. The runner-up in that race, Skip and Go, returned to win a stakes in his next start. Larry Taylor has the mount on Desert Darby for trainer Steve Asmussen.