01/02/2009 1:00AM

Kick On eyes Oaklawn stakes


Kick On, one of the most accomplished young horses in the Southwest with two route stakes wins to his credit, could make his 3-year-old debut in February at Oaklawn, trainer Joe Petalino said. He said the horse is being considered for the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest Stakes at a mile on Feb. 16.

Petalino likes the timing of the race for Kick On, who in his last start was sixth in the Grade 3, $750,000 Delta Jackpot at Delta Downs on Dec. 5. Before that race, he won the $150,000 Jean Lafitte at a mile at Delta Downs in November and the $125,000 MEC Mile at Remington Park in October.

"I really don't know what I'm going to do with him just yet," Petalino said. "I haven't made up my mind. I might go toward Oaklawn with him.

"The Southwest would give me some more time to kind of let him grow up, let him get a little stronger."

Petalino freshened Kick On following the Jackpot and now has the horse in light training at Lone Star Park. Kick On won his maiden, an allowance, and the MEC at Remington before his stakes starts at Delta. He is a son of Wiseman's Ferry and is owned by Baccari Racing.

Titranium, another promising 3-year-old for Petalino, is being considered for the $50,000 Dixieland Stakes at 5 1/2 furlongs at Oaklawn on Jan. 16. An impressive debut winner this fall at Remington, the horse was third in the MEC Mile.

Song of Navarone probable for stakes

Song of Navarone could make his first start at Sunland Park since his win in the 2007 WinStar Derby next Saturday in the $50,000 Winsham Lad Handicap. He is probable for a start in the one-mile stakes, trainer Henry Dominguez said.

Song of Navarone last raced Dec. 7, winning the $200,000 Distance Championship at 1 1/8 miles at Zia Park. For the race, he removed blinkers and closed from next to last for a three-length score over One Lucky Buck. Song of Navarone pressed the pace when he won the $600,000 WinStar Derby.

"We did a little equipment change and trained him a little different," Dominguez said of the Distance Championship.

"The horse is doing well. More than likely, we'll run in the Winsham Lad."

Song of Navarone's 3-year-old season was interrupted several months after the WinStar with a stomach virus. He made his comeback last October, winning an allowance at Zia.

Proud Tower Too on deck at Sunland

Proud Tower Too, another top older horse based at Sunland, is humming right along in preparation for his first start since February 2007. He worked six furlongs from the gate in 1:13.80 on Dec. 26 and is ready to run, trainer Sal Gonzalez said.

In fact, Gonzalez said he entered Proud Tower Too in a recent race but it did not fill and he is now awaiting the next opportunity for the horse. Proud Tower Too, who won the $2 million Golden Shaheen in Dubai in 2006, has not raced since 2007 due to a tendon injury. He was sidelined after finishing second by a neck in the Grade 2 San Carlos at Santa Anita.

Gonzalez said if things go well with the horse, he would like to see Proud Tower Too return to Dubai in March for this year's Golden Shaheen.

Lefty Who perfect for Marr

Joel Marr, who trains the undefeated and not yet officially retired Peppers Pride, has another horse on a significant win streak in his barn. Lefty Who picked up his fifth win in as many starts Dec. 27, when he overcame trouble to win the $125,000 Red Hedeman Mile at Sunland.

"He tries hard," Marr said.

Marr said Lefty Who is now being pointed for the $125,000 Pepsi Cola Handicap for New Mexico-bred 3-year-olds on Jan. 24. The six-furlong race will be run at Sunland. Lefty Who races for Sam Stevens, while Peppers Pride, who is 19 for 19, is owned by Joe Allen.

The Red Hedeman was the fourth career stakes win for Lefty Who, who has earned $303,824.

* A hearing concerning a positive caffeine test on Quarter Horse runner Stolis Winner following his All-American Futurity victory at Ruidoso has been rescheduled for next Thursday, according to an official with the New Mexico Racing Commission.