11/03/2005 12:00AM

Sam Houston: A closer and stalker for Locke


Trainer John Locke appears to have both ends of the pace spectrum covered Saturday night with his coupled entry of Fly Slama Jama and Oncearoundtwice in the $40,000 Buffalo Bayou at Sam Houston Race Park.

A competitive field of 12 will go in the Buffalo Bayou, a 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds and up, including Middleweight, Crowned King, and Charming Socialite.

Fly Slama Jama enters the Buffalo Bayou off a fourth-place finish in a quick-paced $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes at Retama on Oct. 1. Oncearoundtwice was a troubled second in the track's $40,000 No Le Hace on Oct. 15.

Both drew outside posts for the Buffalo Bayou.

"Fly Slama Jama usually likes to lay up close, and we won't keep him from it," said Locke. "And then, of course, we'll try to get back off the pace with Oncearoundtwice and see if we can finish some with him."

Oncearoundtwice used his late run to win the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint at Lone Star Park in May, and last out he rallied strongly despite being fanned seven wide in the No Le Hace.

Justin Shepherd will ride Oncearoundtwice, and Guadalupe Macias Jr. will ride Fly Slama Jama.

Middleweight could go favored on the heels of his third-place finish in the $125,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap in his last start Oct. 2. One start before, he won the $50,000 Sport City at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 4. Trainer Al Stall Jr. has given the mount to Gerard Melancon.