06/15/2006 11:00PM

Miss Mary Pat has new Kentucky base


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Miss Mary Pat has turned in two dominant wins over 2-year-old fillies this meet at Lone Star Park, and now her world is expanding. Shipped to Churchill Downs, she has numerous options for her next start, said her trainer, Steve Asmussen.

"Whether she runs back here in the Silver Spur, or runs in the Debutante there, or goes to New York, I'm just going to decide it from there," said Asmussen from Lone Star.

Miss Mary Pat, who won the $111,330 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity here June 10 with a Beyer Figure of 84, had been a Lone Star regular long before the meet opened in April.

"This is the only place she's been," said Asmussen. "She worked good in the training sale here, and she walked over from that barn to this one."

Sold at auction for $160,000 during the Fasig-Tipton Texas sale at Lone Star in March, Miss Mary Pat races for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and Millennium Farms. She is a daughter of Service Stripe.

Miss Mary Pat won her maiden in her second start, when she rolled to a front-running 5 1/2-length win in a trial race for the TTA on May 25. One start later, she came from off the pace to win the TTA, covering five furlongs in 58.28 seconds, quicker than the final time of 58.50 for the colts and geldings division on the same June 10 card.

Miss Mary Pat gave Asmussen his record seventh win in the fillies division of the TTA. She won by 2 1/2 lengths under Quincy Hamilton.

Blinkers on for Austin Lights

Trainer Bret Calhoun, who won the colts and geldings division of the TTA Sales Futurity with Be a Resident, also sent out the third-place finisher in the race, Austin Lights. He rallied for third, 1 1/4 lengths behind Be a Resident.

"I was really happy with him and his performance," Calhoun said of Austin Lights. "He was just in and out of the bridle a little bit. It looked like in the turn at one point he was going to drop out of it, and I saw Quincy [Hamilton] roll his stick over and tap him on his shoulder and he kind of got him back in the race, and then all of the sudden late he decided to go on and came home.

"I'm probably going to change equipment on him and run him with blinkers next time. He's a fairly intelligent colt and doesn't do a lot wrong, but it just seems like he's clocking horses. He just acts like he's kind of watching

horses. So much is going on, it's like he's not completely concentrating on what he's supposed to be doing."

Calhoun said plans are for Austin Lights to make his next start in the $125,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes at Lone Star on July 8.

Follow the Lite drops into allowance

Sunday's feature at Lone Star, the fifth race on a nine-race card, is a $29,000 optional claiming race for female sprinters that qualify under third-level allowance conditions or by being entered for a $45,000 claiming price.

Follow the Lite looms the likely favorite in the six-furlong dirt race. Seventh in the Valid Expectations Stakes in the slop at Lone Star on March 29, she should rebound with the drop back into non-stakes company.

Earlier this meet, on May 4, she won a similar optional claiming race, scoring by three-quarters of a length. Cliff Berry, who has been up for her two most recent starts, has been given the return call on Follow the Lite. A 4-year-old daughter of Light the Fuse, she is trained by Bret Calhoun for owner Carl Moore Management LLC.

The greatest threat to Follow the Lite could be Florida invader Babaganush. Unraced since finishing sixth in an optional claimer at Gulfstream on March 31, she may move

forward with a change in circuit. She has won 4 of 19 starts and more than $192,000.

Turf next for Calhoun fillies

Sweet Idea and Kalyrra were both entered in the $50,000 Chapel Belle last month at Louisiana Downs. But when that turf stakes did not draw enough entries, Calhoun had to shift gears, and he signed up both 3-year-old fillies for the $100,000 Stonerside on dirt at Lone Star on May 29.

Sweet Idea finished second by a head to winner Brownie Points at 24-1, and Kalyrra was third. The two are now pointing for another turf stakes - the $60,000 Lone Star Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on turf here July 1.

Day to be keynote speaker at banquet

Retired Hall of Fame rider Pat Day will be the keynote speaker during the Texas Thoroughbred Association's annual meeting and awards banquet July 21-22 at the Horseshoe Bay Resort Marriott in Horseshoe Bay, Tex.

Day will speak during the Texas-bred awards banquet on July 22. The master of ceremonies is Chris Lincoln. Day and Lincoln will also be part of a fund-raiser for the Race Track Chaplaincy of America and the Texas Thoroughbred Educational Fund on July 21.

- additional reporting by Byron King