06/13/2003 12:00AM

Two local last-out winners thinking Ohio Derby


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Crowned King and Guaranteed Sweep, who each were winners at Lone Star Park in their last start, might be headed to the Grade 2, $300,000 Ohio Derby on June 21.

Crowned King picked up the third stakes win of his career last out, when he won the $200,000 USA Stakes on turf May 26. Earlier this year, he won the $125,000 Rebel on dirt at Oaklawn Park.

"We're going to make a decision on the race Monday morning," said Billy McKeever, who co-owns and trains Crowned King. "It will be between the [Ohio Derby] and the Iowa Derby."

The $250,000 Iowa Derby will be run at Prairie Meadows on July 5.

Guaranteed Sweep ran roughshod over others in a field of older horses in his last start, a $40,000 optional claimer June 8. His trainer, Steve Asmussen, wants to see how the colt works before making a decision on the Ohio Derby.

"It's a huge jump up, to race against that caliber of horse, but as fast as he's been running right now, we need to consider a 3-year-old stakes," said Asmussen.

Guaranteed Sweep rallied for a 7 1/2-length win in the optional claimer, covering a mile in the mud in a sharp 1:36.40. It was his third win in his last four starts.

"He's always been a nice horse, and he's definitely getting better," said Asmussen.

Guaranteed Sweep, a son of End Sweep, races for Mike McCarty.

Devout Sinner makes comeback

Devout Sinner, a four-time stakes winner, will return from a seven-month layoff Sunday in the featured fifth race. The one-mile turf race for fillies and mares has a purse of $34,000.

Devout Sinner had been sidelined with a hoof injury that has since healed, said her owner and trainer Joan Charlton.

"We had been fighting a quarter crack," said Charlton. "We had to just wait for the hoof to cool out and grow out."

Charlton also had to wait a while to get a race for Devout Sinner. She entered the mare twice in main-track allowances that did not fill before finding Sunday's turf race.

Although most of Devout Sinner's success has come on dirt, she has won an allowance and placed in three stakes in five starts on turf. Her last win, in fact, came on turf in an allowance at Remington Park on Sept. 1.

"She can run on either," said Charlton, who has given the mount to Cliff Berry.

Later this year, Devout Sinner will be pointed for stakes at Remington Park, including the Oklahoma Classics Day Distaff. She was named the Oklahoma-bred horse of the year in 2001 by the Oklahoma Racing Commission.

Stallion Stakes prospects

Iron Expectations, sixth as the favorite last out in the colts and geldings division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity, tensed up before the race, which was delayed 19 minutes after one of his rivals sat down in the starting gate, according to his trainer, Steve Asmussen.

"He came back very tight, muscularly," said Asmussen. "He just wasn't himself. We're working on his enzyme level, and will hopefully get him back up to the Stallion Stakes."

The Texas Stallion Stakes will be run in two divisions, each worth $122,500, on June 28.

The fillies division of the Stallion Stakes will be the next goal for Hay Lauren, said her trainer, Barry Germany. In her last start, she was second in the fillies division of the Sales Futurity.

Both Hay Lauren and Iron Expectations have won two of three career starts.

* Bien Nicole, sixth as the favorite over soft turf in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff on May 26, could make her next start in the $50,000 Honeymoon at Louisiana Downs on June 28, said her trainer, Donnie Von Hemel. Last year, Bien Nicole won four stakes on turf, including the River Cities at Louisiana Downs.

* Zydeco Affair, who has not raced since finishing fifth in the Grade 3 Lecomte at Fair Grounds in January, is set to make his comeback over seven furlongs in the $100,000 Alysheba Breeders' Cup at Lone Star on July 5, said his trainer, Larry Robideaux Jr.