10/22/2001 11:00PM

Shifting location and surface


Maysville Slew, who won last month's $100,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap on turf, will return to racing on dirt Saturday in the Grade 3, $150,000 Fayette Stakes at Keeneland. The race will be the first of two Kentucky starts for the horse, who is also being pointed for the Grade 2, $400,000 Clark Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 23.

Last year, Maysville Slew finished third in the Clark at 51-1.

"He is so much better as an individual than he was [a year ago]," said C.R. Trout, who trains Maysville Slew, a Grade 3 winner of $532,250. "He has really matured."

Following his Clark appearance, Maysville Slew placed in two Grade 3 stakes at Oaklawn Park this spring before finishing seventh in the Grade 1 Oaklawn Handicap in April. He came out of that race with a bone chip in his left ankle, and has since had surgery to remove it. "He's really come back with a will to want to run," said Trout.

In his first start back from the layoff, Maysville Slew finished a sharp second in an optional claiming race at his home base of Remington Park on Aug. 24. He followed up that race with a nose win over Northcote Road in the Louisiana Downs Handicap.

On Tuesday, Maysville Slew vanned to Kentucky. James Lopez has the mount in the Fayette. After Maysville Slew's races up north, he will be pointed for the $100,000 Maxxam Gold Cup on dirt at Sam Houston Race Park on Jan. 19, and the track's $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup on turf Feb. 23.

Chausson Poire to Mrs. Revere

Chausson Poire, who won three straight turf stakes at Louisiana Downs before capturing the Grade 3 Valley View last Saturday at Keeneland in a dead heat with Cozzy Corner, arrived back home in Bossier City, La., early Tuesday. She could return to Kentucky next month for the Grade 2, $150,000 Mrs. Revere Stakes at Churchill Downs on Nov. 17, said Nadean Knipe, assistant to trainer Duane Knipe.

Champs Elysees, who traveled to Keeneland with Chausson Poire and ran fifth in the Bryan Station Stakes, is under consideration for the Grade 3 Cardinal Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 10, said Knipe. Last month at Louisiana Downs, Champs Elysees won the $150,000 River Cities Breeders' Cup.

Knipe and Russell Woolsey, regular rider on both fillies, will team together on turf Thursday with Ellis Island, who runs in the featured ninth race at Louisiana Downs.

New horizons for Mr Ross

Mr Ross, who improved his earnings to $904,816 when he won the $90,000 Classic Stakes on Sunday at Remington Park, could venture to Fair Grounds or Sam Houston for the first time in his career over the winter before running back through the same stakes he competed in this spring at Oaklawn Park.

His next start, however, will likely come in his backyard at Remington Park in the $75,000 Governor's Cup Handicap on Nov. 24.

"Something we are considering, depending on how he runs here, is going down to the Fair Grounds or Houston with him and running a time or two," said trainer Donnie Von Hemel. "Since we gave him a little more time off this summer, we're considering it."

Mr Ross's agenda also included the $75,000 Remington Green Handicap on Nov. 3, but officials canceled the race Tuesday after it was determined it could not be held on turf as scheduled because the course was hit with an early freeze.

* Retama Park closes out its 51-day meet Saturday night, and it appears Steve Bourque has locked up the riding title in his first season at the track. Heading into the race week, he led defending champ Roman Chapa by 17 wins. Among trainers, Danny Pish looks to take down his third straight title at Retama.