07/01/2005 11:00PM

Speedster takes on closer


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - The featured eighth race Monday at Lone Star Park could turn into a cat-and-mouse game between the front-running Latest Technology and closer Seneca Song.

The five-furlong turf allowance for fillies and mares carries an optional claiming price of $40,000.

Latest Technology has won two turf sprints in her last three starts and exits the quickest race of her career. In a five-furlong turf sprint that went in 56.60 seconds, she dueled through fast fractions before being overtaken late by Runs Naked. Latest Technology finished a length back in second in the race, which was run June 12.

Latest Technology has a turf record of four wins, a second, and a third from seven starts. Latest Technology is trained by Cody Autrey, who has won with 32 percent of his starters this meet to rank fifth in the standings at Lone Star. He has given the mount to Quincy Hamilton.

Seneca Song, a stakes winner at five furlongs on turf, returns to the overnight ranks after finishing sixth, beaten 2 3/4 lengths, in the $50,000 Miller Lite.

First Approval will return to the turf sprint ranks for the first time since December.

* Grandma W., fourth last out in the $135,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, will move to the maiden ranks for the seventh race, a 5 1/2-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. Justin Shepherd has the mount for trainer Steve Asmussen.

Others in the field include the first-time starter Suzy True, a daughter of Is It True and the mare Churchbell Chimes, who won seven stakes and $577,844. Suzy True worked four furlongs from the gate in 47.80. She is trained by Donnie Von Hemel.

* Voz de Colegiala ($3.40) stalked pacesetter Janeian and went on to a 1 1/2-length win in the first division of the $40,000 Fresa on Friday night at Lone Star. The overnight turf stakes for fillies and mares who have not won a stakes in 2005 was run over 1 1/16 miles, and the winner covered the distance in 1:46.09. Jamie Theriot rode Voz de Colegiala for Asmussen.

In the second division, High Pioneer ($8.20) rallied from last to first for a 1 1/2-length win over Bridal Gal, covering the distance in 1:45.91. Hamilton rode the winner for trainer Joe Offolter.