05/16/2002 11:00PM

Lights on Broadway good enough for Lone Star Handicap


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The most conservative path trainer C.W. "Bubba" Cascio could take with Lights on Broadway would be to start him against fellow Texas-breds in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Stakes at Lone Star Park on May 27.

But Lights on Broadway, a gelding, is doing so well Cascio is contemplating running him in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap the same day. Both races are part of a seven-stakes card called Lone Star Million Day.

In his most recent race, Lights on Broadway was a half-length winner of the $50,000 Premiere Stakes at Lone Star on April 4. The one-mile race was his first since winning the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes by more than seven lengths Dec. 1.

"He's sharp," said Cascio, "and he's had enough time between races now that he won't bounce or anything. We don't have any excuse."

Cascio said if the field for the Lone Star Park Handicap is similar to the one that was assembled last month for the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile, he would be inclined to go in the race. Lights on Broadway is a career winner of nine races and $371,895.

Cascio's other top horse in training, Rumbleinthejungle, is being pointed for the $175,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star on June 29. In his last start, the colt was an 11 3/4-length winner of the $56,700 Manor Downs Futurity.

Stall mulls Stonerside

Lone Star has expanded its offering for 3-year-old fillies this year with the new $150,000 Stonerside Stakes, and the timing could not be better for trainer Al Stall Jr.

Stall has two unbeaten 3-year-old fillies on his hands, Tricky Indy and Savorthetime, and is considering running one of them in the seven-furlong Stonerside, which will be held Saturday.

Tricky Indy, a half-sister to Grade 2 Swale Stakes winner Confide, by A.P. Indy, won her debut by 12 1/2 lengths in March at Fair Grounds and earned a 97 Beyer Speed Figure. She returned in her next start to beat entry-level allowance foes by 6 3/4 lengths at Churchill Downs on May 4.

"She's as fancy as they get," said Stall, who trains Tricky Indy for B.W. Hughes. "She's got the pedigree - the whole nine yards."

Stall is also excited about Savorthetime, who won her maiden at Lone Star by 7 3/4 lengths in April, earning an 88 Beyer Speed Figure. She returned five weeks later to beat winners at Lone Star by 2 3/4 lengths. Savorthetime is a daughter of Gilded Time.

"She's a very athletic type of horse and has an efficient way of moving," said Stall.

- Stall, who is winning with 36 percent of his starters this meet, will send out Dance Memories in the featured eighth race Sunday, a 1 1/16-mile optional claimer on turf for fillies and mares that drew a well-matched group, including stakes winners Bien Nicole, Wild Squaw, and Company Storm.

- Joe Hirsch, executive columnist for Daily Racing Form, will be the guest of honor at the National Thoroughbred Racing Association All-Star Jockey Championship at Lone Star on June 21.

- The Texas Thoroughbred Association has withdrawn its membership from the Texas Racing Agri-Industry Council.