03/03/2006 1:00AM

Norman's daughter new owner of Beau's Town


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Beau's Town, the 8-year-old gelding who was retired earlier this week, is one year older than his new owner. Dave Hulkewicz, who raced the Grade 2 winner, has given Beau's Town to trainer Cole Norman's 7-year-old daughter, Cheyenne.

Beau's Town gave Norman his most important career win when he captured the Bing Crosby Breeders' Cup at Del Mar in 2003. In all, he won 13 of 23 starts and $697,850.

"He's been good to me and my whole family," said Norman. "A lot of things have happened because of that horse. He's opened doors for me."

Beau's Town was retired after he did not come out of a recent work to Norman's satisfaction. A sonogram was performed, and he was found to have a "tiny, little minute tear in his tendon," said Hulkewicz. It was not career-threatening, but his connections decided the time was right to retire him.

"He was a special animal, and he deserves the retirement," said Hulkewicz. "I liked seeing him end his career the way he did, with a win in the King Cotton."

The King Cotton was one of Beau's Town's nine stakes wins, which also included the Grade 3 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap at Oaklawn. But he fired arguably the best race of his career in the Bing Crosby, when he earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 116.

"The race at Del Mar put him on the national map," said Hulkewicz. "In one of the pools he was the favorite for the Breeders' Cup Sprint."

Beau's Town was sent to the Grade 3 Phoenix at Keeneland for his final prep for the Breeders' Cup, but stumbled out of the gate and after the race was found to have a small bone chip in an ankle. It was removed, and he returned to action in 2004 and won two stakes, including the $75,000 Ford Express at Lone Star Park, in which he covered six furlongs in 1:07.89.

Beau's Town's last two races came this year, when he finished second by a neck in the $250,000 Duncan F. Kenner Breeders' Cup at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs, then won the $50,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn on Feb. 4. He will spend a few days at Louisiana Downs, where he will begin to be let down, then will head to the farm, said Norman.

"Cheyenne's got his stall ready for him," he said. "She'll be able to feed him carrots and peppermints every day."

Pletcher considering weekend stakes

Trainer Todd Pletcher has two horses under consideration for the pair of Grade 3 stakes races scheduled for next weekend at Oaklawn. The undefeated Pool Land is a candidate for the $175,000 Azeri Breeders' Cup on March 11, and Monarch Lane is being considered for the $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup Handicap on March 12.

Pool Land has won all three of her career starts and is scheduled to work on Sunday.

"If she works well and comes out of it in good order, we plan to ship in on the seventh," Pletcher said on Friday.

Pool Land would be flown in from Florida and would be ridden by Mike Luzzi. She would be making her graded stakes debut in the Azeri, a 1 1/16-mile race that is expected to draw Grade 1 winners Happy Ticket and Round Pond. Pool Land has won her three career starts by a combined 17 3/4 lengths, her latest coming in the $60,000 Summer Colony at Aqueduct on Jan. 22.

"She came out running short and did well, and we stretched her out and she's handled that with no problems," said Pletcher. "She hasn't met the quality of fillies that she's going to meet there, but she's certainly handled it very easily so far."

Pool Land is a 4-year-old daughter of Silver Deputy who races for Melnyk Racing Stables, which is the current leading owner at Oaklawn.

Monarch Lane rolled to a 6 1/2-length allowance win at Gulfstream Park on Jan. 12, his first start since finishing second in the Illinois Derby last April.

Albarado to ride Happy Ticket

Robby Albarado has the mount on Happy Ticket in the Azeri, her trainer Andrew Leggio said on Friday. Happy Ticket is scheduled to van to Oaklawn from her Louisiana Downs base early next week. Other probables for the Azeri are La Reason and Platinum Ballet.