12/15/2005 12:00AM

Mr. Sulu yet to show his age


Mr. Sulu has made a career beating other Louisiana-bred horses in turf races, and trainer Josie Carroll is not about to alter the winning recipe now. Carroll was quick to answer when asked Thursday whether Mr. Sulu would make his next start in the Dixie Poker Ace against Louisiana-breds or the Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup against open stakes horses.

"The Dixie Poker Ace, absolutely," Carroll said.

The question can even be asked because Mr. Sulu, just shy of his 8-year-old birthday, seems better than ever. Mr. Sulu came into last weekend's Louisiana Champions Day turf without the benefit of a prep race after a layoff, and had never before set foot on the Louisiana Downs turf course. There was no speed to set up Mr. Sulu's late kick, and yet he drew away in the final 100 yards to win convincingly over favored Spruce's Prince - his third win in the Turf.

"I think he's a racehorse is what he is," Carroll said. "He came back off the layoff and proved he's as good as he was. Is he better? It's hard to say, but I thought that was an excellent race."

At some point, Mr. Sulu is going to start slowing down - not that it's apparent from his form - and Carroll and owner Red McMurray have no intention of letting him overstay his time on the racetrack.

"As long as he maintains this level of racing we will continue to race him," said Carroll. "That could be a few years, it could be tomorrow."

'Andrew' proves a big bargain

Badtotheboneandrew, winner of the $150,000 Classic, is the latest in a long line of stakes-winning Louisiana-breds for trainer Harold Hahn III. Hahn has won the richest race on Louisiana Champions Day two other times, with Vilaxy in 1999 and Eequalsmcsquared in 1993, to share the record for most Classic wins by a trainer with Tom Amoss.

Hahn has 22 horses in training, and most are statebreds. "Most all of my good horses, my stakes horses, are Louisiana-breds."

Badtotheboneandrew won the $100,000 Louisiana Breeders' Derby earlier this year at Louisiana Downs, and is now being pointed for the $75,000 Louisiana Lagniappe Classic at 1 1/16 miles on Jan. 22.

"For a $3,500 bargain, he has made about a quarter of a million dollars," said Hahn.

Stan Landry, who owns Badtotheboneandrew, purchased the horse as a yearling at auction for that price. Eequalsmcsquared was another bargain turned golden. Purchased for $7,000 as a 2-year-old in training, he went on to earn $400,557.

"He was second in the Donn to Pistols and Roses," said Hahn. "He was 85-1. He was a nice horse. He was sold to a sheikh in Saudi Arabia."

Vilaxy was a homebred who earned $438,240. Hahn also trained Louisiana-bred First Cowboy, who won eight races as a 2-year-old and cost $3,200 as a yearling.

Badtotheboneandrew is named for Landry's grandson, Andrew. Badtotheboneandrew was born on Andrew's birthday. Landry, who used to train horses at Jefferson Downs, missed the Classic, which was his biggest win as an owner, because he had made plans six months ago to visit New York City in a nonrefundable deal. At the time of the race, he was at the airport, waiting to fly out of New Orleans.

"I had to call him up on the phone and give him a blow by blow on the cell," said Hahn.

Flying Glitter may run at Oaklawn

Flying Glitter, among the best 3-year-old fillies in the Midwest this season, finished off the board in her final start of 2005, the Falls City Handicap at Churchill, but she will return to trainer Ronny Werner's barn at Louisiana Downs within a month and point for a 4-year-old campaign.

"She has been turned out in Kentucky, and she will be out for another couple weeks, or a month," Werner said.

Flying Glitter won four straight stakes through the summer and fall, and progressed steadily through the season, leaving her connections hopeful of a big 4-year-old season. Werner said Flying Glitter will be pointed for races between seven furlongs and 1 1/16 miles, and could make her comeback at the Oaklawn Park meet.

G P Fleet takes a pass

Seven horses, headed by Fort Prado and Major Rhythm, were entered Thursday for Sunday's $75,000 Colonel E.R. Bradley Handicap. Absent from the race is G P Fleet, who would have been among the favorites, but who remained in Kentucky because trainer Steve Flint was not able to get a work into G P Fleet in time for Sunday's race.

"I was wanting in the worst way to get a race into him before the Fair Grounds Breeders' Cup," said Flint. "We will get him up to Shreveport a couple weeks early for that race, and I will work him a mile on dirt if I need to."