05/24/2004 11:00PM

Kela gets green light for Texas trip

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Mike Mitchell has committed Kela to Monday's Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap after learning the horse will not be subject to quarantine as the result of three cases of vesicular stomatitis found last week in Texas.

Kela is based in California, which requires horses shipping to Texas return home with a health certificate declaring the animal has no symptoms of vesicular stomatitis. Mitchell said that paperwork would be able to be completed before Kela's return flight to California on Tuesday.

"We're on our way," said Mitchell. "He's leaving Saturday."

Vesicular stomatitis is a viral condition that causes blisters on the mouth, teats, and feet of infected animals. It was found in three horses on a small farm about 500 miles southwest of Lone Star last Wednesday.

Each state has different rules about animals shipping from Texas. Kentucky, for instance, will not at this time receive horses from Texas.

Kela worked six furlongs in 1:13 at Hollywood Park on Tuesday in his final major prep for the Lone Star Park Handicap. He should go favored in the race on the heels of a dominating win, worth a 114 Beyer Speed Figure, in last month's Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile.

The Lone Star Park Handicap, to be run over 1 1/16 miles, tops a program of seven stakes worth $1 million on Monday. The annual card is called Lone Star Million Day.

Kela will attempt to become the second horse to pull the Texas Mile-Lone Star Park Handicap double. The first was Dixie Dot Com, who swept both major races in 2001.

A field of eight is probable for the Lone Star Park Handicap, according to Jeanette Hughes, assistant racing secretary at Lone Star. Top rivals to Kela include Saint Buddy, third-place finisher in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap; the Todd Pletcher-trained Newfoundland, who has won four of his last six starts; and Sonic West, winner of the Grade 3 Razorback Handicap.

Other probables are Agrivating General, Dusty Spike, Maysville Slew, and Yessirgeneralsir.

Possibles include Pie N Burger, the race's defending champ; Supah Blitz, runner-up in the Texas Mile; and Kodema, Majestic Thief, Taste of Paradise, and Wishingitwas.

Bedanken among locals in WinStar

Horses based at Lone Star have won five of the past seven runnings of the WinStar Distaff, and they have a good chance to bolster that statistic on Monday. Bedanken, an eight-time stakes winner, and Janeian, who came close to setting a course record when she won the $75,000 Irving Distaff in April, are both based here and are both probable for the WinStar, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares worth $200,000.

Katdogawn, trained in Southern California by Jim Cassidy, will ship Saturday for the WinStar Distaff.

Others expected for the Grade 3 WinStar are Cat's Cat, Cherylville Slew, Due to Win Again, Formal Miss, Fudge Fatale, Mexican Moonlight, Super High, and Titia.

The past local winners of the Distaff include last year's winner, Eagle Lake. The others are Voladora, Heritage of Gold, Arctica, and Fresa.

Cryptograph represents Pin Oak

Cryptograph, who is owned by Pin Oak Stable, runs Monday in the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes. There were nine early probables for the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds as of Sunday.

Cryptograph comes off an impressive win last out in the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge. The race was moved to a sloppy main track, and he closed from next to last for a 1 1/4-length win. Donnie Von Hemel trains Cryptograph, who has won 3 of his 4 starts in 2004.

Others probable for the race are Caiman, who has won allowance races in his last two starts, Kingdom Come, No Place Like It, Oncearoundtwice, Rollicking Caller, Silent Picture, Terroplane, and Unrivalled.

Other major stakes on Lone Star Million Day include the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint, which is expected to draw King Robyn, a winner of 6 of 8 starts on turf, and the $100,000 Valid Expectations, a sprint for fillies and mares. The top contenders in that race include Savorthetime, an impressive allowance winner at Lone Star.

'Boots' to come back in Carter

Boots on Sunday, a top Texas-bred sprinter who has not raced since August 2002 because of a tendon injury, is expected to make his comeback in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes. The six-furlong race is one of two Texas-bred stakes on Lone Star Million Day.

The other is the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial. That race is for 3-year-olds, and it will be led by The Frac.

- additional reporting by Brad Free