06/28/2001 11:00PM

Slapstick, always on the rise, takes a drop


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Slapstick, who in her last start finished second in the $100,000 Mesquite Mile Breeders' Cup, drops to allowance company Sunday at Lone Star Park. A field of six fillies make up the field for the one-mile feature, a nonwinners-of-three-lifetime allowance worth $31,000.

Slapstick has improved with each start this meet at Lone Star for leading trainer Steve Asmussen. In her local bow on May 13 she won a six-furlong conditioned allowance by 1 1/4 lengths in 1:10.23. She returned to run second in the Mesquite Mile, defeating among others, multiple stakes winner Cheryl P.

Slapstick, who will meet older rivals for the first time Sunday, could face her biggest challenge from one of two 4-year-olds, Lillet or Mama Ruth. In her last start Lillet closed for fourth in a tough turf allowance, while Mama Ruth just missed winning a dirt allowance to Danzigca, who won again last week at Lone Star.

Gold Nugget to Retama Turf Cup

Gold Nugget, who encountered trouble when he finished eighth, beaten five lengths, in the $300,000 Dallas Turf Cup on June 16, will likely make his next start in the $50,000 Retama Turf Cup, said trainer Randy Mayfield. The 1 1/16-mile turf race is to be run Aug. 11 and will serve as Gold Nugget's springboard to Retama Park's $100,000 Texas Hall of Fame Stakes on Oct. 6.

Gold Nugget, a multiple stakes winner of $517,581, ran into trouble entering the stretch run of the Dallas Turf Cup, a race he won last year. "They knocked his rear end out from under him and he had to regroup, and at the quarter pole, when horses are making their run, you can't lose your momentum and try to get it back," said Mayfield. "He lost a lot right there, and considering he only got beat five lengths by the winner, I think he could have been third or fourth."

o Lone Star will race six consecutive days from Tuesday through Sunday. Special post on Tuesday is 5 p.m., and after the races the track will present its annual fireworks show, which last year drew a crowd of 33,805. There will be a special 1:35 p.m. post Wednesday.

o Aswhatilldois, winner of the $100,000 California Oaks, arrived on Thursday from northern California for Wednesday's $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks, a 1 1/16-mile turf stakes. Others who were to arrive Saturday for the race are Bold Answer, winner of the $100,000 Appalachian; Mysia Jo, a two-time winner on turf who finished third in the Grade 2 Fantasy; and the stakes-placed La Recherche and Plunderthepeasants.

Royal Spy headlines the Tuesday feature, the $125,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge.