12/14/2002 12:00AM

Meteor Impact hits Juvenile hard


NEW ORLEANS - He beat only Louisiana-breds Saturday, but Meteor Impact may not need restricted company to be a stakes horse next year at age 3. With a powerful run from the three-eighths pole to the wire, Meteor Impact won the $100,000 Juvenile by six lengths under Calvin Borel, the all-time leader in Champions Day wins.

A 12-length winner of his career debut Sept. 2 at Evangeline Downs, Meteor Impact finished fifth six weeks later as the favorite in the Stardust Stakes, run over a bog at Louisiana Downs. He left that failure far behind Saturday. Racing in mid-pack behind Constant Commotion's moderate early pace, Meteor Impact bulled his way to the front in upper stretch and pulled away to win easily, running six furlongs in 1:11.23. He paid $15.20.

"The plan was to break clean and let him settle in, and that's the way it worked out," said trainer Bobby Barnett, who saddled Meteor Impact for the first time. Glenn Delahoussaye trained Meteor Impact previously, but Delahoussaye doesn't come to Fair Grounds and owner Charlene Thorson wanted Meteor Impact here this winter. "We gave him three works over the track and he's done everything right. I don't think two turns will be a problem."

Favored Witt Ante put in a solid run to be second, a head in front of Lighter Knot, but he was nowhere near the winner. Constant Commotion, so impressive in two wins at Delta Downs, had nothing for the drive and wound up 10th.

One Brick Shy wins Turf

Making his fourth Champions Day appearance, One Brick Shy edged heavily favored Coach Rags in the $100,000 Turf.

A headstrong Mr. Sulu opened a huge lead on the backstretch and led by close to 10 lengths turning for home. Tiring badly in the final furlong after setting a sprint pace, Mr. Sulu was run down just shy of the wire by One Brick Shy on the outside and Coach Rags between horses.

Coach Rags was squeezed and his jockey, Robby Albarado, lodged an objection, but the result was allowed to stand.

A 7-year-old owned by Michele Rodriguez and Greg Streck, One Brick Shy has been a claiming horse as often as a stakes horse the last two years, but he was at his best Saturday, rallying under Gerard Melancon to give trainer Troy Young his first Champions Day win.

One Brick Shy, timed in 1:44.26 for 1 1/16 miles on firm going, paid $14.40 to win.

Zarb's luck sets pace, wins Sprint

Zarb's Luck set a hectic early pace but never was threatened in the stretch and won the $100,000 Sprint over a pair of longshots, Noinbetweeners and Sunny Brick.

Zarb's Luck beat Bet Me Best to the early lead but had to run fast to do it. He raced a quarter-mile in 21.41 seconds and a half in 44.69, but was under little pressure to do so.

"He did the fractions with no encouraging," said jockey Robby Albarado.

Zarb's Luck ($5.60) took a two-length lead into the stretch and the closers never fired. He won by three in 1:10.23 for owners Scott Boudreaux and Eddie Johnston, who also trains Zarb's Luck.

Favored Prized Amberpro wins Ladies

The shortest favorite of the day, Prized Amberpro, did the expected and easily won the $100,000 Ladies, asserting her dominance as the best statebred older mare in training. She paid $2.80.

Owned by Linda Patch and Joseph Thomas and trained by John Gelner and his son, Scott, Prized Amberpro won for the 15th time in 30 starts. A low-level maiden claimer when she started her career, Prized Amberpro is closing in on $400,000 in earnings.

Saturday, she sat well behind a slow pace but moved quickly to the front in upper stretch and prevailed by 2 1/2 lengths, running 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.41. Wild Squaw was second and Autobesarah finished third.

Kool K.J. breaks through in Lassie

Second and third in two previous stakes tries, Kool K.J. broke through Saturday with a win in the $100,000 Lassie. Breaking from post 10 under jockey Calvin Borel, Kool K.J. got a perfect trip stalking the pace of Itsmybag, swept to the lead in the stretch, and won going away by five lengths.

"I pushed the button and she gave me a quick burst of energy," said Borel.

Owned by Jimmy and Marty Evans and trained by Bret Thomas, Kool K.J. paid $10.20 to win while racing six furlongs in 1:12.16. Little Miss Deb passed Itsmybag in the last half-furlong to finish second.

Silky Zarb wins Starter

Silky Zarb led all the way and won the $50,000 Starter by three-quarters of a length.

"I claimed him in Chicago off Tommy Tomillo with this race in mind," said winning trainer Andre Ney.

Silky Zarb ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:46.01 and paid $5.60 to win.