05/31/2001 11:00PM

Norman on target to reach lofty goals


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Cole Norman, who won his first Oaklawn Park training title in April, has carried his momentum over to Lone Star Park, where during the Memorial Day race week he won with 9 of 16 starters and captured the richest race of his career, the $200,000 Diamond "A" USA Stakes, with Royal Spy.

Overall at Lone Star, Norman is winning races at a 42 percent clip, and with 30 wins in the first 40 days of the 74-day meet, he ranks a clear second in the standings to Steve Asmussen, who leads with 46. Together, the two outfits had won 20 percent of the 383 races run this meet entering the races Friday.

Norman is outperforming the record he had here last year, when he finished second in the final standings behind Asmussen, 68 wins to 34. And, he said that is always the goal of his stable, to improve upon the year before. Norman won a cumulative 151 races last year, and said his goal this year is to win 200. He had 73 wins for the year heading into the races Friday to rank eighth in the national standings behind leader Scott Lake and runner-up Asmussen.

Norman said Royal Spy, who won the USA by 9 1/2 lengths, could start next in the $125,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge on July 3.

Snuck In makes local bow Sunday

Snuck In, last year's Grade 3 Rebel winner who finished fifth in the Preakness for Asmussen, makes his local bow in the featured ninth race Sunday, a one-mile allowance worth $38,000 that has also drawn T.B. Track Star and Unrullah Bull, who in his last start ran seven furlongs in a track-record time of 1:21.21. Unrullah Bull was claimed from that race by Norman.

Snuck In stretches back out around two turns after finishing ninth in the Grade 2 Churchill Downs Handicap over seven furlongs on May 5. The colt's last two wins have come around two turns, in the Rebel and the $200,000 Gallery Furniture Juvenile. He will be ridden by Corey Lanerie.

* The final berth for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association All-Star Jockey Championship on June 22 is reserved for the current leading rider at Lone Star, and Lanerie is expected to earn the berth when it is handed out Sunday. Lanerie had 48 wins this meet heading into the races Friday night, 14 more than runner-up Curt Bourque.

* Jockeys who win multiple races on a single card this meet will earn money for the Jockeys' Guild Disabled Riders Fund and the Mike Modano Foundation, which aids abused children. Bob Sambol, owner of Bob's Steak & Chop House in Dallas, has pledged $50 to both charities for a riding double by any jockey; $100 each for a riding triple; $500 each for four wins; $1,000 each for five wins; $5,000 each for six wins, and $50,000 each for seven wins. The pledges are retroacvtive to opening day of the meet, April 5. So far, each charity has received $3,300.