08/01/2006 12:00AM

Super Derby on Lawyer Ron's list


Lawyer Ron will return next month to Louisiana Downs, where he launched a six-race win streak last December. The Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby Sept. 23 at the Bossier City, La., track is one of three upcoming stakes objectives for the comebacking colt, according to his trainer, Bob Holthus.

"It is on our agenda," he said of the Super Derby. "We're planning on his first start being the St. Louis Derby on Aug. 26, then we're going to come back in the Super Derby, and, hopefully, the Breeders' Cup."

The $250,000 St. Louis Derby will be run at 1 1/16 miles at Fairmount Park in Collinsville, Ill. The race will be Lawyer Ron's first start since an uncharacteristic 12th-place finish in the Kentucky Derby on May 6.

"He had a little chip in his hind ankle, and we removed it and he's done well," Holthus said. "He's happy, and luckily he's getting a little break through all this real hot weather. Hopefully, it will cool off a little bit."

Lawyer Ron recorded his third workout since the layoff on Tuesday, going five furlongs in 1:01. The move came at his Churchill Downs base and under regular rider John McKee.

"He worked very good," Holthus said Tuesday. "We were pleased. He galloped out [six furlongs] in 1:13 and change. Everything looks good."

Lawyer Ron won six straight races leading up to the Kentucky Derby, a streak that began at Louisiana Downs during the special Fair Grounds meet, when he won an off-the-turf optional claimer on Dec. 9.

"He won two races there," Holthus said of Louisiana Downs. "He knows the track."

Following the optional claiming win, Lawyer Ron shipped to Evangeline Downs and captured the $100,000 Diamond Jo on Dec. 31. He then returned to Louisiana Downs and dominated the Grade 3, $250,000 Risen Star on Jan. 14, earning a career-best Beyer Figure of 106.

Lawyer Ron's other wins during the streak came at Oaklawn Park, in the $250,000 Southwest on Feb. 25; the Grade 3, $300,000 Rebel on March 18; and the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby on April 15. Those victories made him undefeated on dirt heading into the Kentucky Derby.

In all, Lawyer Ron has won seven of 15 starts and $1,220,008.

Crowned King to stand at new facility

Crowned King was retired in January and bred to a small number of mares in south Louisiana. He has since been moved to north Louisiana, and this coming season will stand at a new Benton facility owned by his longtime trainer, Billy McKeever Jr.

"I'm looking forward to his babies," said McKeever.

Crowned King launched his career not far from Benton, at Louisiana Downs. He won his maiden in his debut, and went on to win four stakes at the track, including the Minstrel at 2 and the Alliance and Barksdale last year at 5.

Crowned King's other stakes wins included the Rebel at Oaklawn and the USA at Lone Star Park, races that helped push his career earnings to $583,800. He retired as one of the top earners for his sire, Barkerville.

"He has a nice pedigree," McKeever said of Crowned King. "He's [inbred] four-by-four to Northern Dancer. His breeding will cross to a lot of mare pedigrees."

Crowned King, who was a stakes winner on dirt and turf, is out of the Dynaformer mare Formeredith.

Rare trip to Del Mar for Leggio

Happy Ticket breezed a half-mile in 50.80 seconds at Louisiana Downs Tuesday for the Grade 2, $300,000 Clement L. Hirsch Handicap on Sunday at Del Mar. She will be trainer Andrew Leggio's first starter at Del Mar.

"The last time I was there was when I was in the Marine Corps, 55 years ago," Leggio said. "I went to the races over there, and that's the only time I've been. I've never run a horse there, but I've been there once."

Leggio, who is based in Louisiana, trains Happy Ticket for Stewart Madison. She surpassed $1 million in earnings in June with her win in the Grade 2, $300,000 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs.

* Fortunate Envoy invades off a Churchill Downs win for the third race Thursday, a first-level allowance for 2-year-olds at 5 1/2 furlongs. He won his maiden for a $50,000 claiming price in his last start, July 12. Trainer Terry Brennan has given the mount to Lonnie Meche.

* Services for trainer Dale Cargile, who died last Friday, were held Monday in Hot Springs, Ark. He was 79. Cargile is survived by his wife, Linda, and children Kathy, Deena, and Justin.