05/01/2006 11:00PM

Texcess might come back


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Texcess, who after a troubled trip was beaten a half-length when third in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile here Saturday, could return here later this month for the Grade 3, $400,000 Lone Star Park Handicap, his trainer, Mike Mitchell, said Tuesday.

Texcess flew back to his Southern California base on Monday.

Mitchell said he is strongly considering the Lone Star, a 1 1/16-mile race May 29. He said another option for Texcess is the Grade 2, $250,000 Californian at 1 1/8 miles at Hollywood Park on June 17.

Texcess made a strong stretch run at winner Preachinatthebar after being forced to steady past the quarter pole in Texas Mile.

"I just had a rough trip," said Cliff Berry, who rode Texcess. "I was in a box the whole way. I had enough horse to win, just no traffic luck."

Mitchell said Texcess came out of the race in good order. One start before the Texas Mile, he finished second to Preachinatthebar in the Grade 3 Tokyo City at Santa Anita.

Nakayama Kun, who finished fourth in the Texas Mile, 1 1/4 lengths behind Texcess, is also being considered for the Lone Star Park Handicap, said his trainer, Akiko Gothard.

Nakayama Kun was Gothard's first starter in Texas, and he represented his trainer well when he closed strongly at 53-1. The race was his first start since October.

Gothard said she planned to van Nakayama Kun from Lone Star to Churchill Downs on Tuesday. Last year, Nakayama Kun won the $50,000 Governor's Handicap at Ellis Park.

Dominguin, the Peruvian champion who finished sixth in the Texas Mile after setting the pace, will remain here and train up to the Lone Star Park Handicap, according to his trainer, Dante Zanelli Jr.

"He came back great," said Zanelli. "He got tired."

Zanelli said he feels he might have lightened up a little too much on Dominguin's training schedule for the Texas Mile in order to account for his travel. The colt ran fifth in the UAE Derby in Dubai in late March and traveled here from South Carolina.

Dominguin won five straight races by a combined margin of more than 50 lengths in Peru in 2005.

Turf options for Kip Deville

Kip Deville expanded his resume when he won the $75,000 Grand Prairie Turf Challenge for 3-year-olds on the Texas Mile undercard last Saturday. Already a stakes winner on dirt, he is now a stakes winner on turf and his connections are looking at turf options for him, said his trainer, Mike Neatherlin.

One of them is the $150,000 USA Stakes at Lone Star on May 29. Neatherlin is also looking into the $1 million Colonial Turf Cup at Colonial Downs on June 24.

Kip Deville led throughout the one-mile Turf Challenge, covering the distance over soft ground in 1:36.32. Neatherlin said he was impressed with the acceleration Kip Deville showed through the stretch, as he powered to a four-length win in the Turf Challenge and earned a career-best Beyer of 99.

* Cajole, a six length winner of an off-the-turf allowance last month, is being pointed for the $40,000 Connecting Terms at Lone Star on May 20, said his trainer, Cody Autrey. The 1 1/16-mile turf race is for horses who have not won a stakes in 2006.

* Hosanna Hit, a stakes winner last year at Lone Star, will make her 3-year-old debut in the sixth race Friday night, a first-level allowance going six furlongs. Quincy Hamilton, who rode four winners here last Friday, has the mount for trainer C.R. Trout.