06/03/2004 11:00PM

Savorthetime graded stakes bound


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Savorthetime appears to be a rising star. She set a track record for six furlongs Monday at Lone Star Park, when she won the $100,000 Valid Expectations, and will soon advance to graded stakes company, said her trainer, Steve Asmussen.

Savorthetime was one of four stakes winners Asmussen saddled at Lone Star on Monday during the annual Lone Star Million Day program of stakes. His other winners were Academic Angel in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff; Mighty Beau in the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint; and Term Sheet in the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial.

Savorthetime turned heads when she ran six furlongs in 1:07.82, lowering the mark of 1:07.89 set by Beau's Town last month when he won the $75,000 Ford Express Stakes. It was the second straight daylight win for Savorthetime.

"How good is she? I don't know," said Asmussen, who trains Savorthetime for Brenda and Philip Robertson. "She's awesome physically and mentally. She's a rare gem."

Savorthetime's four-length win in the Valid Expectations was the second powerful performance she has turned in this meet. She also won an allowance by 3 3/4 lengths, using the same off-the-pace tactics she used in the Valid Expectations, and was timed in 1:08.20.

Asmussen is now looking to move Savorthetime, a daughter of Gilded Time, into graded stakes company. He has yet to target a specific race for her next start, but said the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland in the fall, the Grade 2 Honorable Miss at Saratoga on Aug. 6, and the Grade 3 Floral Park at Belmont Park on Sept. 18 are the kinds of races that he will look at for Savorthetime.

Shane Sellers rode Savorthetime in the Valid Expectations and was also aboard Asmussen's other three stakes winners Monday. The two men also teamed to win an overnight race, giving them five wins each on the 11-race card Monday.

Mighty Beau won the Beck by three-quarters of a length, covering five furlongs in a swift 56.33 seconds. Asmussen said he is headed next to Miami to run in the $100,000 Calder Turf Sprint Handicap during the Summit of Speed on July 10.

Asmussen has not determined the next start for Academic Angel, whose goal all year had been the WinStar. She rallied from 10th for a three-quarter-length win in the race, her third straight win. She won an allowance and the $105,000 Harry Henson at Sunland Park before taking the WinStar.

"She's just gotten better with age," said Asmussen, who trains the 5-year-old Academic Angel for Cashmark Farms.

Asmussen said his Million Day was meaningful on several fronts. His entire family attended the races. He sent out the winner of the race named for his first graded stakes winner, Valid Expectations. And he also sent out Term Sheet to win a stakes for longtime client Ackerley Brothers Farm, which raced Valid Expectations.

Layoff horse looks tough

I'm the Business, a New Zealand-bred who has not raced since winning an allowance at Louisiana Downs on Nov. 7, returns to action in the fifth race Sunday. The one-mile turf race is an optional claimer, and it drew a field of seven.

I'm the Business shows a series of endurance-minded works for her return, and if she duplicates her last start she could be tough to handle. Anthony Lovato has the mount for trainer Cole Norman. I'm the Business races for Kagele Brothers and James A. Bailey.

Among others in the race is Queena Corrina, who has won both of her starts over the turf course at Lone Star. Don Pettinger has the mount on Queen Corrina, who is making her first start back since April 2003.