06/12/2005 11:00PM

Look for Forrest G. to be going farther

Lone Star Park
Forrest G. pulls a 33-1 upset in the $135,450 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity at Lone Star Park on Saturday.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Forrest G. wants more furlongs. Five were fine when he pulled a 33-1 upset in the $135,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on Saturday. But he was really just getting started as the race ended, and will improve with more ground, said his co-owner and trainer, Marvin Hayes.

"He's a big old colt, and he was kind of just playing [at five furlongs]," Hayes said. "He's a long ways from reaching his potential."

The distances of 2-year-old races will increase as the year goes on, and one long-term stakes Hayes said he feels might suit Forrest G. well is the Grade 3, $200,000 Arlington Washington Breeders' Cup Futurity at one mile at Arlington Park on Sept. 18.

Until then, Hayes is contemplating several next-race options for Forrest G., including the $75,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup at six furlongs at Lone Star on July 16. Other spots he will look at include the Grade 3 Bashford Manor at Churchill Downs, the Minstrel Stakes at Louisiana Downs, and the Clever Trevor at Remington Park. Hayes said Forrest G. is not eligible for the next juvenile stakes at Lone Star, the $125,000 Staunch Avenger division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on July 9.

Forrest G., a Texas-bred son of Truluck, was an $8,500 yearling purchase for Hayes and partner Terry Wood.

"He's built right," Hayes said. "He's big, but he's athletic. He's not a big, old clumsy colt."

Casey Lambert rode Forrest G., and the win gave him his seventh juvenile stakes win at Lone Star. Hayes, a former jockey who rode some prominent Quarter Horses, registered one of his biggest wins as a trainer in the Sales Futurity. For the victory, Forrest G., who won by 2 1/2 lengths in 57.54 seconds, earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 75.

Full field taking shape for Turf Cup

There are 14 horses under consideration for the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup, a 1 1/8-mile race to be run here Saturday. The field will be limited to 12, with highweights preferred. As of Monday, it appeared Crowned King will be the 118-pound starting highweight.

Others considered probable for the race by Lone Star's stakes coordinator, Mike Shamburg, are Waupaca, weighted at 117, and Major Rhythm, 116. Major Rhythm is due to arrive at Lone Star from Illinois on Tuesday. A plane from California is due in the same day, and expected to arrive on that flight is Fullbridled, 114.

Among those track officials consider possible for the race are Absent Friend, 117; Oncearoundtwice, 115; Runaway Choice, 115; Sea Dub, 115; Wishingitwas, 115; A R Crackers, 113; Alpha Capo, 113; Dynareign, 113; Erroneous I D, 112; and Gulf News, 111.

Cliff Berry, the leading rider at Lone Star, has the mount on Waupaca, trainer Donnie Von Hemel said. Officials said Earlie Fires will be aboard Major Rhythm.

Return of Henry's Court

Henry's Court, who in his last start faced multiple stakes winners Flamenco and Wholelottabourbon, returns from a one-year layoff in the eighth race Wednesday night. An entry-level allowance, the six-furlong race also drew Vienna Circle, who will make his second start back from a layoff for trainer Bruce Jackson.

Bret Calhoun will be saddling Henry's Court for the first time, as the colt made the first two starts of his career at Woodbine with trainer Michael Mareina. Henry's Court won his debut as the favorite in a 4 1/2-furlong race June 6, and one start later was fifth to Flamenco in the $140,000 Victoria. For his first start since June 26, 2004, Henry's Court shows a series of strong works. Casey Lambert has the mount on the colt, a son of Doneraile Court.

Jamie Theriot, who has leapfrogged into second place in the standings after winning 10 races last week, including four last Wednesday night, has the mount on the UAE-bred Vienna Circle.