06/01/2004 11:00PM

Pacific or Prairie?


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Yessirgeneralsir will be given every chance to advance to the $4 million Breeders' Cup Classic, which this year will be held in his home state of Texas at Lone Star Park. One of the paths he could take to get to that race includes the Grade 1, $1 million Pacific Classic at Del Mar Aug. 22.

Yessirgeneralsir, a Texas-bred, turned in a flashy performance here Monday when he wired the field in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap at 12-1. He covered 1 1/16 miles in a sharp 1:41.29 and earned a 104 Beyer Speed Figure.

"He has so much natural speed and he can carry it," said Dallas Keen, who trains Yessirgeneralsir for Jim Jackson. "I don't think we've even come close to seeing his full potential yet.

"Our main goal is to try and point him to the Breeders' Cup. We have a little more to prove yet."

While the Pacific Classic has been discussed as a summer goal for Yessirgeneralsir, another race on the radar is the Grade 3, $300,000 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup at Prairie Meadows on July 3.

"We've got several different options we're looking at with him," said Keen. "Jim and I are getting together in the next week to make a final decision on what we're going to do."

Yessirgeneralsir won the Lone Star Park Handicap in his eighth career start. Prior to that race, he ran third in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile, which was run in the mud. In another start, Yessirgeneralsir came within a hundredth of a second of equaling the Fair Grounds track record for a mile and 40 yards when he won an allowance in 1:38.53.

Yessirgeneralsir is a 4-year-old son of Patton and the mare Honeydoon, who is a half-sister to six-time stakes winner Sambacarioca, an earner of $296,407. Jackson purchased Honeydoon from Jack Garey, who raced multiple Grade 1 winner Heritage of Gold several years ago. Jackson has a half-sister to Yessirgeneralsir named Lahdeanah in training with Keen.

"It looks like she can really run, too," said Jackson.

"She looks a lot like him," added Keen. "She's not too long [from running]. She got gate-okayed a few days ago."

Lahdeanah is by the sire Crafty. Honeydoon was bred back this year to Grindstone.

* The Lone Star Park Handicap was one of seven stakes run Monday during the annual Lone Star Million Day program. Attendance for the card was 15,648, while handle from all sources was $4.1 million. A special double linking the Lone Star Park Handicap and the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff, won by 12-1 shot Academic Angel, paid $850.40.

* Storm Breaking, who has won 2 of 3 career starts, is the one to beat in the featured seventh race Friday night. The 6 1/2-furlong optional claimer for fillies and mares drew a field of seven. Don Pettinger has the mount on Storm Breaking for Pin Oak Stable and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.