09/29/2004 12:00AM

Several locals pointing


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Most horses pointing for the Breeders' Cup will ship in the week of the event, but there is a small contingent of locals hoping to be part of the most important day in the history of Lone Star Park.

The biggest participant with local ties could be trainer Steve Asmussen, who will be shooting for his sixth Lone Star title during the 19-night Breeders' Cup meet that opens Friday night.

The nation's leading trainer in wins, Asmussen has a full barn pointing for the fall season. Among his Breeders' Cup hopefuls are Bwana Charlie, who will run in the $100,000 Alysheba on Saturday.

"He's been a very nice horse," said Asmussen. "He's won two graded stakes this year."

Asmussen said the Alysheba gives Bwana Charlie the benefit of an out over the track, and with a good performance he could become a candidate for the Breeders' Cup Sprint. Bwana Charlie is not the only BC Sprint candidate in Asmussen's stable, which has divisions around the country. Asmussen said Cuvee and star filly Lady Tak could also be considered for the race.

"It's a possibility," he said of starting Lady Tak against the boys in the Sprint. "It depends on a lot of things. We're trying to decide what to do."

Asmussen also said Punch Appeal, winner of the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies, is a possibility for the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies.

Bwana Charlie is taking advantage of the opening weekend stakes program that was designed to offer preps for the Breeders' Cup. There are four Breeders' Cup funded races: the $100,000 Silver Spur on Friday, the Alysheba on Saturday, and the $100,000 Middleground and $100,000 Yellow Rose on Sunday.

"We wanted to start off with a strong weekend," said Larry Craft, Lone Star's director of racing. "Anyone locally that runs well, they might consider the Breeders' Cup. That's the purpose of the stakes, to at least give them an opportunity to run."

Other locals with Breeders' Cup aspirations include Gold Storm, who worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Lone Star on Tuesday. Trainer Bubba Cascio said Gold Storm will make his next start in the Grade 3 Phoenix Breeders' Cup, and with a one-two-three showing would point for the BC Sprint. In his last start, Gold Storm won the $150,000 Arlington Sprint.

Beau's Town will be entered in the BC Sprint if he continues to train well, said his owner, Dave Hulkewicz. Earlier this year, he set a six-furlong track record at Lone Star.

Beau's Town is trained by Cole Norman, who also manages Pie N Burger. In his last start, Pie N Burger ran second to Roses in May. Last year, Pie N Burger was pre-entered in the Breeders' Cup but ran instead on the undercard and won the $150,000 Seabiscuit.

Horses shipping in from North America for the BC will be placed in individual shedrows at Lone Star, which does not have a stakes barn. European horses will be based in a quarantine barn located near the sales pavilion at Lone Star.

And the shippers won't all be coming for the BC. Some will take on the locals in other stakes at Lone Star.

"We've had some response from people who are coming in for Breeders' Cup races that are going to bring horses for the other races on the card, or for Friday or Sunday," said Craft.

Aside from the eight Breeders' Cup races, Lone Star has four $100,000 stakes Oct. 30.

Day tour stops at Lone Star

Hall of Fame rider Pat Day, who is touring the country to benefit local chapters of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America, will be at Lone Star on Friday. He will host a luncheon at noon, then ride in two races. Lone Star is his seventh stop on a 10-track tour, which ends at Thistledown on Oct. 7.

The tour winds down so Day can concentrate full time on Keeneland, but it will not be the end of Day's mission to spread the gospel and support chaplains around the country. "It will be in the works continually, schedule permitting," said Day.

He plans to make a tour stop in Puerto Rico in December, then at some point will go to Jamaica.

During the tour, Day has helped raise $75,000 for the chaplaincy chapters at the tracks where he has ridden, and projections are that he will raise a total of $125,000 by the end of the tour, said Ed Donnally, director of development for the RTCA.

But finances are not the best way to measure the impact of the tour, said Donnally. "Some of the things that are most important to us are also some things that numbers aren't really recorded on," he said. "We do know that lives have been changed."

Tickets for the Lone Star luncheon are $50. Later this meet, Steve Cauthen and Chris Lincoln will co-host the RTCA's second annual White Horse Award Luncheon on Oct. 28.

* Michael Gill, the nation's leading owner, has sent a full barn of horses to Lone Star for the first time. The horses will be trained by Gammy Vazquez. Vazquez plans to use several local riders, including defending champ Eddie Martin, who is scheduled to return from a collarbone injury the weekend of Oct. 8.

Lone Star Park

Location: 1000 Lone Star Parkway, Grand Prairie, Texas, 75050, at Interstate-30 and Beltline Road.

Phone: (972) 263-RACE

Internet: www.lonestarpark.com


Oct. 1 Pat Day to ride on opening night.

Oct. 3 Jeremy Wariner, Olympic Gold medalist in the men's 400 meters and 4 X 400 meters relay team, will be honored.

Oct. 4 Benefit golf tournament for local chapter of the Racetrack Chaplaincy of America.

Oct. 5 Official Breeders' Cup statue to be placed in paddock at Lone Star.

Oct. 18 Deadline for Breeders' Cup pre-entries at noon Central time.

Oct. 20 Breeders' Cup pre-entries announced.

Oct. 21-29 Lone Star to be host for workout shows each morning starting at 5:30 a.m. Central.

Oct. 22-24 FanFest Texas . . . The Experience, a festival of horseracing exhibits.

Oct. 23 Will Farish and Nelson Bunker Hunt to be inducted into the Texas Horse Racing Hall of Fame after the races.

Oct. 24 Ninth annual Breeders' Cup Preview Party, with free handicapping seminar.

Oct. 25 Benefit golf tournament for The Jockey Club Foundation.

Oct. 27 Post-position draw for the Breeders' Cup World Thoroughbred Chanmpionships.

Oct. 28 International Jockey Championship. Advance wagering on the Breeders' Cup begins. FanFest Joe Fan Party after the races - meet and greet Breeders' Cup trainers and jockeys. Tickets free to the first 7,000 people to make reservations by calling (972) 237-8100. Handicapping seminar after the races, featuring television personalities Randy Moss of ESPN and John McCririck of England.

Oct. 29 All-Star Announcers Day, with different racecallers during the 11-race card. Breeders' Cup party at Gilley's Dallas after the races. For tickets, call 888-Gilleys.

Oct. 30 Breeders' Cup Day. Parking and admission gates open at 7 a.m. Central, with selected mutuel windows to open at 7:30. All other windows open at 8:30. Opening ceremonies for the Breeders' Cup start at 10:30 a.m., with first post on the 12-race card at 11:40 a.m.