04/14/2007 12:00AM

Takedown gives Asmussen one more


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Takedown gave trainer Steve Asmussen his fourth win in the last seven runnings of the Northern Spur Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn Park on Saturday, when he rallied through the stretch for a three-quarter-length win over a late-charging Harrow Land. It was another neck back in third to Speedway.

The $100,000 Northern Spur was the first of two undercard stakes supporting the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby.

Takedown ($13) settled about five lengths off the pace, as St. Zarb led the field through an opening quarter-mile in 23.18 seconds. Takedown continued to stalk the pace in fifth, with St. Zarb running the opening half-mile in 47.64, and six furlongs in 1:12.61. The eventual winner began his bid approaching the final turn, and ran down the leaders through the stretch to cover the distance over a fast track in 1:38.82.

"I was able to be conservative with his speed and then when I needed it he was able to give me a spurt and get the job done," said Robby Albarado, who rode Takedown.

Asmussen said the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby at Lone Star Park on May 12 would most likely be the next race for Takedown.

Asmussen won his first Northern Spur in 2001 with Compendium, who like Takedown is owned by Ackerley Brothers Farm. His other winners were in 2004 with Two Down Automatic, and in 2006 with Admiral's Arch.

Takedown earned $60,000 for the win, his fourth from seven starts. He has now earned $174,480. Takedown is a son of Point Given and the

multiple stakes-winning mare Little Sister. He won the $100,000 Borderland Derby at Sunland Park on Feb. 17.

* Asmussen also won the other undercard stakes, the $100,000 Instant Racing Breeders' Cup, when Cream Only took the one-mile race for 3-year-old fillies by 1 1/2 lengths at 30-1. The runner-up, Nice Inheritance, is also trained by Asmussen.

Cream Only ($63.20) sat just off pacesetter Champagne Sue through six furlongs in 1:13.16, and overtook that one going into the stretch. She went on to win over a fast track in 1:38.88. Tim Doocy rode the winner for Padua Stables.

The 9-5 exacta paid $326.60.