06/10/2007 11:00PM

Loushe cuts back for feature


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Steve Margolis enjoyed his proverbial 15 minutes of racing fame when he sent out 22-1 shot Cajun Beat to win the 2003 Breeders' Cup Sprint at Santa Anita. The 43-year-old New York native has since settled into an up-and-down pattern that characterizes most every trainer's career, although it seems the parabola is curving upward again.

Reinforced by the addition of some 20 horses from the Klein family in April, Margolis has steadily added new clients over the last year or so and now has 40 horses, with eight victories already at the Churchill Downs spring meet and high hopes for the balance of the year. When the meet ends July 8, Margolis will take about 18 horses to Monmouth Park in New Jersey, where he has never had a stable.

Among the new horses in the Margolis stable is a 4-year-old gelding named Loushe (pronounced Loosh, as in swoosh), who seems to stand as good a chance as any among an overflow number of entries in the Wednesday feature at Churchill. Although his lone in-the-money finish in seven career starts came nearly two years ago, Loushe clearly has some ability, and following a May 18 race he surely needed, he will turn back in distance when he breaks from post 5 in the first-level allowance, which goes as the eighth of nine races.

"We gelded him before he first ran off the layoff," said Margolis, who trains Loushe for Eric Fein. "He's a little bit of a headstrong horse, but actually he's really been training well."

Margolis, a former longtime assistant to Stanley Hough, has been in racing most of his adult life, even working during his high school years at Belmont Park for John Veitch, the current Kentucky state steward who will be inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame in August for his standout training career.

Besides Loushe, other contenders in the feature, a five-furlong turf race with a purse of $50,000, include Minister's Appeal, a Bill Mott-trained 3-year-old who earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 91 two starts back; Pimm's O'Clock, a steady performer from the Steve Asmussen stable; Coesse Chief, who will make his seasonal debut off a steady series of workouts for Steve Penrod; and Boogie Hollow, who figures to get a good forward trip under Robby Albarado.