06/16/2003 11:00PM

Touch of the Blues touches down


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Touch of the Blues, who was third last out in the Grade 1 Shoemaker Breeders' Cup Mile for trainer Neil Drysdale, flew into Lone Star Park on Tuesday for the $250,000 Dallas Turf Cup.

The 1 1/8-mile race, to be run here Saturday, will serve as the third leg of an NTRA Summer Pick Three that will be televised on CBS from 5-6 p.m. Eastern. The other two legs of the pick three are the Ogden Phipps at Belmont Park and the Ohio Derby at Thistledown.

Touch of the Blues could be the 118-pound highweight in a possible field of eight Saturday. Candid Glen, winner of the Grade 2, $650,000 Explosive Bid Handicap in March, is also weighted at 118, but has yet to be committed to the Dallas Turf Cup.

"Dr. Warren and I are going to kick it around tonight, discuss it a little further," said Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Candid Glen for Glen Warren.

In addition to Touch of the Blues, who won the Grade 2 Maker's Mark Mile at Keeneland in 2002, others considered probable for the Dallas Turf Cup by Lone Star officials are Maysville Slew, 115; Best of K C, 114; Honorable Pic, 114; Statement, 114; Dynameaux, 113; and Storybook Kid, 113.

A possible starter is Patrol, third last out in the Grade 1 Woodford Reserve Turf Classic for trainer Bill Mott.

Competitive turf route for 3-year-olds

Cases can be made for most of the six 3-year-olds entered in the featured eighth race Thursday night at Lone Star. But the most accomplished colt in the race, a 1 1/16-mile $60,000 optional claimer on turf, is Conscious Contact.

A winner of four of his six career starts, Conscious Contact is 2 for 3 on turf. E.J. Perrodin, who won four races here Sunday, has the mount for trainer Keith Desormeaux.

Others of note in the race include Boogie On, who makes his turf debut after finishing fourth last out in the $75,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn. Trainer Cole Norman, who also won four races here Sunday, has given the mount to Jamie Theriot.

Impressive juvenile eyes Stallion Stakes

There Goes Rocket, who overcame trouble to win his debut Sunday, is being considered for the $122,500 colts and geldings division of the Texas Stallion Stakes series at Lone Star on June 28, said his trainer, Sam David Jr.

There Goes Rocket was bothered at the start of a 5 1/2-furlong race for 2-year-olds, spotting his rivals several lengths. At the quarter pole, he had just two horses beaten, but he was angled to the outside in the stretch by jockey Don Pettinger and went on to win by 1 3/4 lengths.

"He got a good education in that race," David said.

* The fifth annual Jockey Championship Golf Classic will be held Thursday at Tangle Ridge Golf Club in Grand Prairie. The event complements Friday night's All-Star Jockey Championship.