05/28/2004 11:00PM

Katdogawn will be charging in stretch


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - is a strong closer, and there appears to be more than enough speed to fuel her late run Monday in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff at Lone Star Park.

The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares is one of seven stakes worth a total of $1 million Monday at Lone Star. Other races of note on the program include the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, led by Kela, and the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes.

Katdogawn is the 120-pound highweight in the WinStar, which drew a full field of 12 fillies and mares, including Bedanken, who is considered one of the best turf mares in the Midwest.

Katdogawn is one of the top turf fillies in Southern California. Last year she won two Grade 2 turf races there, and, two races back, was placed first in the Grade 2 Santa Ana Handicap following the disqualification of Megahertz for interference. Katdogawn finished second, a length behind Megahertz, after being blocked in the race, which was run March 27.

Katdogawn has used either stalking or closing tactics in her races, putting together a record of 6 wins from 18 starts and earnings of $452,863.

"Her best quality is she runs every time," said Jim Cassidy, who trains Katdogawn. "She's got a great kick home."

E.J. Perrodin has the mount on Katdogawn, who arrived with seven other horses from Southern California on Saturday.

Bedanken has won 9 of 13 starts, with her last three wins coming in turf stakes at Fair Grounds. Don Pettinger has the mount on Bedanken for Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.

Also in the WinStar is Janeian, who remained unbeaten in three starts over the Lone Star turf when she just missed setting a course record in the $75,000 Irving Distaff. Janeian covered 7 1/2 furlongs in 1:28.20. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount for trainer Bret Calhoun.

More ground for Unrivalled

will get the additional real estate he craves in the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes. A 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds, the Pin Oak Stud USA has a competitive field of 11 that also includes Kingdom Come, Cryptograph, and Oncearoundtwice.

Unrivalled won the $77,000 Pasadena at one mile in his first North American start in March at Santa Anita, and was fourth last out going a mile in a two-other-than allowance at Hollywood Park May 5.

"Last time he didn't have enough ground," said Cassidy, who trains Unrivalled. "I think he wants more ground. I think he'll run about a mile and a quarter, this colt."

Perrodin has the mount on Unrivalled, who started his career in his native England.

Pace could favor Savorthetime

Savorthetime, who came close to setting a track record when she won an allowance race last out, could get a perfect stalking trip behind Southern California invader Pocketfullofpesos in the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes. Others in the six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares include Clear in the West, a half-sister to WinStar starter Bedanken, and stakes winners Fuse It, Big Score, and Fleeta Dif.

Savorthetime won a six-furlong allowance in 1:08.20 in her last start, which came April 22 at Lone Star.

"She ran great and looks like she's in the same condition as the other day," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Savorthetime and has given the mount to Shane Sellers.

Firm turf would suit Mighty Beau

Mighty Beau, who powered through some fast fractions over "good" turf last out, will benefit if the footing is firm in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint. Others in the five-furlong race include That Tat, who won the race last year, and More Crafty, an impressive allowance winner last month at Lone Star.

Mighty Beau could go favored on the strength of his last start, when he finished second by a length in the Grade 3 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on April 30. He set a quick pace over a laboring course and was overtaken in the late

stages by Lydgate. Last year, Mighty Beau's best races came over firm turf, among them a three-length allowance win for which he earned a 109 Beyer Speed Figure. Sellers has the mount for Asmussen.

* The Frac, who has gotten better with each of his three career starts, will step into stakes company for the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial, a 6 1/2-furlong race that is restricted to 3-year-olds bred in Texas. The Frac has won his last two races with speed to spare, taking an entry-level allowance last time by six lengths. The Frac covered the six furlongs in 1:09.20. Sellers has the mount for Asmussen.

* Front Nine and Lights on Broadway will meet in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial, a six-furlong race for Texas-breds. Others in the field include stakes winners Term Sheet and Won C C. Boots on Sunday, who was expected to make his comeback in the race, was pulled from consideration Saturday.