10/14/2003 11:00PM

Retama Park track report


Owner Tom Durant has three talented 3-year-olds based at Retama Park, and the least-known of the three, Book Note, will make his first start at the San Antonio-area track on Friday night in the seventh race.

Book Note looks like the one to beat in the conditioned allowance based on his second-place finish to Watchem Smokey two races ago in the $50,000 Airline Stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Also at Retama, Durant has Most Feared, runner-up in the Grade 3, $500,000 Lone Star Derby in May, and Kool Humor, winner of the $100,000 Alysheba and $50,000 Prelude Stakes. All three are trained by Jack Bruner, who has won 11 of 33 starts this meet.

Durant has said he believes Book Note will develop into a stakes-quality sprinter. Kerwin Clark has the mount on the horse, who is a son of Notebook.

* Retama will close out its meet on Sunday, and the race for leading trainer could go to the wire. Danny Pish, the four-time defending champ, led Steve Asmussen, 39 wins to 34, going into the races Wednesday.

Jeremy Beasley leads the rider standings with 66 wins, while Weldon Cloninger Jr. has 47.