08/22/2007 12:00AM

Lady Blue Sky takes trainer for ride


Racetrackers get around, but Don Roberson gets around more than most. He estimates he has competed at some 60 tracks during a training career that began in 1978. These days, Lady Blue Sky keeps him on the move. She won her 10th straight race in a starter allowance last Friday night at Remington Park.

"I never thought too much about winning 10 in a row," said Roberson, 65. "We just took her where we thought she could win, and it turned out that way."

Lady Blue Sky, who is owned by Roberson and his wife, Windy, has competed at eight tracks during her streak, which began with a

3 1/2-length win in the $40,000 Richmond Stakes for Indiana-bred fillies and mares at Hoosier Park on Oct. 6.

Roberson said Lady Blue Sky is scheduled to defend her title in the 1 1/16-mile race. This year's Richmond, worth $45,000, is scheduled for Oct. 5. Roberson said the race will probably be the next start for Lady Blue Sky, who is one of eight horses he has in training at Remington.

Roberson is racing at Remington for the first time. He said he has been thinking about buying a home in Oklahoma City for several years.

Roberson said he's won races at 55 tracks, including bush tracks. "It's just going where you can win," he said.

Lady Blue Sky, 5, has won races throughout the Midwest. She came into the Remington meet off back-to-back wins at Prairie Meadows. Earlier this year, she won at Fair Grounds, Delta Downs, and Evangeline Downs. Lady Blue Sky has also knocked off wins at Charles Town and Indiana Downs, and is tied with Ice Fantasy as the second winningest horse in North America in 2007 with eight wins. Princess Composer won her ninth race of the year Saturday at River Downs.

Roberson said he purchased Lady Blue Sky as a 3-year-old at Calder Race Course for $1,500. He lost her for a $12,500 claiming tag in July 2005, then claimed her back when she turned up for $5,000 at Mountaineer in June 2006.

Other horses he has at Remington include Alba Dabas Secret, who won the $100,000 Green Oaks at Delta in March and the $50,000 Hallowed Dreams at Evangeline in April. In her most recent start, Alba Dabas Secret was fifth in the $50,000 Ponca City at Remington. Roberson said he has nominated her to the $50,000 Sylvia Bishop Memorial for West Virginia-breds at Charles Town on Aug. 31.

Lone Star: Auction of 417 yearlings

Valid Expectations, a perennial leading sire in Texas, will be well-represented in the Fasig-Tipton Texas summer yearling sale at Lone Star Park on Monday and Tuesday. In all, 417 yearlings have been consigned to the annual auction, which will begin each day at 10 a.m. No stallion will have more yearlings on offer than Valid Expectations.

"Valid Expectations is obviously a hot item in the Southwest, both in the sales ring and on the racetrack, and there are no less than 27 of his offspring in the catalog," said Tim Boyce, director of sales for Fasig-Tipton Texas. "But we also have cataloged many yearlings by stallions with strong national appeal.

"First-crop sires such as Chapel Royal, Even the Score, Peace Rules, and Tapit were very popular at our Kentucky summer sale. We also have yearlings by all three of the current leading freshman sires - Posse, Harlan's Holiday, and Van Nistelrooy."

The parade of Valid Expectations yearlings begins with Hip No. 42, a colt who is a full brother to the multiple-stakes-placed Iron Expectations.

Another stallion of note represented in the sale is Street Cry, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense. He has a colt, Clever Cry, who is a half-brother to

Grade 1 winner Nothing to Lose. Clever Cry was foaled in Louisiana.

Also in the sale are offspring of Broken Vow, Golden Missile, Holy Bull, and Tiznow.

Oaklawn: Price takes tournament

Bobby Price of Roland, Ark., beat out 153 horseplayers to win Oaklawn Park's qualifying tournament last Saturday and Sunday for the Daily Racing Form/National Thoroughbred Racing Association National Handicapping Championship. Price earned a berth into the championship, which will be held in Las Vegas in January. He also earned a first-place check of $10,000.

Price amassed a bankroll of $336. Colleen Flaherty, a Florida resident who made a late bid for the lead with a $2 win and place bet on Student Council ($48.80) in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic, finished second with $322.40. Francis Boustany of Louisiana finished third with a bankroll of $294.10. Flaherty and Boustany are also headed to Las Vegas.

Oklahoma: Topper sells for $50,000

A filly by Harlan's Holiday topped the inaugural Oklahoma City summer Thoroughbred yearling sale on Saturday, when she brought a bid of $50,000 from Richard Eldo Staerkel. She was consigned by Celestial Acres. The filly is out of the multiple-stakes-placed mare Culver City. All told, 40 yearlings sold for an average of $8,360.