01/23/2008 12:00AM

Maxxam field small but competitive


Sam Houston Race Park drew a competitive field of six older horses for Saturday night's $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup. Red Rock Creek and Reporting for Duty, who won the $106,000 Zia Park Derby last out, will start as an entry in the 1 1/8-mile race. Others in the field include multiple stakes winners Tap Dancing Mauk and Goosey Moose. Honest Man, who won an optional claimer in dominant fashion last out at Fair Grounds, will be making his stakes debut in the Maxxam.

The complete field from the rail with riders is: Reporting for Duty, Luis Quinonez; Tap Dancing Mauk, Casey Lambert; Goosey Moose, Quincy Hamilton; Red Rock Creek, Jose Figueroa; Gold Wonder, Eguard Tejera; and Honest Man, Gabriel Saez.

Tap Dancing Mauk has vanned in from Kentucky for the Maxxam, and arrived at Sam Houston at 5 a.m. Wednesday, said Bill Mauk, who races the horse in partnership. Tap Dancing Mauk won at 1 1/8 miles in his last start, the $186,000 Zia Park Distance Championship.

"He looks like he's getting better with age now," Mauk said.

Tap Dancing Mauk, 7, earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 97 for his win in the Distance Championship.

Also on the Maxxam card is the the $50,000 Sam Houston Distaff, which drew a field of 12.

Delta: Options for Miss Missile

Miss Missile, who won her second stakes of the Delta Downs meet last Friday in the $55,000 Genesis, could make her next start in one of three regional stakes. Charlie Smith, who owns and trains the filly, said he plans to nominate her to the Grade 3, $200,000 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds on Feb. 9, the $50,000 Martha Washington at Oaklawn on Feb. 17, and the $75,000 Green Oaks at Delta Downs on March 1.

"We haven't really formulated it out yet, the way we're going," said Smith. "We're just kind of letting her tell us. She came back good, [but] I think we're a little tired. I think that muddy track tried us a little bit at the end."

Miss Missile set the pace over a muddy track in the Genesis, then held off a fast-closing Eagle's Song by a neck. For the effort, she earned a Beyer of 79.