07/14/2005 11:00PM

Mile is right in High Strike Zone's wheelhouse


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - High Strike Zone has been unbeatable at one mile, and on Sunday he will be a clear favorite at the distance in the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial, the closing-day feature at Lone Star Park. Others in the six-horse field include Majestic Thief and Intelligent Male.

has made three starts at one mile, winning the $50,000 Marshland in his first start at the distance last December at Delta Downs. High Strike Zone went on to win the $50,000 Delta Mile in March, and a month later registered his richest career win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile at Lone Star on April 30.

"He's been good to me going a mile," said Amos Laborde, who trains High Strike Zone.

High Strike Zone's success at the distance has moved him to the fore among the region's older horses, and in his last start he traveled to Louisiana Downs and won the $50,000 Ark-La-Tex Handicap by 1 3/4 lengths, repelling a handful of stretch bids in the 1 1/16-mile race June 18.

High Strike Zone set all the pace that day from his rail post, but with an outside draw for the Bob Johnson, he could sit off the leaders. He will break from post 5 under Ricky Faul.

"Most of the time, he's about a half-length or length off the lead," said Laborde. "That's where I'd want him, about a length off the lead."

Laborde said High Strike Zone could move back into graded company soon. He and owner Donald Erickson will look at the Grade 3, $250,000 Longacres Mile at Emerald Downs on Aug. 21. High Strike Zone will also be considered for the Evangeline Mile.

But the first order of business is the Bob Johnson, said Laborde.

"I'm looking forward to the race," he said. "He's doing great."

Majestic Thief was third to High Strike Zone in the Ark-La-Tex, when he closed from off the pace. Trainer Cody Autrey has given the mount to leading rider Cliff Berry.

Mykindasaint eyes Saratoga

Mykindasaint has been one of the best 2-year-olds to come out of the Lone Star meet, and she could see action at Saratoga this summer, said her trainer, Bubba Cascio. Mykindasaint returned to Lone Star earlier this week after winning the $75,000 Cassidy during the Summit of Speed at Calder last Sunday.

The race was her first road trip following a maiden win at Lone Star, and she stalked the pace before going on to a 2 3/4-length win under Jerry Bailey.

"The thing I liked about her is that she handled herself so good," said Cascio. "She was professional."

Cascio said he has nominated Mykindasaint to the Grade 2, $150,000 Adirondack at six furlongs on July 27 at Saratoga. Her connections also have an eye to the Grade 2, $250,000 Spinaway at seven furlongs on Aug. 26 there.

"We might try to make both of them if we can," said Cascio.

Mykindasaint was stepped on out of the gate in the Cassidy and grabbed her right front quarter, and her next start will be determined based on how quickly she heals, said Cascio. Mykindasaint, who is now 2 for 2, won her maiden by six lengths May 25.

She has been part of a big season for Cascio, who won with his first six starters of the Lone Star meet to tie a 1999 record for consecutive wins by a trainer at the track. Cascio had won with 17 of 54 starters through Thursday night, for a 31 percent win rate this meet. From here, he said he plans to send divisions of his stable to Louisiana Downs and Evangeline.

Saf Link goes for five-win record

Saf Link will attempt to become the first horse to win five races during a Lone Star meet on Sunday. He is entered in the final race of the meet, the 11th, which is a $10,000 claiming event at 1 1/16 miles. Saf Link has won four straight races at Lone Star, his latest over $7,500 foes. He is trained by Joe Petalino.

* Jockey Casey Lambert, who broke his jaw and punctured a lung in a spill on July 4, was released from the hospital late Wednesday.

* First post for the Quarter Horse meet that opens on Sept. 30 has been moved up to 5 p.m. Central.

* Steve Asmussen will win his seventh training title at Lone Star on Sunday.