08/28/2002 11:00PM

Royal Mambo streaks into El Joven


Royal Mambo will have to beat stakes winner Leo's Last Hurrahy to win his fourth straight race Saturday night in the $100,000 El Joven Stakes at Retama Park near San Antonio. The one-mile turf race for 2-year-old colts and geldings shares a card with its female counterpart, the $100,000 La Senorita, and both races drew full fields of 12.

Royal Mambo has come to hand quickly for trainer Ed Dodwell. After finishing third in his debut May 1, he won his next three starts, winning at two turns and turf in his most recent race, a prep for the El Joven at Retama.

"He sure handles the turf," said Dodwell, who trains Royal Mambo for Ironwater Farms Joint Venture.

"He's a Kingmambo out of a Royal Academy mare, so he's kind of bred like a lawnmower."

Royal Mambo will be the first El Joven starter for Dodwell, who with his wife, Caroline, is known far and wide with his work with 2-year-olds. This year alone, the couple broke 87 young horses on their farm outside of Dallas.

Dodwell said attitude is one of Royal Mambo's greatest assets. "He's very professional," Dodwell said. "He's very sure of himself, very cocky.

"He has a nose for the wire."

Marlon St. Julien, who has ridden Royal Mambo in three of his four career starts, has the call in the El Joven.

Casey Lambert will ride Leo's Last Hurrahy, who makes both his turf and two-turn debut in the El Joven. This summer, Leo's Last Hurrahy was considered one of the top 2-year-olds at Lone Star Park after he won his first three starts, including a division of the $150,000 Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity.

Bob Young trains Leo's Last Hurrahy for owner Ken Murphy.

The La Senorita drew a well-matched group of fillies, including Sea Bloom, who finished second last out in the $100,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup at Lone Star; the Danny Pish-trained pair of U K Trick, a 12-length winner in her last start, and the promising On Silver Wings; and Amiga, an impressive maiden winner for trainer John Locke.

Sea Bloom will attempt two turns for the first time, and is bred to relish the added distance as a daughter of Sea Hero. In her last start, she set a fast pace and held well to finish second, beaten a neck by Confiding Winner in the Silver Spur on July 14.

Since the race, she has prepped for the La Senorita by working six furlongs on the Louisiana Downs turf in a bullet 1:14.20. Trainer Sam David Jr. has given the mount to E.J. Perrodin.

Prep for Super Derby

Remember the Party gets back to his best surface, the dirt, for the $50,000 Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds at Louisiana Downs on Saturday that offers the winner a free berth into the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby on Sept. 21.

Remember the Party tried turf last out and did not seem to handle the surface. The last time he raced on the main track he finished a fast-closing second over six furlongs in the $40,000 Airline Stakes. Prior to that race, he won a two-turn allowance at Lone Star. Trainer Cole Norman has given the mount to Anthony Lovato

Others of note in the 10-horse field include Walk in the Snow, winner of the $40,000 Arcadia over six furlongs in July, and De Real Deal, fourth last out in the Airline.