06/19/2005 11:00PM

Sea Dub's $109.40 sets record

Lone Star Park
Sea Dub (outside), a 53-1 shot, defeats Fullbridled in the Dallas Turf Cup. The $109.40 payoff for a $2 win ticket broke the track record for a stakes.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Joe Petalino has been something of a giant killer this meet at Lone Star Park.

On Saturday, he sent out Sea Dub to win the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at 53-1, and in defeating 9-5 favorite Fullbridled by a head, the horse broke an 8-year-old record for a stakes payoff at Lone Star, returning $109.40.

Even before then, there had been a precedent with Petalino. On the meet's opening night, he sent out Rare Cure to win the $50,000 Premiere by a neck over 3-5 favorite Yessirgeneralsir. Rare Cure was 15-1, and the upset was actually his second at Lone Star. Last year, he won the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at 9-1 by a neck over 2-5 favorite Pie N Burger.

Rare Cure is being pointed for the $125,000 Assault for Texas-breds on July 9, Petalino said, while plans are pending for Sea Dub, who picked up his third career stakes win in the Dallas Turf Cup.

"We'll give him just a little break, then see what we're going to do," said Petalino, a former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Jack Van Berg and once the regular exercise rider on Alysheba.

Petalino said Sea Dub will be considered for the $125,000 DeBartolo Memorial Breeders' Cup at 1 1/8 miles at Remington on Sept. 5, and the $125,000 Harrah's Louisiana Downs Breeders' Cup Handicap on turf at Louisiana Downs on Oct. 2.

Sea Dub was fourth in the Louisiana Downs Handicap last year, and also won that track's $75,000 Independence Handicap in 2004 in a field that included Waupaca, the morning-line favorite for this year's Dallas Turf Cup. More recently, Sea Dub was a close third to Waupaca in the $40,000 Connecting Terms at Lone Star on May 7.

Double for Perdue

Apprentice Marcus Perdue gained his first win as a jockey in the sixth race, when he guided Sweet Paprika ($11.80) to a one-length win in a maiden claiming race for 2-year-olds.

Perdue then scored with his next mount on the card, in the eighth, with Scoutie ($6.60). The race was also a maiden claimer for 2-year-olds. Both Scoutie and Sweet Paprika are owned by Pamela Halter and trained by John Locke.

Perdue, 19, launched his career the second weekend of the Lone Star meet in late April, and after riding a number of longshots, scored with his 66th mount. He is a native of Jacksonville, Texas.

"I've been raised around horses all my life," said Perdue. "Three years ago, I started galloping and breezing horses, and a lot of people were telling me I should [race] ride."

Perdue decided to become a jockey, and spent two years losing weight. During that time, he went from 140 pounds to 111.

"He's shown desire," said Shawn Bergquist, Perdue's agent. "He's got a good work ethic."

Bergquist said trainer Burl McBride introduced him to Perdue, who had been working horses in Louisiana. Bergquist has represented a number of top apprentices in the past, including Jeremy Beasley, Roman Chapa, Jeremy Collier, and Quincy Hamilton.

Promising group of 2-year-olds

A well-bred group of 2-year-olds will battle in the first race Wednesday night, a maiden special weight at 5 1/2 furlongs. Among them is Sing Baby Sing, a half-brother to three stakes winners including Value Plus, who was the runner-up in the Grade 1 Florida Derby in 2004.

Jack Bruner trains Sing Baby Sing, a son of Unbridled's Song, for Tom Durant, the leading owner at Lone Star.

Another entrant Wednesday is Joint Session, a half-brother to 2-year-old stakes winners Superpave, who earned more than $200,000, and Expect Will, an earner of more than $250,000. Steve Asmussen trains Joint Session, and he has given the mount to Roman Chapa.

Others of note in the field include Smart 'n Salty, a daughter of Salt Lake and Western Quality, a - Lone Star drew a meet-high crowd of 23,656 on Friday night, when the track hosted a postrace concert by Cross Canadian Ragweed.