06/11/2007 11:00PM

Kinetic Motion may go west


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Kinetic Motion could be California-bound. A troubled second in the $95,130 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity last Saturday at Lone Star Park, he is being considered for the Grade 3, $100,000 Hollywood Juvenile Championship at Hollywood Park on July 4, said his trainer, Allen Milligan.

"We'll sit down and try to map out a plan," said Milligan, who trains Kinetic Motion for Poindexter Thoroughbreds. "He's nominated for the Hollywood [Juvenile], and he's nominated to the Del Mar Futurity. We'll just try to give him a couple of weeks and map out a plan for him."

Kinetic Motion was an impressive debut winner at Lone Star on Mayo25, when he set a quick pace and drew clear by 3 3/4 lengths in a five-furlong trial race for the Sales Futurity. He set the fastest qualifying time, and was favored Saturday. In the finale, Kinetic Motion lost a good deal of ground when he veered out at the start, then raced four wide around the turn. He finished second by 3 3/4 lengths to winner Namesake.

Kinetic Motion is a Kentucky-bred son of Hussonet. His dam, Hushi, has produced the 2-year-old stakes winner Positive Prize. Kinetic Motion would ship to California early if his connections commit to the Hollywood Juvenile.

"If we go, I'd like to go a couple of weeks before and train over that Polytrack a little," said Milligan, who is based at Lone Star.

As for the Del Mar Futurity, the Grade 1, $250,000 race for 2-year-olds is to be run at Del Mar on Sept. 5.

Theriot gets money in Texas

Jockey Jamie Theriot was scheduled to ride in a stakes at Belmont Park on Saturday, but when the connections of his mount decided to pass on the Grade 1 Manhattan, he ended up with a winning hand in Texas. Theriot was aboard Namesake on Saturday when the colt won his maiden in the Sales Futurity. The rider came in from Kentucky for the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

"I was supposed to go to Belmont and ride a very good horse, but he didn't go," Theriot said of graded stakes winner Ascertain.

In the interim, Theriot received a call about riding Namesake.

"I rode the horse at Churchill Downs, and I thought a lot of him when I rode him," said Theriot. "I saw in the trials he didn't leave [the gate] to his best ability, and I figured if I could get him away from the gate early, he had a big chance."

Namesake broke like a shot in the Sales Futurity, and was prominent throughout to earn a career-best Beyer Figure of 82.

"He left there really running," said Theriot. "When I called on him down the lane, he was there for me."

Namesake's victory came in his third career start, following a third-place finish in a maiden special weight race at Churchill on May 12, and a third-place finish to Kinetic Motion during the trial race May 25.

Namesake is a son of Valid Expectations and races for Will Farish.

Brego strong favorite in feature

Brego, who finished a close sixth in the Grade 3, $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup here May 28, will return to the overnight ranks Thursday night in the featured eighth race, a $35,000 optional claimer at a mile on turf. He will be a short price, based on his effort last time and in the race before, when he was second to multiple stakes winner Waupaca in an allowance prep for the Dallas Turf Cup.

"It's a good spot for him," said Bruce Jackson, who trains Brego. "It's just it's a little quick back."

Brego has worked well since his last start, drilling three furlongs in 36.40 seconds here June 8. There appears to be little speed in the race Thursday. As a result, Brego could be close to the pace under regular rider Eguard Tejera.

"He's versatile enough," said Jackson.

Also on the card Thursday night, the 3-year-old Natural Speed will be favored to win his third straight race in the fourth, a second-level allowance at six furlongs. The sixth race, a second-level allowance for fillies and mares at 7 1/2 furlongs on turf, is led by Lady Cosmo.