03/01/2002 1:00AM

Morluc: Keeneland-bound


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Morluc, one of the nation's top turf sprinters, with earnings of more than $850,000, will make his next start in the $75,000 Shakertown at Keeneland on April 13, according to trainer Randy Morse.

Morluc finished a game second to Boots on Sunday a week ago in his seasonal debut, the $50,000 Turf Sprint Cup at Sam Houston Race Park in Houston. "He tried," said Morse. "The turf was a little soft, and when it's like that he can't get a hold of it, he can't go anywhere. I thought he showed a lot of heart to try and come back and win."

The Turf Sprint was Morluc's first start since Dec. 16 when he finished second, beaten in a photo finish for the second straight year in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin Race Course. Morse said the long-term goal with Morluc this season is to return to China for a third Hong Kong Sprint.

Morse's other turf sprinter, Testify, will make his next start in either the Shakertown or the $75,000 Yankee Affair Stakes over five furlongs on turf at Gulfstream Park on April 13. Testify won the Turf Sprint last year at Sam Houston.

Sarah Jade to go in Honeybee

Sarah Jade, who remained perfect over the Oaklawn strip with her seven-length romp in an entry-level allowance Feb. 24, is to make her stakes debut Saturday in the $75,000 Honeybee for 3-year-old fillies, said Mac Robertson, assistant to his father, trainer Hugh Robertson.

Others pointing to the 1 1/16-mile race include Bedanken, winner of the $50,000 Dixie Belle Stakes on Jan. 25 for trainer Donnie Von Hemel; Cozy Susie, a two-time winner for trainer Larry Robideaux Jr.; Atsa Pretty Muffin, who will get back to racing with straight 3-year-olds for trainer Barry Germany; and Chirimoya, an impressive maiden winner for trainer Bob Holthus.

Sarah Jade defeated Chirimoya on Feb. 3, when she won a one-mile maiden race at Oaklawn by 3 1/4 lengths. She returned to beat winners one race later, improving her record to two wins from four starts for owner Jer-Mar Stable.

"She's running real well," said Robertson. "She likes it here, and seems to handle the track real well."

Sarah Jade, a Jade Hunter half-sister to the multiple Grade 2-placed winner Caromana, is to be ridden in the Honeybee by Chris Emigh.

Mac Robertson oversees a string of 20 horses here for his father, and through Wednesday had sent out five winners from 23 starters at this meet. Hugh Robertson also has divisions at Fair Grounds and Sportsman's Park.

Feature headed by Take Me In

Take Me In, who is entered in Sunday's feature, a conditioned allowance, exits a strong race. In her last start she ran third in an optional claiming race behind Mckinney, who returned in her next start to win an allowance at Oaklawn on Friday.

Trainer Cole Norman, who won his 700th career race in the feature here last Wednesday, has given the mount on Take Me In to Carlos Gonzalez.

Juveniles top sale

A 2-year-old filly by Forest Wildcat and a 2-year-old colt by Elusive Quality each brought a bid of $48,000 to top the Arkansas winter mixed sale in Little Rock last Monday. Dan White's Oaklawn Farm purchased the colt, named Election Night, from consignor Millennium Bloodstock, while Buck Pond sold the filly, who is unnamed, to Leon Millsap.

A total of 79 of the 133 horses cataloged sold, for an average of $5,218.