07/06/2001 12:00AM

Sprinter Teenytinytina stands tall in feature


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Since being claimed for $7,000 last summer at Lone Star Park, Teenytinytina has won six races and almost $100,000, and in her last start raced head to head with sprint sensation Hallowed Dreams into the stretch of the $75,000 Miller Lite Stakes.

Teenytinytina faded to sixth in the drive of that race after her rider lost his stick at the top of the stretch. It was the mare's one loss in four starts this meet, and she figures to make amends Sunday when she runs in the featured ninth race, a five-furlong turf sprint for fillies and mares worth $33,000.

The race is one of five carded for turf Sunday.

Trainer Pete Krohn claimed Teenytinytina for himself last June at Lone Star, and made two key changes with her: He began sprinting her on turf on a regular basis, and moved her from the racetrack to a farm base. "She's kind of nervous, she doesn't do good on the racetrack, so we've kept her on the farm," said Krohn.

"She used to walk her stall real bad. We took her out to the country, and now she rests and eats good. It seems some horses do real good on the racetrack, and some can't handle all that pressure. Now we ship her in the day of the race, just in time for Lasix."

The schedule has worked for Teenytinytina. She has won six races for Krohn, and has been at her best this season at Lone Star, winning a $15,000 claiming race on April 21, then capturing a $38,000 allowance over multiple stakes winner Nanie's Dinner, and a $42,500 allowance prep for the Miller Lite over multiple stakes winner Argentina Avenue. All of the races were run over five furlongs on turf at Lone Star.

Allen Dupuy will ride Teenytinytina Sunday. Teenytinytina faces six others, including Hatenot, who makes her turf debut after three strong second-place finishes to stakes-quality rivals. Steve Bourque has the mount on Hatenot for trainer Doris Hebert.

Lanerie set down until Wednesday

Lone Star's leading jockey, Corey Lanerie, who held a 17-win advantage in the standings going into the races Friday, was suspended seven calendar days for careless riding and will not return to the saddle until next Thursday. The rider was at Louisiana Downs on Tuesday to guide Nat's Big Party to victory in the $100,000 Independence Breeders' Cup Handicap.

* Aaron Gryder will ride Cheryl P. in the Grade 3 Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder Race Course on July 14, said trainer Barry Germany. In her final prep for the six-furlong race, Cheryl P. blazed five furlongs in 57 seconds last Thursday at Lone Star.

* Lone Star closes out its 74-day meet next Sunday, and over the weekend will present three major stakes: the $100,000 Middleground for 2-year-olds on Saturday [July 14], and the $100,000 Silver Spur for 2-year-old fillies, and the $75,000 Bob Johnson Memorial on July 15.

* Sam Houston Race Park in Houston set an all-time attendance record last Tuesday when a crowd of 23,648 turned out for a fireworks program and live Quarter Horse racing. The previous attendance record of 23,324 was set July 4, 1999.

* Live racing at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will not resume until Friday because the track put on a holiday program Wednesday.