02/18/2004 12:00AM

Sam Houston: Rebel next for 'Rocket'


There Goes Rocket, who won the $75,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes last Saturday night at Sam Houston, is scheduled to make his next start in the $200,000 Rebel for 3-year-olds at Oaklawn Park on March 20, said his trainer, Sam David Jr.

There Goes Rocket, returning from a brief layoff, was a game winner of the Texas Stallion Stakes.

"We thought he put in a great effort," David said. "The race was typical of him. He tries every time he goes over there."

There Goes Rocket, who was Texas's champion 2-year-old colt last year, has won 5 of 7 starts and $244,500. He is owned by Arkansas businessman Frank Fletcher and was ridden by E.J. Perrodin. There Goes Rocket is based at Fair Grounds.

Native Annie, who was an 8 3/4-length winner of the fillies division of the Texas Stallion on Saturday night at Sam Houston, could make her next start in an open-company stakes, too. She is undefeated in three starts for Stonerside Stable and trainer Michael Stidham.

"We're tickled to death with the way she's performing," said John Adger, racing manager for Stonerside. "We're going to nominate her to some different races like the Honeybee and Fair Grounds Oaks."

The $75,000 Honeybee will be run at Oaklawn on March 6, while the Grade 2, $300,000 Fair Grounds Oaks is the same day.

* Sam Houston will hold a golf tournament to benefit the Jockey Crisis Fund at Longwood Golf Course on March 8. A silent auction will take place at the track on March 6 and will include "Seabiscuit" memorabilia autographed by Gary Stevens.

* Prime Time Man set a track record for 4 1/2 furlongs on Feb. 12. He covered the distance in 51.70 seconds, lowering the mark of 51.93 set by Angels Lady on May 4, 1997.