05/09/2003 12:00AM

Outside post can help Mr Patsy Kelly stalk


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Mr Patsy Kelly, who will face nine others in a six-furlong allowance Sunday at Lone Star Park, has something in common with Ski Bum, who won the Thursday night feature here. In his last start, Mr Patsy Kelly was second to Where's the Ring, the same horse Ski Bum finished second to one start before he won a $50,000 optional claimer Thursday.

Ski Bum hooked Where's the Ring, who has won his last three starts and is now stakes-bound, in Texas, while Mr Patsy Kelly faced Ski Bum at Oaklawn Park. When Mr Patsy Kelly and Where's the Ring met, it was in an allowance, and Where's the Ring overtook the front-running Mr Patsy Kelly for a two-length win April 2.

Mr Patsy Kelly faces several other speed types Sunday, but he has used stalking tactics to win before, and his outside post could lend itself to those tactics. Jamie Theriot has the mount for trainer Cole Norman.

Claiming brisk at Lone Star

The claim box has been busy as usual this meet at Lone Star. Through just 23 days of the 70-day meet, 80 horses have been claimed for total receipts of $1,295,000. That is an average of 3.4 claims a day and $56,304 a day in transactions between stables.

Last year, 267 horses were claimed during the 70-day meet for a total of $3,677,500.

Sentimental favorite at Manor

Swamp Rat will be a sentimental favorite Sunday in the $35,000 Tony Sanchez Miracle Mile, the closing-day feature at the Thoroughbred meet at Manor Downs near Austin. He races for Al Poujol, who died Tuesday.

Poujol, who lived in Houston, was 80 and a longtime fixture in the Texas racing and breeding industry. Among the best horses he raced was Sauvage Isn't Home, a 12-time winner who won stakes at Sam Houston and the now-defunct Trinity Meadows.

Swamp Rat faces six others in the one-mile race for Texas-breds, including Zigfire, a closer who has been facing starter foes at Lone Star, and Saint Kilian, who has been working sharp at Louisiana Downs.

Quarter Horse stakes at Sam Houston

Sam Houston Race Park, which will open for a 43-night Quarter Horse meet June 27, has budgeted 29 stakes worth more than $1 million for its 10th season. The meet will run through Sept. 7.

The highlight of the stakes schedule is the Grade 1 Sam Houston Futurity on Sept. 6. Last year the 400-yard race for 2-year-olds was worth $314,500. Other highlights include the $80,000-added MBNA Texas Challenge for 3-year-olds and upward on July 12, and the Texas Summer Showdown, a card featuring five stakes worth $175,000 in purses on July 25.

Tornado misses Remington

The tornado that ripped through the Oklahoma City area late Thursday afternoon spared Remington Park.

"As far as we know at this point, we have no damage," said R.D. Logan, general manager of Remington.

Logan said that the closest the tornado came to the track was "about eight miles," a figure he called "a rough judgment."

Logan said Remington took precautions for patrons and employees when warning sirens went off in the area. Within about a half-hour, though, the track was clear to resume simulcasting. The tornado injured at least 100 people and destroyed about 300 homes in Oklahoma.

Remington will open for a Quarter Horse meet June 27.

o The $50,000 JEH Stallion Station Stakes for fillies and mares at Lone Star next Saturday will be the stakes debut of Dazed, who is undefeated in three career starts. She has won her races by a combined 14 lengths for trainer Danny Pish.