04/20/2005 11:00PM

True Tails has all the right tools


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - True Tails brings the whole package into the $50,000 Wafare Farm for 3-year-old fillies at Lone Star Park on Saturday. She has speed, class, a win over the track, and high-percentage connections, assets that will serve her well in the Wafare.

A six-furlong race, the Wafare drew seven, including Lady Carmen, an impressive allowance winner at Fair Grounds for trainer Steve Asmussen, Ketchmewhereyoucan, Ready to Live, and Airizon.

has shown great speed in each of her races and was a wire-to-wire winner of an allowance race at Oaklawn in her last out, covering six furlongs in 1:10 on Feb. 27. She earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 99, the top number among all starters in the Wafare.

As for class, True Tails established hers last year at 2, when she drew out to a 7 1/4-length win in the $50,000 Lone Star Park Juvenile Filly at Lone Star on Oct. 28. She covered six furlongs in 1:09.80, leading throughout under regular rider Jamie Theriot.

Theriot has the return call Saturday for Cole Norman, who last weekend wrapped up his fifth straight training title at Oaklawn. One of his most exciting winners at the meet was True Tails.

"She's quick," said Norman, who trains True Tails for Marie Troncone. "She's a filly that puts herself in the race."

Norman has two major summer objectives for True Tails: the $150,000 Stonerside at Lone Star on May 30 and the Grade 3, $300,000 Azalea Breeders' Cup at Calder Race Course on July 9.

Lady Carmen has good speed and a recency edge over True Tails. She was a half-length winner of a six-furlong allowance in 1:10.40 in her last start March 18, and before that race, she won her maiden at Saratoga over In the Gold, eventual winner of the Grade 2 Stonerside Beaumont. Roman Chapa has the mount for Heiligbrodt Racing Stable.

Fast fractions in the Wafare would benefit Airizon, who cuts back from 1 1/16 miles for the Wafare. In her last start, she was third after setting the pace in an OBS Championship race in Florida on March 21.

"We think she might be more effective going a little shorter that that," said John Locke, who trains Airizon for Pamela Halter and has given the mount to Quincy Hamilton.

* Bubba Cascio tied the mark for consecutive wins by a trainer at Lone Star on Wednesday night, when Lights on Broadway ($5) won the sixth race to give Cascio his sixth straight win at the meet. Cascio tied the mark set by Chris Candies in 1999.