11/16/2005 1:00AM

Star of Texas tops Champions Day


Dreamsandvisions, who defeated eventual Oklahoma Derby winner Military Major two starts ago, will make his first start against Texas-breds on Saturday night in the $100,000 Star of Texas Stakes at Sam Houston Race Park.

The 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds and up will be the richest of eight stakes on the annual Texas Champions Day card. All of the races on the card are restricted to Texas-breds. The stakes offer total purses of $475,000.

Entries for the races were taken on Wednesday, and Dreamsandvisions drew post 8 in a field of 9 for the Star of Texas.

"That's fine," said Steven Duke, who trains Dreamsandvisions. "We're a late-running horse, so post position doesn't really make a lot of difference with us."

Dreamsandvisions closed from next to last to win the $50,000 Donnie Wilhite Memorial on the Super Derby undercard at Louisiana Downs in his last start, on Oct. 1. Prior to that race, he won a seven-furlong allowance over Military Major, who went on to run fourth in the Super Derby and win the $150,000 Oklahoma Derby.

Dreamsandvisions on Wednesday made the five-hour van ride from his Louisiana Downs base to Sam Houston. Duke said he planned to gallop Dreamsandvisions on Thursday morning and school him in the paddock Thursday night at Sam Houston.

Luis Quinonez has the mount Saturday.

Dixie Meister, another stakes-winning 3-year-old, drew post 4 for the Star of Texas. Dixie Meister will be making his first start since July, when he finished fourth in the $125,000 Assault for Texas-breds at Lone Star Park.

The complete field from the rail with riders is Super Itron, Daniel Boudreau; Tiki Island, Adrian Ramos; Agrivating General, Casey Lambert; Dixie Meister, Roman Chapa; Miswaki Mac, Bobby Walker Jr.; Crook's Lad, Don Simington; Fly Slama Jama, Larry Taylor; Dreamsandvisions; and Record Assembly, Omar Rodriguez.

There are 10 races on the card, with a pair of starter allowances completing the program. Forecasters are calling for sunny skies on Saturday with a high of 70 and a low of 42. First post is 7 p.m. Central.

* Advance wagering on the entire Texas Champions Day card will be available ontrack on Friday.