06/20/2002 11:00PM

Norman and Taylor's Queen steal show

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Taylor's Queen, impressive winner of the $102,000 Jean Lafitte Futurity last year at Delta Downs, beat a field of stakes winners in her first start at 3 on Thursday night at Lone Star Park. She was one of four winners on the card for leading trainer Cole Norman.

Norman won the early daily double ($17.80) with Pagin'paige Leigh ($3) and Electrode ($12.20), and the late double ($13.80) with Taylor's Queen ($7.80) and Shineystone ($4.60). Overall, he has won 63 races in 52 days of racing this meet.

Taylor's Queen was making her first start for Norman, and he was impressed with her determination in overtaking pacesetter and multiple stakes winner Miss Photogenic. "I like to see that," said Norman.

Taylor's Queen covered six furlongs in 1:10.54 and improved her record to four wins in seven starts. Norman said she is being pointed for the $40,000-added Fantasia Stakes for 3-year-old Louisiana-bred fillies at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., on July 7.

Devout Sinner to Iowa

Devout Sinner, third behind Taylor's Queen on Thursday, is the latest horse with Lone Star ties to head to Prairie Meadows for the Iowa Racing Festival. The filly, who won four straight stakes starts between September and January, is pointing for the $125,000 Iowa Distaff on July 6.

Other horses with Lone Star ties heading to Prairie Meadows for the Festival include See How She Runs, Bonapaw, Easyfromthegitgo, Boots on Sunday, and Seainsky.

Devout Sinner was returning from a four-month layoff Thursday night. She did not have a horse beat at the top of stretch, but closed with a rush to finish third, despite altering course in the lane. Devout Sinner was beaten a half-length, and galloped out past the top two finishers. She is owned by her trainer, Joan Charlton.

Medication survey results

Texas owners and trainers prefer allowing certain therapeutic medications, such as bute and banamine up to midnight the day before a race and Lasix on race day, according to a survey. The poll, conducted by the Texas Horsemen's Partnership, asked about a national race day medication policy. Currently in Texas only Lasix is permitted on race day.

The results were presented to the THP board at a meeting at Lone Star on Thursday, and will be used to help the board formulate an opinion on race day medication that will be carried to the National Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association convention in July. The National HBPA asked each of its affiliates to come to the convention with input on the issue.

Horsemen were asked about three medication scenarios: Lasix-only like Texas; the use of certain therapeutic medications on race day as allowed in Kentucky; or a cross between the two, which won the most votes. The THP is an affiliate of the National HBPA.

Hallowed Dreams "a little off"

Hallowed Dreams, who was expected to defend her title in the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes on Saturday at Lone Star, skipped the race because she "was just a little off," said trainer Lloyd Romero.

Romero has no next race plans for Hallowed Dreams, but plans to keep her on the same schedule as last year, when she ran third in the $50,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs after winning the Miller Lite. This year, the Monique Rene is scheduled for Aug. 24.

* Norman and Steve Asmussen, who combined to win five of the nine races on the Lone Star card Thursday night, have the top two contenders in the featured eighth race Sunday. Norman will saddle Delta Deacon in the five-furlong entry-level allowance turf sprint. Asmussen will start Far Away Bell.