07/12/2010 11:00PM

Solid Lone Star fillies headed to Del Mar


Fortunia and Lady Giacamo, who both have developed into fillies of note during the course of the Lone Star Park meet that ends on Sunday, are headed to Del Mar. Each is targeting separate stakes at the Southern California track, with Fortunia to be part of a small division of horses her trainer, former champion jockey Cash Asmussen, plans to have at Del Mar.

"I'm going to take four or five out there," he said.

Fortunia last raced on May 31, finishing second by a neck to Wasted Tears, one of the nation's top turf females, in the Grade 3, $200,000 Ouija Board Distaff. The one-mile turf race went in a quick 1:33.20, and Fortunia earned a career-best Beyer Figure of 98. Before that race, she had won an allowance over the turf course at Lone Star.

Asmussen said Fortunia will now be pointed for one of two races at Del Mar, the $75,000 Osunitas for fillies and mares at 1 1/16 miles on turf July 24, or the Grade 2, $150,000 San Clemente for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf July 25. Both races serve as stepping-stones to the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks at 1 1/8 miles on turf Aug. 21.

"We're going to give her a chance to point to the Oaks," Asmussen said. "She's doing well."

Fortunia is by the champion turf horse Leroidesanimaux, and is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Dionisia. She races for her breeder, Janeen Oliver.

Lady Giacamo, who went 3 for 3 at Lone Star, is now being pointed for the Grade 3, $150,000 Sorrento for 2-year-old fillies, said her trainer, Allen Milligan. The 6 1/2-furlong race is Aug. 6. Mike Smith has the mount in the Sorrento.

"There's a little connection," Milligan said. "Giacomo, Lady Giacamo, Mike Smith."

Smith, who is based in Southern California, won the Kentucky Derby on Lady Giacamo's sire, Giacomo.

During the Lone Star meet, Lady Giacamo won a maiden race, a trial race, and the $66,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity. She was also flattered Saturday, when Fastation, the runner-up in the Sales Futurity, came back to win the $100,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes. Lady Giacamo worked a bullet five furlongs in 1:00.40 at Lone Star on Sunday, and is to ship July 28, said Milligan.

Faul seeks licensing

Jeff Faul, who in 2003 was suspended six years for carrying an electrical device in a race at the now-shuttered Great Lakes Downs in Michigan, on Monday asked the Louisiana Racing Commission to be licensed as a jockey. The panel told him he must first obtain a license from Michigan, which is now racing at Pinnacle, before he can be licensed in Louisiana. Faul is from Louisiana.

Also at the meeting, Fair Grounds received approval to drop Nov. 20 from its Quarter Horse schedule. The track is hosting the Challenge Championships on Nov. 19.

Landeros shooting for record

Jockey Chris Landeros enters the final week of racing at Lone Star with a chance to set a track record for season wins by a jockey. He had 96 wins heading into Thursday night's card, with the number to beat being 102. Corey Lanerie rode a record 102 winners at Lone Star in 1999, and Cliff Berry equaled the number in 2006. Landeros leads the Lone Star standings by 41 wins over second-leading rider Junior Chacaltana.

Bret Calhoun has a 17-win lead in the trainer standings going into the races Thursday night, with 60 victories this meet at Lone Star, while Tom Durant leads all owners with 36.