04/27/2011 2:51PM

Lone Star: Sheer Beauty proves quick on turf and dirt

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Barbara D. Livingston
Sheer Beauty could run next in Lone Star’s Grade 3 Ouija Board Distaff.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas – Sheer Beauty was a talented filly last year at 3, among her efforts a close third-place finish in the Grade 2 Fair Grounds Oaks. At 4, she has stepped up her game. Sheer Beauty dominated last weekend’s $50,000 Irving Distaff at Lone Star Park in a quick time, one start after coming close to equaling a track record at Delta Downs.

“I’m pretty high on her,” said Bernie Flint, who trains Sheer Beauty.

Sheer Beauty won a 7 1/2-furlong allowance in March at Delta in 1:32, not far off the track record of 1:31.83. She then moved back to turf, where she was a stakes winner at 2, for the Irving Distaff. Sheer Beauty won the 7 1/2-furlong race for fillies and mares in 1:28.40, a few ticks off the course record.

“She really ran well,” Flint said. “She actually made a little duck toward the gap and had to be straightened out. If she wouldn’t have made that little duck, I think she could have equaled the track record.

“It was a nice surprise, just to see how big of a race she ran.”

For the effort, Sheer Beauty earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 88, her best turf number and her second-best Beyer behind the 90 she put up in the Fair Grounds Oaks.

Flint said Sheer Beauty had a bone chip removed from an ankle last year and was brought back slowly. A stakes winner on both dirt and turf, the Churchill Downs-based filly could remain on the grass for her next start as she is being considered for the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff at Lone Star on May 30.

“She loves the surface,” Flint said of Lone Star. “Right now, we’ll just send her back to the track and see where we’re at. We’ll seriously look at the distaff on May 30.”

Sheer Beauty races for L.T.B. Inc., and Texas native Miles Childers.

Tornado hits farm of Texas owner

Richard Hessee, who has leading contenders in the second and fourth races Friday night at Lone Star, has had a harrowing week. He has farms in Texas and Arkansas, with his Arkansas property getting hit by a tornado Monday night. There were no severe injuries to humans or horses, but there was damage to his Trophy Club Training Center in Royal that stands the stallions Midway Road, Dove Hunt, and Morluc.

“It’s a disaster,” Hessee said Tuesday. “The tornado knocked over a home that my mother-in-law lives in. She’s in surgery. We have three mobile homes on the property, and it turned one over and another, a tree went through it.”

Hessee said 80 percent of the fencing was knocked down, while some of the farm’s run-out sheds were blown away. The storm did pass over the training barn, where 40 young horses are stabled. The stallions also came through it unharmed.

Hessee’s property is the former Kilkerry Farm that was owned by trainer Bob Holthus. It is about 15 miles from Oaklawn Park, which did not sustain any damage in the storm, according to track official David Longinotti.

Hessee had 85 horses on the farm just two weeks earlier but had fortunately shipped half of them to tracks, said his son, Richard Hessee III. The family also owns R&R Farms in Goliad, Texas.

◗ Maggies Ransom will meet older rivals for the first time in Friday night’s featured seventh race, a first-level allowance for fillies and mares at a mile on turf.