11/06/2003 12:00AM

Sam Houston: Lots of speed in Katy


There appears to be no shortage of speed Saturday night in the $35,000 Katy, a seven-furlong race for 2-year-olds at Sam Houston Race Park that is headed by Appealing Secret.

In his last start, Appealing Secret captured a $50,000 optional claimer by 8 3/4 lengths over Depop, who is to run in the $100,000 Jean Lafitte on Saturday night at Delta Downs. Appealing Secret is owned and trained by Steve Asmussen, who has given the mount to Jeremy Beasley.

U K Champ, who wired a field of allowance rivals at a mile in his last start, would benefit if a duel developed in the Katy. Terry Stanton has the mount for trainer Danny Pish, who has won with 47 percent of his starters over the first two weeks of the meet at Sam Houston.

* Leo's Last Hurrahy, who won the $150,000 Sam Houston Texan Juvenile last year, will return from a layoff in the ninth race Saturday night at Sam Houston.