05/16/2008 12:00AM

Lovell relocates 30 from Texas


Trainer Michelle Lovell tested the waters at Louisiana Downs last year, when she shipped in from Texas and won 6 races from 24 starters, including the $50,000 Princess with Shedoesrock. This meet, she has set up shop at the Bossier City, La., racetrack. Lovell has a 30-horse stable settled in for the season that opened on Saturday.

It is the first time she will have a stable based outside of Texas. Lovell, who also has 20 horses stabled at Lone Star Park, is one of a handful of new Texas faces at Louisiana Downs. John Locke, who is third in the standings at Lone Star, also has a division at Louisiana Downs, while Bob Young is a new barn there.

Lovell first ventured to Louisiana Downs last summer after heavy rains interrupted her meet at Lone Star.

"Last year, we had six weeks of rain and I had all grass horses and I had a hard time," she said. "We had to scratch a lot of horses, so I got to take some to Louisiana Downs and we won some races on the grass.

"Now I'm in both places where I can run them where they fit, where I can get the proper races."

Lovell said her Louisiana Downs stable is mixture of older horses, turf horses, and young horses.

"I usually don't have maidens, but right now I do, so that's fun," she said. "I've got probably six or seven 2-year-olds, so, who knows? The possibilities are endless when you have young horses."

Lovell even has a few Louisiana-breds. During the Fasig-Tipton Texas auction of 2-year-olds in training in March, clients bought a pair of Louisiana-bred fillies, one by Worldly Ways and the other by Tenton Forest. Another client claimed a 3-year-old Louisiana-bred named Sam He Be.

As for older horses, Lovell said Wild Encounter, a multiple stakes winner on turf, would be nominated to the $50,000 Top Corsage on May 24. Shedoesrock, a 3-year-old by Storm Boot, has been freshened, and is expected to see stakes action later in the year.

Lovell, 44, has been a force in Texas since she began training in 2003. Last winter at Sam Houston Race Park, she won 23 races from 100 starters, and before that meet she went 15 for 79 at Retama Park. She is a former jockey who rode as Michelle Hanley, competing mostly in her native Florida.

Half-sisters to stakes winners meet

Classy Beck, a half-sister to Sarah Lane's Oates, and Cloud Rise, a half-sister to Chorwon, meet in the featured ninth race Sunday. The first-level allowance for fillies and mares is at a mile on turf, a surface over which Sarah Lane's Oates and Chorwon were both multiple stakes winners. Sarah Lane's Oates earned more than $800,000, and Chorwon banked $1.1 million.

Classy Beck is moving back to the grass, where she was third in a first-level allowance at Fair Grounds in February. The 4-year-old Classy Beck races for her breeder, Glen Warren, and is trained by Andrew Leggio Jr., the same team behind Sarah Lane's Oates.

Cloud Rise is making her turf debut. A 3-year-old filly, she is by Buddha. Jerry Hardin trains Cloud Rise, a maiden winner at seven furlongs at Delta in March. He has given the mount on Don Simington.

Missed the Prom tries turf

Missed the Prom, an $8,000 claim who has won his last four starts by a combined 24 lengths, makes his turf debut in the seventh on Sunday, a $10,000 starter allowance at 7 1/2 furlongs.

Missed the Prom is dropping in class for the race, having won the $58,000 John Henry at a mile at Evangeline in his last start April 19. He is by Menifee, who gets 9 percent winners from his first-time turfers.