11/21/2009 12:00AM

Greeley's Conquest getting a break


Greeley's Conquest has closed out another solid season sprinting in stakes around the Midwest and is expected to return to action in the later stages of the Oaklawn Park meet that opens Jan. 15.

The 5-year-old is closing in on $500,000 in career earnings after a 2009 that included a win in the $200,000 Remington Park Sprint Championship and a runner-up finish in the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn.

"He's getting a little R and R," said Gary Thomas, who trains Greeley's Conquest for Millard Seldin. "There's not much for him. The first of the year we'll get him cranked up."

Thomas said Greeley's Conquest could make some of the later sprint stakes at Oaklawn, which will race through April 10. The horse made his last start Nov. 6 and finished fifth in the Grade 3 Ack Ack Handicap at Churchill Downs. To date, he has earned $448,763.

Golden Yank, a two-turn stakes winner for Seldin, also is getting some downtime right now and will resume training in January, Thomas said.

As for young talent, Seldin and Thomas have the 2-year-old Kitty's Turn on deck for the $200,000 Springboard Mile at Remington on Dec. 13. He will enter the race off a runner-up finish to multiple stakes winner Man Chester Man in a seven-furlong allowance at Remington on Nov. 16.

"He just keeps improving," Thomas said of Kitty's Turn, "and he's got a good attitude."

One start prior to the allowance, Kitty's Turn won a two-turn maiden special weight at Remington on Sept. 27. He is a son of Langfuhr.

Man Chester Man, who has won four stakes so far this year, was one of 10 colts pre-entered Friday in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs. The race is Dec. 4.

Asmussen eyes Springboard

Steve Asmussen, who leads the trainer standings at Remington, said his stable could have a couple of starters in the Springboard. Buggs Pride, Holiday Buzz, and Pegasus Prancer are among the 2-year-olds he intends to nominate to the race, which received a $75,000 purse boost for 2009.

Holiday Buzz won his maiden at 1 1/16 miles at Hawthorne in October and then came back and finished second by a neck in a first-level allowance at Churchill Downs in his most recent start Nov. 1. He is a half-brother to two-time stakes winner Holiday Runner.

Pegasus Prancer, a son of Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus, won his maiden at six furlongs at Arlington in September. Buggs Pride was a clear maiden winner at two turns at Remington in his last start Nov. 6.

Texas plans for Lydia's Last Step

Lydia's Last Step, who last month upset the $60,000 Governor's Cup at Zia Park at 59-1, has shipped to Texas in order to run in a statebred stakes, trainer Todd Fincher said. The horse is being pointed to the $50,000 Groovy for 2-year-olds bred in Texas at Sam Houston Race Park on Dec. 5.

Fincher said Lydia's Last Step was sent to trainer Danny Pish, who has managed the horse for his previous races in Texas. Fincher has trained Lydia's Last Step while he has been based in New Mexico. The horse, who races for his breeder, Rose Chandler, defeated a number of stakes winners in the Governor's Cup.

"He ran a great race, finished really strong," Fincher said.

Fincher said following the Groovy that the plan is for Lydia's Last Step to ship back to New Mexico for the $100,000 Riley Allison Futurity at Sunland Park on Dec. 29.

* Going Ballistic, a millionaire who in his last start was third in the Grade 2 Hawthorne Gold Cup, has been working at Remington in preparation for the $200,000 Zia Park Distance Championship on Dec. 6.

* Lone Star Park, which is conducting a meet for Quarter Horses, canceled its final four races Friday night due to inclement weather. The track experienced heavy rains, and officials called off the remainder of the card for the safety of riders and horses.