02/18/2009 12:00AM

Lukas adds to barn's talent roster


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer D. Wayne Lukas's crop of 3-year-olds at Oaklawn is both growing and blossoming. Over the weekend, one of his clients purchased impressive maiden winner Hamazing Destiny. And on Sunday, the gifted Be Fair won her second race of the meet to earn a shot at stakes competition. A day later, Buzzin and Dreamin made his stakes debut, and ran a solid third in the Grade 3, $250,000 Southwest.

Westrock Stables bought Hamazing Destiny from trainer Mac Robertson following a 10 1/2-length debut win at Oaklawn on Feb. 7. He covered six furlongs in 1:10.44 to earn a Beyer Speed Figure of 94.

"We bought him off a very talented and special race," Lukas said. "His race impressed me, and he's by a horse that I bought and trained, Salt Lake.

"Right now, I have no plans with him at all, because I've just had him three or four days and want him and I to get on the same page and get to know each other."

The discovery period began on Tuesday, when Hamazing Destiny worked a mile in 1:44.40. Robertson had trained the horse for Barry and Joni Butzow, and he said the couple kept a small interest in Hamazing Destiny.

Buzzin and Dreamin, who won a maiden race last month, earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 85 in the Southwest. He finished 4 1/4 lengths behind winner Old Fashioned, and a length behind runner-up Silver City.

"He answered the call for us," Lukas said. "It kind of came together for him. I don't know what that next step is, I really don't know. But I do know that was against world-class competition. Obviously, those two horses are nice horses that beat him."

Lukas said Buzzin and Dreamin will be considered for the Grade 2, $300,000 Rebel at Oaklawn on March 14.

Be Fair could make her stakes debut a day later, in the Grade 3, $100,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn. She is undefeated, and made her two-turn debut Sunday in a first-level allowance at a mile. Be Fair won by more than four lengths with a Beyer of 79.

"She's now had two outs and had the stretch-out and is in position to go just about anywhere we want to go," Lukas said. "We'll step up to a stake anywhere. We'll find a spot.

"The Honeybee is the obvious spot. I'd like to come right out of our own barn and stay here, but I think we'll zig and zag.

Lukas said that the schedule of the talented Rachel Alexandra "might influence us somewhat, because at this time of the year, I really don't want to hook any more than I have to." Be Fair, he said, is "still learning and getting her wings."

Rachel Alexandra, who dominated the $50,000 Martha Washington on Sunday for trainer Hal Wiggins, is set to run next in either the Honeybee or the Fair Grounds Oaks.

Be Fair is a half-sister to Grade 2 winner Macho Again, and one of her best assets is that she is light on her feet, said Lukas.

"You got to sprinkle flour to see if she's hitting the ground," he quipped. "Otherwise, you don't even know she's touching the ground. She just flies."

Storm Mesa nears return

Storm Mesa, the winner of last year's Grade 2 San Clemente at Del Mar, has been working at Louisiana Downs and could make her first start of the year in the $75,000 Bienville at Fair Grounds on March 14, said her trainer, Bret Calhoun. The first graded objective for her is the Grade 1 Madison at seven furlongs at Keeneland on April 9.

"She's been back up for a while, and is doing well," Calhoun said.

Storm Mesa's best Beyer Figure, a 108, was earned at seven furlongs in the $100,000 Cinemine at Lone Star last May.

Mr. Nightlinger is also working at Louisiana Downs for Calhoun, who said he is being pointed for the Shakertown at Keeneland.

Delta, Sunland options for Valid Stripes

Valid Stripes, who earned a 92 Beyer for his win in a one-mile division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes at Retama Park, has a couple of options for his next start, said his trainer, Amos Laborde. One is the $75,000 Sportsman's Paradise on March 20. The one-mile race will be run at Valid Stripes's home track of Delta Downs. The other is the $800,000 Sunland Park Derby on March 29.

"We nominated for it," Laborde said. "We have not made our mind up."

Flat Out headed to the Rebel

Flat Out, winner of the $50,000 Smarty Jones at Oaklawn, is to run next in the Rebel, said his trainer, Scooter Dickey. Flat Out closed from 10th for fourth in the Southwest after encountering significant trouble at the start.

"I don't know if we'd had won, but we'd have been a little closer, I think, if we hadn't spotted them so much at the start," Dickey said. "The horse next to him was raising heck, and he's never done anything in the gates, but I guess it got him shook up and he didn't get away good.

"He put in a big run."

* Silver Edition, third last out in the $50,000 King Cotton, leads a $40,000 optional claimer with second-level allowance conditions at Oaklawn on Friday.