05/27/2008 11:00PM

Options open for big-fig Storm Mesa


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Storm Mesa put up the year's highest Beyer Speed Figure for a 3-year-old filly on Monday, when she earned a 108 for her win in the $100,000 Cinemine Stakes at Lone Star Park. She dominated by 13 1/2 lengths in her stakes debut, and covered the seven furlongs in a sharp 1:21.56.

"It was an extremely impressive race," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Storm Mesa for Richard L. Davis.

Calhoun on Wednesday said an option for Storm Mesa's next start is the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks at 1 1/16 miles at Prairie Meadows on June 27. Storm Mesa had won back-to-back mile races by a combined 10 lengths before cutting back to seven furlongs for the Cinemine. Calhoun said an outside next-race option is the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress Breeders' Cup for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs at Belmont Park on July 5.

"We haven't figured out where we're going," said Calhoun. "We're looking."

Storm Mesa won the Cinemine over a field that included stakes winners Sky Mom and Euphony. She began her career in Southern California, and won her maiden in her sixth career start in March, a one-mile maiden special weight at Fair Grounds. Storm Mesa followed that score up with an 8 1/2-length win in a first-level allowance at a mile at Lone Star on April 27. She then won the Cinemine.

"Mentally, she's matured," said Calhoun. "She's figured the game out."

Storm Mesa is a daughter of Sky Mesa and the Pleasant Colony mare Narjis Flower. She was bred in Kentucky. The Cinemine was one of six stakes worth $1.1 million here Monday, the richest day of racing in Texas.

Graded options for Boss Lafitte

Trainer Tom Amoss on Wednesday was considering the graded turf stakes coming up for Boss Lafitte, who won the $100,000 USA Stakes here Monday. The 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds was the horse's second stakes win. His first was the off-the-turf Grade 3 Transylvania at Keeneland in April. Boss Lafitte, who is out of the multiple stakes winning mare War Thief, returned to his Kentucky base Tuesday.

"His race was impressive," Amoss said of the USA. "He came from last, and went around everybody. Like a lot of Dynaformers, he's an improving horse with age. We're excited about him."

Amoss said among other races, he will look at the turf offerings at Arlington Park. The track has a series for 3-year-old turf runners, with the next race being the Grade 2, $250,000 American Derby on July 12. Boss Lafitte races for Uptown Racing.

Zenyatta flattered again

Brownie Points' win in Monday's Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff Handicap at Lone Star made her the fourth horse to come out of the Grade 1, $500,000 Apple Blossom Handicap and win her next start. Undefeated Zenyatta won the Apple Blossom, and is set to make her first start since that race on Saturday at Hollywood Park in the Grade 2, $175,000 Milady Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Brownie Points was second in the Apple Blossom. She moved back to turf for the Ouija Board, and rallied for a 1 3/4-length win, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 93. Others to come out of the Apple Blossom and win their next starts were Ginger Punch, the 2007 champion older female; Lemon Drop Mom; and Clever Strike.

Ginger Punch was third in the Apple Blossom then came back to win the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs with a Beyer Figure of 94. Lemon Drop Mom was fourth in the Apple Blossom, and one start later she won the $58,000 Winter Melody at Delaware Park with a Beyer Figure of 94. Clever Strike, who was fifth in the Apple Blossom, came back to win an allowance at Arlington in her next start, with a Beyer Figure of 82.

Hot jock on Lady Teabing in feature

Jockey Luis Quinonez, who won four races here Monday, including the Ouija Board on Brownie Points and the $100,000 Valid Expectations on Stealth Cat, will be aboard Lady Teabing in the featured ninth race Friday night at Lone Star. She will start as a leading contender in the 7 1/2-furlong turf allowance for fillies and mares.

Lady Teabing made her first start in North America here earlier this month after racing exclusively in Ireland. She rallied for second in a turf allowance, finishing 1 3/4 lengths behind Crib Kicker, who was winning her fourth straight race. Steve Asmussen trains Lady Teabing for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

Quinonez ranked third in the Lone Star standings behind leader Cliff Berry and runner-up Eddie Martin Jr. heading into the races here Thursday.