10/13/2003 11:00PM

Look for Beau's Town at Oaklawn


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Beau's Town, who will be forced to miss the Breeders' Cup Sprint because of injury, will probably make his comeback in late February or early March, said his Louisiana Downs-based trainer, Cole Norman.

Beau's Town had a small bone chip removed from an ankle last Wednesday at Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky. He likely suffered the injury in the Grade 3 Phoenix on Oct. 3, when he stumbled at the start and finished eighth as the favorite in the race that was to be his final stop before the Sprint.

"The surgery went well, and it looks like he'll be ready to go back in training the first of December, but we're going to wait and put him back in training the first of January," said Norman, who trains Beau's Town for Dave Hulkewicz and Bobby Beck. "We'll probably swim him for a month, in December, then go back in training the first of January.

"He'll come into Oaklawn. I think we should have him ready [to run] by the end of February, or the first of March."

Norman said Hulkewicz was making plans last week to send Beau's Town from Kentucky to a farm in Texas, where he will be based until heading to Oaklawn. Beau's Town won four stakes in six starts this year, and was a top contender for the Sprint following his win in the Grade 2 Bing Crosby at Del Mar in July.

New career for Remington Rock

Remington Rock, a stakes winner of close to $400,000, has been retired and is going to join a division of the mounted police force in Arkansas, said his trainer, Rick Jackson.

Jackson's brother, Tim, works on the force and will utilize Remington Rock, who is 9.

The decision to retire Remington Rock was made after he finished fifth in a recent overnight handicap at Louisiana Downs. He came out of the race with a "little problem" in a leg, said Jackson, and rather than give him a couple of months off and bring him back to the races again, Remington Rock was retired by his owners, Pals Racing Stable.

"They just said, 'We had fun with him. We're going to just retire him.' And that's what they did," said Jackson.

Remington Rock is currently living on 27 acres in Arkansas. His easy-going disposition makes him a good candidate to work for the mounted police.

"He's the kind of horse who's got to have attention, and he'll have attention all the time," said Jackson. "We took him out to my brother's and I've got two nieces out there who have been feeding him peppermints every day. He'll be ridden quite a bit. They'll ride him in their fair parades and stuff like that.

"And my brother, he's in the mounted police up there, and he's going to use him in that."

Overall, Remington Rock won 15 of 60 starts and $377,160. A $15,000 claim in 1998, he went on to win the Alliance Handicap at Louisiana Downs in 2000, and the Grade 3 Fifth Season Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn in 2001.

Mr. Jester to Delta Jackpot

Plans have changed for Louisiana Downs-based Mr. Jester, a two-time stakes winner who had been pointing for the Iroquois and Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes at Churchill Downs.

He will instead remain closer to home, said his trainer, Steve Wren, and point for the $100,000 Jean Lafitte at Delta Downs on Nov. 8, as well as that track's $1 million Delta Jackpot on Dec. 5.

Mr. Jester won the $50,000 Pioneer over 5 1/2 furlongs at Louisiana Downs in August, then shipped to Turfway and stretched out to 1 1/16 miles for the Grade 3, $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile. He finished second, a nose behind Pomeroy in the race, but was placed first after Pomeroy was disqualified for interference.

Mr. Jester races for Kaaren Biggs.

* Depop, a 16-length debut winner who was second in a statebred stakes in his last start, will return to overnight competition Thursday in the featured 10th race at Louisiana Downs. He will start in a six-furlong optional claimer for 2-year-olds that drew an interesting cast, including Esteban Miguel, who was third to Mr. Jester two starts ago in the Pioneer.

* James Crowson Jr., a longtime horseman who raced at Louisiana Downs, died after a battle with diabetes. He was 75. One of Crowson's best horses was Country Jim, whom he bred, owned, and trained. The horse set a track record here in 1982.

* August B. "Augie" Myers, a former trainer and agent to jockey J.D. Jessop when he was the nation's leading rider in 1945, died in Pearcy, Ark. He was 90.