07/09/2002 11:00PM

Parting returns in Silver Spur BC after failing at 1-5


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Parting is out for revenge. She finished second at 1-5 last month in a division of the $122,500 Texas Stallion Stakes, and she returns Sunday in the $100,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park.

Parting won her first career start, June 3, by 12 lengths, earning an 84 Beyer Speed Figure. She made her stakes debut one race later in the Texas Stallion Stakes, and went out quickly in the 5 1/2-furlong race. She ran the opening quarter in 21.76 seconds before being overtaken in the stretch by Tiffany Jennifer.

"She went 21 and change and that's just too fast for her," said Cindy Navarre, who trains Parting. "That's too fast for an older horse, much less a little 2-year-old second time out.

"She came out of the race super. She was, if anything, mad about getting outrun. She knows what winning is and she likes to win, and she wants revenge."

Parting could get it Sunday. She has worked very well for the Silver Spur, for 2-year-old fillies going six furlongs, including a five-furlong drill in 58.60 seconds. Ted Gondron, who since the Texas Stallion Stakes has become the first-call rider for Navarre, picks up the mount in the Silver Spur.

Navarre has about a dozen 2-year-olds in training at Lone Star, and is also pointing recent maiden winner Shady Summer for the Silver Spur. For the male equivalent of the race, the $100,000 Middleground Stakes on Saturday, she will send out High Octave.

The 2-year-olds race for LOR Stables, which is owned by Art and Stephanie Preston. Navarre became a private trainer for the couple a year ago, and after the Lone Star meet will take their horses to Retama Park near San Antonio.

Parting is eligible for the $100,000 La Senorita there on Aug. 31, as well as another division of the Texas Stallion Stakes on Oct. 12.

Among the older horses Navarre will have at Retama are Lampedusa, a 5-year-old half-brother to champion Unbridled and Grade 1 winner Cahill Road who won an optional claiming race Sunday. He is being pointed to the $50,000 Retama Turf Cup Aug. 10.

Maysville Slew to Arapahoe

Maysville Slew, winner of the $100,000 Independence Breeders' Cup last Thursday at Louisiana Downs, and Hallelujah Hit, a fast maiden winner last Sunday at Lone Star, are both headed to Arapahoe Park in Colorado for trainer C.R. Trout.

Maysville Slew is under consideration for the $75,000 Arapahoe Handicap there Sept. 1, with his main goal this fall being to defend his title in the $100,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap on Sept. 22.

Hallelujah Hit, an imposing 3-year-old son of Irgun, was the fastest six-furlong maiden winner of the meet when he led throughout to win his debut by 2 3/4 lengths in 1:09.89.

Trout said he wants to stretch out Hallelujah Hit around two turns in the $50,000 Prelude Stakes over 1 1/16 miles at Louisiana Downs on Aug. 31. A good performance would send Hallelujah Hit to the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 21.

"He should stretch out," said Trout. "It will be easier on him than sprinting."

Hallelujah Hit is a half-brother to stakes winner Homefieldhit.

* Tony Calo, track announcer at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, will call the races for the remainder of the Lone Star meet for Michael Wrona, who is in Australia following a family death. Calo was to begin calling on Thursday night. The meet ends Sunday.

* An unusually strong trainer angle for Steve Asmussen will be at work in the featured eighth race Thursday night when Far Away Bell switches from turf to dirt for a six-furlong entry-level allowance race worth $28,000.