11/20/2003 12:00AM

Questionable Past gets doubly tested in Miss Houston


Questionable Past, who has not been tested in three starts on dirt, will take on two Steve Asmussen-trained fillies in the $35,000 Miss Houston Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night. The seven-furlong race for 2-year-old fillies drew six, including leading contenders Bigtimeaffair and Rare Glitter, both of whom are trained by Asmussen.

Questionable Past has won three of her four starts, with her lone defeat coming in a two-turn turf race in her debut in August. After that start, she stormed to a 9 1/2-length maiden win over 5 1/2 furlongs at Retama.

Questionable Past then won an entry-level allowance sprint by six lengths, and a second allowance by 4 1/2 lengths.

Trained Jim Hudson, Questionable Past used front-running tactics in two of her races but has also been willing to stalk the pace, and her versatility makes her even more appealing in the Miss Houston. Cathleen Garner has the mount on Questionable Past, a daughter of Petionville, for Long Odds Racing Stable.

Asmussen, who won four stakes last Saturday at Sam Houston, will send out maiden winner Bigtimeaffair, who is a daughter of Arch, and Rare Glitter, a one-other-than allowance winner in her last start Nov. 5.

Jeremy Beasley, who rode all of Asmussen's stakes winners last Saturday, has the mount on Bigtimeaffair, while Roman Chapa will ride the more experienced Rare Glitter.

The field is completed by maidens Conquistador's Joy, Melika Music, and Princess Cara.