07/16/2005 11:00PM

Shaky Town caps stakes double for Norman


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Shaky Town won the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial at Lone Star Park and gave his trainer, Cole Norman, his second stakes win in just over an hour on Sunday. Earlier in the afternoon, Norman won the $50,000 Hallowed Dreams at Louisiana Downs with Where Is My Daddy.

Norman has divisions of his stable at both tracks, and was at Lone Star for the final card of the meet on Sunday.

Shaky Town ($12.40) angled to the outside of the speed in the first turn of the Bob Johnson, and sat about a length and a half off of Runaway Choice, who led the field through an opening quarter in 24.58 seconds and a half-mile in 47.99.

Shaky Town drew even with Runaway Choice midway on the final turn, put a head in front in the stretch, and drove clear, covering the one-mile over a track rated fast in 1:36.32.

"When I called on him at the quarter pole, he was full of run for me," said Jamie Theriot, who rode Shaky Town.

The Bob Johnson was Theriot's seventh stakes win of the meet at Lone Star.

Shaky Town won by two and a quarter lengths over Majestic Thief. It was another neck back in third to Runaway Choice. High Strike Zone, the 3-5 favorite, finished fifth after being buried along the inside for much of the Bob Johnson.

Shaky Town earned $45,000 for the win, which was his sixth from 16 starts. He has now earned $193,767. Shaky Town is a 5-year-old gelding by Peaks and Valleys, and he races for Gary and Mary West Stables, Inc.

* Saf Link ($6.40) became the first horse to win five races during a Lone Star meet on Sunday, when he captured the 11th and final race of the season. Saf Link was up late to win a $10,000 claiming race over a mile and a sixteenth. He was never beaten this meet at Lone Star, a five-win streak that started in a $4,000 claiming race May 6. Saf Link then won a $5,000 claiming race May 27; a $7,500 claiming race June 17; and another $7,500 race July 2 before his score Sunday.

Joe Petalino trains Saf Link for Royal Oaks Thoroughbreds. Quincy Hamilton rode Saf Link in all of his starts this meet at Lone Star.