05/25/2004 11:00PM

Hukill has two live ones


BOSSIER CITY, La. - In these days of complex conditioned optional claiming races, Friday's straight nonwinners-of-four allowance feature at Louisiana Downs is a little refreshing. The 7 1/2-furlong race on the turf drew a field of 10, including an entry.

Time to Dyne and Excessive Behavior, each owned by Two Bear Stable and trained by Charles Hukill, pack a solid one-two punch. Both are coming off a good effort over the Lone Star turf, with Time to Dyne having finished less than a length behind the stakes winner Waupaca, one of the expected favorites for Monday's Barksdale Handicap here.

Excessive Behavior returns to a turf course where he has never finished worse than second in four attempts. Kirk LeBlanc was named on both halves of the entry.

Foxtrot Oscar, a stakes winner on the main track at Sam Houston earlier this year, is looking to improve off a close third-place finish in his grass debut two weeks ago on opening day. Trained by Bill Welsh Jr., the 3-year-old Foxtrot Oscar will be facing older foes on Friday but turned in a gutsy performance against older at Oaklawn in March, just missing against a quality money allowance group. Jeffrey Burningham has the call.

Crowned King back quickly

The lineup for the Barksdale, slated for 1 1/16 miles on the grass, grew by one Wednesday morning when trainer Billy McKeever said his stable star Crowned King will make a quick return to the races after finishing a closing second to Grade 3 winner Pie N Burger in a money allowance race on the dirt last Sunday.

"He came out of the race great," McKeever said. "I think because he was so fresh, the race did not take much out of him at all. We are going to pony him [Thursday], enter him Friday, and gallop on Saturday. If all looks good, we are going."

Crowned King is as effective on the turf as he is on the main track. A stakes winner on the Lone Star turf last year as a 3-year-old, he also won the Bossier City Handicap on the turf here last summer before his third-place finish in the $500,000 Super Derby to Ten Most Wanted on the dirt.

In addition to Crowned King and Waupaca, Storybook Kid is also expected to run in the Barksdale. Storybook Kid won the Independence Handicap on turf here last July 4 and has been freshened since his last start at Fair Grounds in March.