08/23/2005 11:00PM

Retama Park track report


Perfect Drift, the 6-year-old who ran second in the Grade 1 Pacific Classic last Sunday, is just a baby in the Stonecrest Farm stable of William Reed. The owner also races the Retama Park-based Proven Cure, who has registered two of his three career stakes wins this year - at the age of 11.

Proven Cure picked up his fifth straight win on Aug. 6 in the $40,000 Brother Brown at Remington Park. Also during his streak, which began in February, Proven Cure captured the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup.

"The longevity of Dr. Reed's horses can be attributed directly to him," said John Locke, who trains Proven Cure. "I just think he takes really good care of his horses. He takes his time with them. He doesn't overrun his horses. He spreads their races out."

Locke, who is tied atop the trainer standings at Retama, said next-race plans have yet to be determined for Proven Cure. Locke has won seven races at the young Retama meet, as has Jim Bausch, and Locke also leads all trainers in earnings with $98,200.