06/03/2005 12:00AM

A second home track of sorts for Harty


Trainer Eoin Harty might be a native of Ireland and a resident of Southern California, but he is at home in Texas. He won his first Lone Star Park stakes last Monday, when R Fast Lady made it three wins in a row with her victory in the $150,000 Stonerside.

Harty's only other stakes starter at the meet was Shamoan, who finished second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby.

For Harty, successful invasions of Texas are nothing new. Harty is a former assistant to Bob Baffert, who has won just about all of the major stakes at Lone Star.

"I was very lucky there when I worked for Bob, and it looks like the luck has continued, so long may it last," said Harty.

R Fast Lady was a neck winner of the Stonerside. Before the race, she won her maiden at Santa Anita in February, and also took the $62,000 Winners' Foundation at Bay Meadows in April.

Harty said R Fast Lady will be nominated to the Grade 1, $250,000 Prioress at Belmont Park on July 9 and the Grade 3, $250,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup the same day at Calder Race Course, with the decision on her next start to be made by her owner, Stan Fulton. Both races are for 3-year-old fillies at six furlongs.

R Fast Lady is a daughter of champion sprinter Artax and Far Out Lady, who placed in two sprint stakes and earned close to $200,000.

"She's a very classy filly," Harty said of R Fast Lady. "She's very sensible. She kind of takes everything in stride."

Harty said Lone Star is one of his favorite tracks to ship to, because the staff goes out of its way to be helpful. Last week for the Stonerside, the track helped him coordinate booking of a rental car, he said.

"I said get the smallest you can get," said Harty. "So I show up at the airport, and there's a big, mongrel pickup truck. I never drove a pickup truck in my life, let alone this big mongrel. I said, I know I'm in Texas. Everything's bigger and better."

Plans pending for Mad Adam

Mad Adam swept into town May 30 for the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes and won the race by 1 1/2 lengths despite being blocked into the stretch run of the 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds. Barry Germany oversaw the horse's training while he was in Texas.

"He's already gone back to Michigan," said Germany. "I don't know what's in store for him. His regular trainer, James Jackson, only had him down here for about three weeks. I really did like the big colt. He's a big, strong, nice colt, and he ran huge."

Ro Parra owns Mad Adam, a Michigan-bred son of Service Stripe, and said Germany and Jackson, who race in different parts of the country, used a successful "tag-team" approach on the training of Mad Adam for the Pin Oak. It is not the first time the trainers have teamed together for Parra. "We did it with Born to Dance in Hot Springs," said Germany.

Dixie Meister, another 3-year-old stakes winner owned by Parra, will probably make his next start in the $125,000 Assault for Texas-breds at 1 1/16 miles at Lone Star on July 9, said Germany.

High Strike Zone's bridle broke

It seemed evident something was wrong when High Strike Zone shot to the front entering the backstretch of the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap and engaged pacesetter Yessirgeneralsir. The pair dueled, and High Strike Zone did well to hold fifth in the race, which came one start after his stalking win in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile.

"The right side of his bridle broke into the first turn, and I had no control over him," said Ricky Faul, who rode High Strike Zone. "I knew he could not run that fast early and still finish."

* Marfa's Taxes, a stakes winner, will take on improving fillies Touch of Creme and Spin Jazz Baby in the fourth race Sunday, a 1 1/16-mile optional claiming race on turf for fillies and mares. The claiming price is $40,000.