07/07/2003 12:00AM

Hot trainers Keen, Bruner each wins stakes


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Dallas Keen and Jack Bruner have been two of the highest-percentage trainers over the last month at Lone Star Park, and this weekend they both won a stakes here with their respective charges, Petionville Indeed and Kool Humor.

Petionville Indeed could be headed to Ellis Park for the $75,000 Audubon Oaks on Aug. 2 following her four-length win at 22-1 in the $100,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks on Friday night. She will also be considered for a stakes at Del Mar.

"I think she's got a lot of untapped talent," said Keen, who trains Petionville Indeed for Everest Stable.

Keen has won with 11 of his last 23 starters and will be based at Ellis this summer. He is tied for fourth in the standings with 18 wins this meet.

Bruner, who is hitting at a 37 percent win rate since taking over as private trainer for Tom Durant, won the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup on Saturday with Kool Humor. He said the colt will be considered for the $50,000 Prelude Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 30.

That race is a prep for the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby there Sept. 20.

Kool Humor has won his last two starts, both at Lone Star. One start before the Alysheba, he romped by more than six lengths in an entry-level allowance. After the Lone Star meet, Bruner will be based at Retama Park.

Sprinting suits Classic Case

Trainer Bubba Cascio has taken a new approach with Classic Case since he claimed the colt on behalf of Blackjack Thoroughbreds for $25,000 on May 15.

In his first start for his new connections, Classic Case, who has spent the bulk of his career routing on turf, cut back to one turn on dirt and finished second in a June 1 optional claimer that is tied for the fastest six-furlong race of the meet. Classic Case finished 2 3/4 lengths behind the winner, Privano's First, who ran the distance in 1:08.60.

Classic Case earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 98, and that rating, along with the fact that he shakes Privano's First, make him look imposing in the featured eighth race Wednesday night at Lone Star. A $40,000 optional claimer, the race will be run over 6 1/2 six furlongs. Cliff Berry has the mount on Classic Case.

Classic Case won his maiden sprinting on dirt in 2001, but he also has won around two turns and on turf, having won a minor stakes under those conditions at Tampa Bay Downs. He is by Gold Case, while his dam, Honolulu Gold, was a stakes winner of more than $200,000.

Stakes double closes meet Sunday

The $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup for 2-year-olds at six furlongs, and the $60,000 Bob Johnson Memorial for 3-year-olds and up at a mile, will be the closing-day stakes Sunday at Lone Star.

Also, on Saturday, the track will run the $75,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup for 2-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

Beau's County and Lorenzo, a pair of impressive debut winners, are expected for the Middleground, which will be shown on espn2 as part of a series of programs leading up to the World Thoroughbred Championships.

The Middleground has produced a Breeders' Cup starter: Answer Lively, who won the Breeders' Cup Juvenile in 1998, finished fifth in the second running of the Middleground.

- The most contested race in the standings this week should be that of leading rider. Going into the races Wednesday night, defending champ Corey Lanerie had a one-win advantage - 80 to 79 - over Eddie Martin Jr., who rode out of town Sunday.

- Lone Star, which expanded its annual fireworks program from one night to two for the first time this meet, set a two-day attendance record Thursday and Friday.

The track drew 20,138 for fireworks and a concert Thursday, and another 26,318 for the same on Friday, bringing the two-day total to 46,456. The record surpassed the two-day mark of 42,318 set on July 3-4, 2000.