07/05/2006 11:00PM

Stars of Texas chase six big jackpots

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GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Dreamsandvisions is coming home. Bred in Texas, he will return to his native state Saturday for the $75,000 Assault at Lone Star Park after spending much of his year racing in Arkansas, Kentucky, and Louisiana.

The Assault is for Texas-breds at 1 1/16 miles, and is one of six restricted stakes on the annual Stars of Texas Day card. Together, the races are worth $465,000.

invades from Louisiana Downs, where he finished in a dead heat for second with Commander Buck in the $50,000 Barksdale at a mile on turf May 29. Commander Buck has since won the $75,000 Independence at Louisiana Downs, while Dreamsandvisions has been awaiting the Assault.

He could start as the favorite off his strong effort in the Barksdale, a race in which he did not have an ideal trip and closed fast late, finishing a half-length behind the winner, Northern Scene.

"We just got hung out a little bit wide coming out of the turn," said Steven Duke, who trains Dreamsandvisions. "We got out five or six wide and we just didn't quite get there at the wire. We went in 1:34 and change for the mile, so we ran a big race; we just didn't win.

"He's been pretty consistent lately, time-wise, so barring any trouble in the race we should be very competitive."

Luis Quinonez will ride Dreamsandvisions, who could get a stalking trip behind Senor Amigo, Groovy Chief, and Goosey Moose.

"We'll probably try to sit third or fourth, somewhere a little off the pace," said Duke.

Dreamsandvisions, who races for Sandra Duke, is a stakes winner on dirt and turf.

will also be moving back to the Texas-bred ranks for the Assault after finishing fourth in a deep allowance here May 14. The last time he ran against statebreds he wired the field in the $50,000 Premiere on April 13.

"He's a big, fast horse," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Senor Amigo. "He's got a lot of class about him."

Senor Amigo, a son of Distorted Humor, will be ridden by Glen Murphy.

also returns to the Texas-bred ranks for the Assault. He was an overnight stakes winner the last time he ran with statebreds here May 6. In his most recent start, he was sixth in a tough money allowance that produced Grade 3 Dallas Turf Cup winner Trial by Jury. Trainer Danny Pish has given the mount to Roman Chapa.

Be a Resident tries to stay perfect

Be a Resident, who is undefeated in two starts, will meet the promising Mary's Gray Boy in the colts and geldings division of the $125,000 Texas Stallion Stakes. The 5 1/2-furlong race drew a field of 12.

Be a Resident made his career debut in a trial race here May 26. One start later, he captured the $100,000 colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity by a nose over Grade 3 winner Datrick.

"His biggest asset is he's just got tremendous heart," said Bret Calhoun, who trains Be a Resident. "Obviously he's got ability, but he's got the will to win."

Be a Resident has been on the lead in both of his starts. He figures to be prominent Saturday under regular rider Cliff Berry.

"It all depends on how the race sets up, but I don't think he's ever going to be that far off of it," said Calhoun.

Be a Resident is one of four starters Calhoun will have in this division of the Stallion Stakes. Austin Lights was third in the TTA Sales Futurity and will add blinkers. Calhoun's other starters are maiden winners Country Legend and Power Surge.

Pish also has four starters in the Stallion Stakes, among them Mary's Gray Boy. In his only start, Mary's Gray Boy won a maiden special weight against open company here May 5 over Great Hunter, who has since gone on to finish second in the Grade 3, $100,000 Hollywood Park Juvenile Championship. Justin Shepherd has the mount on Mary's Gray Boy.

Wrenice should start as the favorite in the $125,000 fillies division of the Texas Stallion Stakes off her second-place finish to Miss Mary Pat in the $100,000 fillies division of the TTA Sales Futurity. Bobby Walker Jr. has the mount for trainer Randy Mayfield.

Rain on Monday seeks first stakes

Rain on Monday, a 3-year-old full brother to multiple stakes winner Boots on Sunday, can win the first stakes race of his career in the $40,000 Harold V. Goodman Memorial. The 6 1/2-furlong race is restricted to 3-year-olds bred in Texas.

Rain on Monday was a strong third to older horses last out in the $40,000 Carter McGregor Jr. Memorial at Lone Star on June 17. He rallied from eighth to finish 2 1/2 lengths back in the six-furlong race that went in a quick 1:10.40.

"He stumbled a little bit away from there and was further back than I expected him, but he ran well from there," said Asmussen, who trains Rain on Monday.

Rain on Monday will break from post 3 under Shepherd.

"We'll try to employ a bit of an off- the-pace style with him," said Asmussen.

* Cookin's Cast and Shons Secret are the top contenders in the $60,000 Allen Bogan Memorial at one mile for fillies and mares bred in Texas. Cookin's Cast returns to statebred company after finishing third last out in the $100,000 Valid Expectations at Lone Star on May 29. Trainer Alan Love has given the mount to Quincy Hamilton.

* She's Open Minded should rule as a solid favorite in the $40,000 Valor Farm, a six-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies bred in Texas. In her last start, she won an open-company allowance at the distance in a strong 1:10.60.