12/04/2003 12:00AM

Shorter distance in Cy-Fair fits Souris


Souris will return to what is arguably her best distance when she runs in the $35,000 Cy-Fair Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park on Saturday night. The field for the Cy-Fair, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies, also includes Real Bear, a recent allowance winner, and Crow Jane, who invades from Fair Grounds.

Souris shortens up in distance for the Cy-Fair, and the move seems to suit her since her last win came over seven furlongs in the $75,000 Wishing Well at Delta Downs. In her most recent start, she closed for fourth in the $100,000 Hawthorne Oaks at 1 1/16 miles.

Jeremy Beasley has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Real Bear is a candidate to wire the field. She flashed good speed in her last start, when she won a seven-furlong allowance at Retama Park. Before that race, she finished third in the $35,000 Lakeway, another seven-furlong race at Retama. Kerwin Clark has the mount for trainer Jack Bruner.

Crow Jane, who was a sharp allowance winner at Turfway Park two starts ago, will take a meaningful class drop for the Cy-Fair. She last raced in the Grade 3 Thoroughbred Club of America at Keeneland but did not show her customary speed, finishing 10th. Since that race, Crow Jane, a daughter of Indian Charlie, has been working sharply at Fair Grounds.

Frank Lovato, Jr., has the mount for trainer Jeffrey Thornbury.