06/21/2004 12:00AM

Red-hot Berry wins again in Dallas Turf Cup


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Lone Star Park's results over the past few weeks have looked a lot like the charts from Remington Park - many of the winners are being ridden by Cliff Berry.

Berry, who is a nine-time title winner at Remington, has been the hottest rider at Lone Star the last three weeks. He kicked the tempo up a notch on Saturday when he guided 8-year-old Maysville Slew to a 21-1 upset in the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup.

Berry was quick to credit the horse after the race, but to his credit, he put in a well-timed ride, getting up to win by a neck over Southern California invader Star Over the Bay.

"He'd run 64 times, so he knew what to do," Berry said of Maysville Slew.

Berry has won 20 races at Lone Star since June 1, for a 26-percent win rate. He ranks second in the standings to Eddie Martin Jr., 67 wins to 56. The rider, 41, will move his tack to Remington following the close of Lone Star on July 11. Remington will open on Aug. 6.

Maysville Slew came out of the Dallas Turf Cup in good order and will get some time off, trainer C.R. Trout said. With his win in the race, Maysville Slew became a millionaire. He is a 10-time stakes winner who now has earnings of $1,007,609.

Experience edge to Miss Jazzy

An entry-level allowance race can be an interesting mix of young horses with talent and older, more experienced rivals stepping up from the claiming ranks. Miss Jazzy is the latter. A 6-year-old mare, she is a six-time winner which makes her the most accomplished runner in the featured eighth race Wednesday night at Lone Star.

Adding to her cause is the fact that she was blocked near the quarter pole last out when finishing a close fourth in a $20,000 claimer. That race was run around two turns on turf, the same trip Miss Jazzy will travel in the entry-level allowance Wednesday.

Miss Jazzy's last win came two starts ago at a mile on turf at Louisiana Downs. She has a strong closing kick, and should have enough speed to fuel that late run. Ted Gondron has the mount on Miss Jazzy for trainer Bob Schultz.

Among the young horses challenging Miss Jazzy are Soft n' Loud, a maiden winner who was third at this level last out, and Dancinasfastasican, a 3-year-old who meets winners for the first time after a strong maiden win. Berry has the mount on Dancinasfastasican for leading trainer Steve Asmussen.

Leslie's Love favored for Miller Lite

Leslie's Love, who has finished first or second in 12 of her last 13 starts, should go favored Saturday in the $50,000 Miller Lite Stakes. A five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares, others considered possible for the race are Fleeta Dif, Big Score, Joyce Ann and Nikki's Growl, according to Lone Star stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg.

Leslie's Love won the Miller Lite in 2002. In her most recent start, she won the $50,000 Suthern Accent Stakes at Louisiana Downs on June 6. She is trained by Troy Young.

Apprentice jock came back to win

Apprentice Amanda Crandall did not ride Friday or Saturday to heal from minor injuries sustained in a spill Thursday night, but she returned with vigor on Sunday. She won the second race with Texas Legend ($15.60) and the eighth with Hero's Taps ($25.20).

TurfExpress claims three horses

Matt Crawford, a past identifier at Lone Star who joined the Turf Express racing team as a bloodstock agent last year, claimed three horses on behalf of Turf Express on Sunday. Crawford had trained before his position with Lone Star.