05/27/2004 11:00PM

No holiday for Asmussen horses


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Steve Asmussen, the nation's leading trainer in wins, will be saddling more horses than there are stakes on the Lone Star Million Day program Monday at Lone Star Park. He has nine horses set to start on the program of seven stakes worth $1 million, with at least one horse in each of the races.

Asmussen was still to determine riders for some of his starters as of Friday morning, but said that Shane Sellers will come in from Kentucky to ride Spanish Empire in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap; Academic Angel in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff; and probable favorite Mighty Beau in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint.

Asmussen also plans to start Alpha Capo in the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes for 3-year-olds on turf; Savorthetime and Big Score in the $100,000 Valid Expectations Stakes; Term Sheet in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial Stakes; and probable favorite The Frac and Afternoon Charlie in the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial Stakes.

All of the Asmussen horses fit well in their races, and they could give the trainer another big Million Day. In 1999, he won three of the seven stakes offered, including the $150,000 Prestonwood, now called the Distaff, with Heritage Gold, and the $100,000 Wildflower, now the called Valid Expectations, with Little Sister. Asmussen won another overnight race on that program for a four-win day.

Kentucky horses arrive in Texas

Five horses arrived from Kentucky on Friday for Lone Star Million Day. They pulled into the backstretch at noon. Among the horses on the flight, which originated in New York, was Sonic West, who will start in the Lone Star Park Handicap for trainer Tom Van Berg.

Asmussen had four horses on the flight: Spanish Empire, Academic Angel, Mighty Beau, and Big Score.

A plane bringing horses from California was to arrive early Saturday.

Streaks on the line in feature

Suave Lad and Cobra Power, who have each won their last two starts, will meet Sunday in the featured ninth race. There are 11 races scheduled, with no stakes on tap.

Suave Lad will be returning to turf for the first time since last September in the 7 1/2-furlong optional claimer. He won a $25,000 claiming race at Keeneland by 11 lengths on April 8, then came back and defeated $30,000 claimers May 15.

Overall, he has won 7 of 21 starts, with two of those victories coming on turf. Suave Lad, who is a son of Suave Prospect, is owned by Wimp Free Racing Stables. Eddie Martin Jr. has the mount for trainer Bret Calhoun.

Cobra Power returned to turf two starts ago and has not lost since. He won a conditioned claimer on April 21, then defeated entry-level allowance foes on grass May 8. He figures to be making a late run at the front-running Suave Lad.

Cliff Berry has the mount on Cobra Power for trainer Kari Craddock.

Others of note in the race include Cajole, who was second at this distance on turf in his last start, and stakes winners April's Lucky Boy and Kris Havingfunnow, a 6-year-old who has not raced since last August.

Amanda Crandall, the meet's leading apprentice, has the mount on Kris Havingfunnow for trainer Jerenesto Torrez.

* There will be no live racing at Lone Star on Wednesday and Thursday.