07/18/2006 12:00AM

True Tails in grass bow at Calder


BOSSIER CITY, La. - True Tails on turf in Florida. That is the plan with the Louisiana Downs-based sprinter, a multiple stakes winner on dirt whose excellent speed makes her an interesting candidate for a five-furlong turf race. Her trainer, Cole Norman, said the target is the $250,000 Distaff Turf Sprint Championship at Calder on Aug. 5.

The five-furlong race is for fillies and mares, and will serve as True Tails's turf debut.

"She worked on turf the other day, and she really got over it well," said Norman.

True Tails went a half-mile over the Louisiana Downs turf course in 48 seconds on July 9. She has won both of her starts here this meet, with her last start resulting in a more than three-length victory in the $50,000 Suthern Accent on June 24.

True Tails, a 4-year-old Florida-bred, has won 6 of 14 starts overall, and has led at the first call in all of her races but one. She is a daughter of Yes It's True and is out of the Relaunch mare Cocktail.

Norman said he has been to Calder twice, to run fillies in the Grade 3 Azalea. He finished second in the race with Southern Tour in 2001 and third with Boston Express in 2004.

Cancer claims life of Glenda Hawley

Glenda Hawley, a former trainer and the wife of trainer Wes Hawley, died at a New Orleans hospital on Monday afternoon. She was 51.

"She fought a courageous battle with cancer," said Wes Hawley.

Glenda Hawley had spent the past two years fighting ovarian cancer and had been in the hospital the past eight or nine days, said Wes Hawley. The couple were married for 17 years.

"She trained horses when I first met her," he said. "She got into [equine] therapy, and we both did it. We treated horses in Chicago, New Orleans, Maryland, and New York."

Hawley said one of the horses his wife worked on was Dispersal, winner of the Grade 1 Woodward Stakes in 1990. She trained on her own in the late 1980's, under the name Glenda Ledet.

Services will be held at Mothe Funeral Home in Harvey, La. A wake is scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. on Thursday. A viewing will be held at 9 a.m. Friday, with services to follow at 11 a.m. Glenda Hawley's survivors include four children: sons Chris, Ryan, and Curtis, and daughter Nicki.

Prince T. retired, will stand in La.

Prince T., who established himself as one of this year's top older Louisiana-breds with his victory in the $150,000 Louisiana Premier Night Championship at Evangeline Downs in February, has been retired, according to his trainer, Andrew Leggio Jr.

Prince T. sustained a tendon injury and is to enter stud next year in Louisiana for his owner, Tom Ball.

"He was a good horse," said Leggio. "He's got good conformation. He's a big, nice, strong, strapping colt. I think he'll be a good stud."

, a 4-year-old son of Royal Anthem, won 4 of 13 starts and $239,860. He is out of the mare Confident Writer, who is also the dam of stakes winners Fresa and La Pluma.

Taylor's Day dies at age 12

The 12-year-old gelding Taylor's Day collapsed following a three-furlong work Sunday morning at Louisiana Downs. Anthony Lovato was aboard and escaped injury, his agent, Steven Melancon, confirmed.

Taylor's Day began his career at Turfway Park in 1998, and was the definition of an honest racehorse. He won 28 races, finished second 23 times, and was third 13 times from 119 starts. Taylor's Day earned $433,815. He was claimed 14 different times during his career, and raced in seven different states, from Indiana to Texas.

Taylor's Day last raced June 30 for trainer Jerry Hardin, and had picked up checks in 6 of 7 starts in 2006.

Our Love faces males in allowance

Our Love is the one the boys will have to catch in Thursday's featured fifth race, an allowance for Louisiana-breds at about a mile on turf. She exits a turf-sprint win in which she covered the distance of about five furlongs in 55.80 seconds. Our Love will break from post 2, and trainer Jeff Trosclair has given the mount to Gerard Melancon.

The remaining lineup for the seven-horse field includes Spruce's Prince, a two-time stakes winner last year who will get lots of support off a nose win over open company in his comeback race June 16. Others of interest include Walk in the Snow, who moves to turf after winning his last three starts on dirt, and Badtotheboneandrew, who last year won the $150,000 Louisiana Champions Day Classic at the Fair Grounds meet at Louisiana Downs.

The allowance should serve as a springboard to the $100,000 Shiskabob for defending champ Spruce's Prince and the $100,000 Matchmaker for defending champ Our Love. Both are turf stakes for Louisiana-breds and will be run here Aug. 19.