06/22/2005 11:00PM

Our Love back with females


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Our Love, who beat up on male rivals in her last start, will return to racing with fillies and mares Saturday in the $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes at Lone Star Park.

She should go favored in the five-furlong turf race on the strength of her 4 3/4-length allowance score against males, her stellar grass record, and her pedigree. Our Love is a full sister to Leslie's Love, a winner of more than $600,000 who captured the Miller Lite in 2002.

Our Love last raced on May 19, winning a Louisiana Downs turf sprint at about five furlongs in 56.78 seconds. She was entered in the race after turf sprints for fillies and mares did not fill, said her trainer, Jeff Trosclair.

"She responded very well," he said. "Her four turf races have been outstanding. She's won three and was only beaten a half-length in a $100,000 open-company stakes at Fair Grounds."

Our Love tried turf for the first time in September 2004, and won an entry-level allowance race. She returned the next month to capture the $40,000 Majorette Handicap at five furlongs on turf at Louisiana Downs, and in January finished third to Ambition Unbridled in the $100,000 Leggio Memorial on the turf at Fair Grounds.

Our Love worked three furlongs in 35.80 seconds on Sunday in her final prep for the Miller Lite.

Our Love has natural speed and figures to be prominent from post 2.

"She's pretty versatile," said Trosclair. "She'll be up near the pace, but she doesn't have to be in front to win."

John Jacinto, the leading rider at Louisiana Downs, will ship in for the mount. Our Love, who is by Combat Ready and out of the mare Your Love, races for Alane Inc.

The biggest late threats to Our Love include Hortense, who finished fourth last out in the $70,000 Excitable Lady at Churchill Downs on June 11, and Paz Ciudadana, fourth last out in the Grade 3 WinStar Distaff at one mile May 30. Those two start as an entry for trainer Steve Asmuseen.

Report heard on alkalizing tests

The Texas Racing Commission on Wednesday heard a report on an informational testing program for alkalizing agents conducted at Lone Star Park in May and June. From a total of 266 samples taken on random races, five positives for bicarbonates were found. The specimens were not labeled because the purpose of the program was solely to collect data.

The testing was overseen by Stewart Marsh, chief veterinarian of the racing commission.

Marsh said a final testing program that would result in disciplinary action for violators could be in place as early as September.

In other action during the commission meeting, Sam Houston will now begin its Thoroughbred meet two days later than scheduled after receiving permission from the commission to drop Wednesday, Oct. 26, and Thursday, Oct. 27, from its 2005 calendar. The meet will now start on Friday, Oct. 28.

Also during the meeting, Charla Ann King was named executive secretary of the commission. She replaces Paula Flowerday, who because of family commitments is moving to northern Texas. The Texas Racing Commission is based in the state capital of Austin.

King has a governmental background and last served as a senior policy advisor for Ron Lehman, a commissioner on the Texas Workforce Commission.