07/04/2003 12:00AM

One-day turf fest topped by sprint

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Got turf? They do at Lone Star Park on Sunday. Lots of it. The track has carded five of its nine races for the grass, led by a five-furlong allowance worth $34,000.

Proven Cure, Kentucky Bay, and Run Zeal Run, the first three finishers June 20 in a turf starter allowance that served as the final leg of the National Thoroughbred Racing Association All-Star Jockey Championship, all meet in the feature Sunday.

Proven Cure was a neck winner over Kentucky Bay June 20, and those two could vie for favoritism Sunday. Run Zeal Run won a photo for third in the June 20 starter, and in doing so lifted Edgar Prado to victory in the all-star competition.

Also in the feature Sunday is Honorable Pic, a stakes winner at five furlongs on turf at Calder. Honorable Pic is trained by Cole Norman, who has won 21 turf races this meet to rank as the leading turf trainer at Lone Star.

Jamie Theriot, who has the highest win percentage on turf among all riders at the meet, has the mount on Honorable Pic.

Other turf races on tap are the first, a $15,000 starter allowance at five furlongs; the third, a 7 1/2-furlong maiden race for 2-year-old fillies; the fifth, a conditioned allowance for statebreds at a mile; and the ninth, a 1 1/2-mile route for horses racing for a claiming price of $10,000.

The third race could produce starters for the $100,000 La Senorita at a mile on turf at Retama Park on Aug. 30.

There Goes Rocket may go on turf

There Goes Rocket, who improved his record to 2 for 2 with his win in the $122,500 colts and gelding division of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds June 28, could make his next start around two turns on turf, said his trainer, Sam David Jr.

There Goes Rocket will get a little break from racing after his back-to-back wins, and could return this fall in the $100,000 El Joven at a mile on turf Retama on Aug. 30. David will also look at the $100,000 colts and geldings division of the Friendship Stakes at Louisiana Downs for There Goes Rocket.

The Friendship, at six furlongs, will be run Sept. 13.

There Goes Rocket overcame extreme trouble to win his debut last month, then rallied late to take the Texas Stallion Stakes. He is by Valid Expectations, and races for Frank Fletcher Racing Operations.

Retama asks shorter Thoroughbred meet

Retama, which is the next stop for many Texas-based horsemen after Lone Star, has requested a 39-date meet for Thoroughbreds next year. Last week, Texas tracks had to submit their dates requests to the Texas Racing Commission for 2004.

The meet would be shorter than the typical 50-plus dates that Retama races Thoroughbreds. The season for next year, if approved, would run from July 23 to Sept. 25.

* Attendance at Lone Star on Thursday night was 20,138. The track put on a fireworks show and a concert with .38 Special. There were also fireworks and a concert planned for Friday.