08/14/2008 11:00PM

Greeley's Conquest leaning toward Zia


Greeley's Conquest is emerging as one of the Southwest region's top sprinters. His ascent started at Louisiana Downs in June, when he won the $50,000 Temperence Hill with a late rush, at a surprising 22-1.

Greeley's Conquest then traveled to Iowa for his next start, and won the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint by 4 1/4 lengths. It was a powerful performance for the horse, who covered six furlongs in a blazing 1:08.20 to earn a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 102.

"I think he'd beat about anybody the other night," said Gary Thomas, who trains Greeley's Conquest for Millard R. Seldin Revocable Trust.

Thomas said his camp is debating the next move with Greeley's Conquest, who is based at Remington Park in Oklahoma City. They are thinking of heading west, to Zia Park in Hobbs, N.M., for the $150,000 Premier Breeders' Cup on Sept. 14. He said there are also options at Del Mar.

"We're going to either go to Zia, or maybe an outside possibility of the Pat O'Brien," said Thomas.

The Grade 2, $300,000 Pat O'Brien Breeders' Cup Handicap at seven furlongs will be run on Aug. 24.

Date requests submitted

Louisiana Downs and Remington Park have submitted their date requests for 2009 to their respective state racing commissions. Louisiana Downs asked for an 83-date meet for Thoroughbreds next year, from May 15 to Oct. 4. The dates are similar to the current meet, said Mark Midland, vice president of racing operations at Louisiana Downs. He said the track also asked the Louisiana Racing Commission for a 40-date meet for Quarter Horses, from Jan. 10 through March 17.

Remington Park's date request to the Oklahoma Racing Commission also mirrors this year's Thoroughbred season. The track has asked for 67-date meet from Aug. 21 through Dec. 13 in 2009. The track is also seeking a 50-date meet for Quarter Horses from March 6 through May 31. Remington opens this year's Thoroughbred meet on Thursday.

Texas established its dates calendar earlier this month, and for 2009 there is a bit of a twist. There are two small, yet-to-be-constructed tracks in south Texas that were granted dates for the first time during a recent meeting of the Texas Racing Commission.

Laredo Downs, in Laredo, was granted six dates of mixed racing for Thoroughbreds and Quarter Horses from Dec. 4-13. Valle de los Tesoros, in McAllen, was also awarded six days of mixed racing, from Dec. 19-28.

Search for new racing secretary

Doug Bredar, the Louisiana Downs racing secretary who this week was named to the same position at Gulfstream Park in Florida, will be leaving Louisiana after the close of the current meet in October. Louisiana Downs plans to have a new racing secretary in place before the start of its Quarter Horse meet in January.

"Doug's committed to finishing the 2008 meet," said Midland. "We'll begin a search for a year-round racing secretary immediately.

"Doug did a tremendous job for us. He's going to be missed."

Bredar joined Louisiana Downs in 2007, and Midland said field size rose from 8.3 to 8.8 starters per race in his first year with the track. He said the number increased again this year under Bredar, to the current 9.2.

"I think that's a very impressive mark for any racing secretary, especially in this day and age when there's a lot of racing competition for horse flesh," said Midland.

78 consigned to yearling sale

The Carter Sales Co. has consigned 78 horses to its second annual Oklahoma City summer Thoroughbred yearling sale. It will be held at the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds Sale Arena on Aug.o23. The sale begins at 11 a.m.

There are a strong assortment of stallions represented by offspring in the young sale, among them Alphabet Soup, Cactus Ridge, Champali, Congaree, Cuvee, El Corredor, Hold That Tiger, Najran, Tactical Cat and The Cliff's Edge.

Consignors include Diamond G Ranch, Mighty Acres, Red Earth Training Center, and Richland Farm.

During the inaugural sale last year, a Harlan's Holiday filly topped the sale for $50,000.

* Louisiana Downs announced that 47 horses have been nominated to the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby, a 1 1/8-mile race to be run on Sept. 20. Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown, who is scheduled to make his next start on turf, is among those that have been made eligible to the Super Derby.

Others nominated to the race include Belmont Stakes winner Da' Tara and Santa Anita Derby winner Colonel John. Late nominations to the Super Derby close Sept. 6. The race will be supported by five stakes, including the $150,000 Tiznow Handicap, which is a Win and You're In race for the Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile.