07/24/2009 11:00PM

Jonesboro staying in Midwest

Jack Coady/Coady Photography
Jonesboro is being pointed to a start in the Governor's Cup at Remington.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - After taking a long look at running Jonesboro in either New York or California following his career effort in last month's Grade 2 Cornhusker, his connections said Friday they are leaning toward a fall campaign in the Midwest.

Jonesboro could run next in the $150,000 Governor's Cup at Remington Park on Sept. 7, then point to the Grade 2, $500,000 Hawthorne Gold Cup Handicap at Hawthorne on Oct. 3.

"That's not 100 percent, but that's what we're looking at," said Randy Morse, who trains Jonesboro for Michael Langford.

Jonesboro is scheduled to have his first work since the Cornhusker on Sunday, an easy half-mile at his Lone Star Park base. He is to ship to Remington on Tuesday, Morse said. Last fall he won the $75,000 Sprint Championship there. Morse said the timing of the Governor's Cup is a good fit for Jonesboro, who for much of the past month has been in light training at Lone Star.

"He's doing super," Morse said. "It's kind of hard to make yourself wait to run him. He wants to run right now. But this is the route we've always taken with him in the hot months to kind of freshen him up."

Jonesboro became a millionaire in April with his win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile. He then finished second by a head to It's a Bird in the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap in May before proceeding to win the Cornhusker at Prairie Meadows by 1 3/4 lengths on June 27. He earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 109.

Cash Asmussen, champion trainer

Cash is king in Kansas - that would be Cash Asmussen. A former champion jockey in France, Asmussen began training in December and picked up his first training title at the Anthony Downs meet that closed last week. Asmussen's runners went 10 for 16 at the track, with one of those wins coming with the Quarter Horse Rump Shakin.

Asmussen initially ventured to Anthony to run the Kansas-bred Man Chester Man in a restricted stakes. But races for some of his other horses were appealing, he said, and as an added benefit there was additional purse money paid out at the meet from the shuttered Woodlands.

"Things came together," Asmussen said. "We had fun."

The meet, which is a six-hour drive from Lone Star, also was a chance to be with family. Asmussen said his uncle, Zack Collins, who rode at Anthony in the 1950s, helped him during the meet. Asmussen's wife, Cheryl, ponied horses to post for the stable, and his oldest daughter, Catherine, 16, got her first license as an exercise rider.

Man Chester Man won both the $20,000 Anthony Fair Futurity and the $22,000 Roadrunner Stakes, both under regular rider Don Pettinger. The horse has now won three stakes in four starts and will be considered for the $50,000 Clever Trevor at Remington on Aug. 23, Asmussen said.

Following the close of the Lone Star meet, Asmussen plans to race at Louisiana Downs and Evangeline Downs. This fall he also will be active at Delta Downs, Remington, and Retama.

Retama, Sam Houston date requests

Retama Park near San Antonio has asked the Texas Racing Commission for a 30-date Thoroughbred meet for 2010, running from Aug. 27 to Nov. 6. The request could be considered at the panel's meeting next month. Retama opens its upcoming 32-night meet on Aug. 28.

Sam Houston in Houston has asked for 45 days of Thoroughbred racing from Jan. 1 to April 3, 2010, in what will be a continuation of the track's annual winter-spring meet that opens in late November.

Schedule change at Remington

Remington has announced plans to race on a Friday-Monday schedule during its meet that opens Aug. 21, with the first Monday card scheduled for Aug. 31. The track had previously raced Thursday-Sunday.

"The change was made in order to attract more play on Remington Park's racing on a national scale," said Scott Wells, president of Remington.

The meet will run through Dec. 14.

* Lone Star will move to a 72-hour entry schedule for next year's Thoroughbred meet. The track has traditionally been on a 48-hour draw. Lone Star closes its Thoroughbred meet Sunday.