01/29/2004 12:00AM

Sam Houston: 'Jimmy' one to catch

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In the Bucharest, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds, Jimmy Cracked Corn could be the controlling speed. He is looking for his third straight win, following scores in a maiden race at Turfway Park and an entry-level allowance at Fair Grounds. He has won his last two starts by a combined 13 1/2 lengths for owner Temple Webber Jr. Don Simington has the call from Amoss.

The chief threat in the Bucharest is Korbyn Gold, who finished second in the $150,000 Texan Juvenile in November in his last start at Sam Houston. He cut back from the two urns of the Texas Juvenile to one turn and won an allowance at Sunland Park.

Korbyn Gold is the most accomplished starter in the Bucharest, with four wins and earnings of $159,728. Two of those wins came in sprint stakes: the $70,000 Middleground Breeders' Cup at Lone Star Park in July, and the $46,000 Spectacular Bid at Arlington Park in September.

Jeremy Beasley has the mount for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable and trainer Steve Asmussen.