05/31/2005 11:00PM

Versatile Supah Blitz has options

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Supah Blitz (second from right) takes the Lone Star Handicap.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Supah Blitz could be one of the horses who steps up and fills the void in the Southern California handicap ranks left by Rock Hard Ten, whose interrupted training schedule is expected to keep him grounded until the fall. Or, Supah Blitz could sprint.

Trainer Doug O'Neill is considering several options for the versatile Supah Blitz, who showed grit on Monday when he won a four-way photo in the Grade 3, $300,000 .

The 1 1/16-mile race was Supah Blitz's second stakes win in his last three starts. He won the Grade 3 Tokyo City Handicap at Santa Anita on April 3, and after that race set his sights on a Lone Star assault. He finished second in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile on April 30, one start before the Lone Star 'Cap.

Tuesday, after having spent the past month in Texas, Supah Blitz was back at his base of Hollywood Park.

"With Rock Hard Ten out of the picture in Southern California, it leaves the door open to maybe route him on the dirt here," said O'Neill.

O'Neill thinks the 1 1/4 miles of the Hollywood Gold Cup would suit Supah Blitz, but he might go the other way instead.

"He's a horse we've always talked about wanting to try at a one-turn mile to show people how much speed he has, too," O'Neill said. "Anywhere from seven-eighths of a mile to 10 furlongs, I think he won't disgrace himself.

"The Gold Cup is obviously a thought, and the Triple Bend, which is going seven-eighths of a mile on the dirt, is a thought. Those are two completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but he's definitely the type of horse that he's talented enough to be competitive, depending on how the fields come up in either of the two."

The Grade 1, $750,000 Hollywood Gold Cup will be run at Hollywood Park on July 9. The Grade 1, $350,000 Triple Bend Handicap is also at Hollywood, on July 3.

A win in a Grade 1 would complete an already impressive r?sum? compiled by Supah Blitz, who has earned $1.3 million and is now 5. He has won races from three furlongs to 1 1/8 miles and has six stakes wins, his most notable the Grade 2 Del Mar Breeders' Cup. Supah Blitz is a son of Mecke, and his dam, Boots 'n Jackie, was a Grade 3 winner of $647,580.

O'Neill said that Tom Kagele and Mark Leib, co-owners of the horse, "have been approached by a few farms in Florida and Kentucky about acquiring him when he's done racing, and that's why we'd love to show him off at one turn to show just how versatile he is."

Supah Blitz's win in the Lone Star was the second for Kagele. Kagele and his brother Jerry won the race in 2003 with Pie N Burger, trained by Cole Norman.

Court on fire in Lone Star stakes

Jockey Jon Court has won five stakes with six starters this meet at Lone Star. On Monday he captured the Lone Star aboard Supah Blitz, the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA with Mad Adam, and the $150,000 Stonerside Stakes with R Fast Lady. He also finished second in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff with Valentine Dancer.

The big afternoon came on the heels of a May 14 trip to Lone Star in which Court won the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Derby with Southern Africa and the $75,000 Ford Express with Rodeo's Castle. His mount earnings at Lone Star are $640,000, third-best in the standings behind regulars Roman Chapa, with $808,300, and Cliff Berry with $804,348.

"It seems like as the races get a little bit bigger, the ice in his veins kind of shows more and more," O'Neill said of Court. "He just handles the big-time races without any jitters, and those are the kind of guys you want in those races."

Among other races, O'Neill and Court have teamed to win the $2.3 million Japan World Cup Dirt with Fleetstreet Dancer, and several stakes with millionaire Excessivepleasure.

Feature will shape Dallas Turf Cup

A handful of stakes winners will compete in overnight races Friday night at Lone Star, with the featured ninth race, a one-mile turf allowance, expected to produce starters for the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup here June 18.

Sea Dub, a multiple stakes winner, runs in Friday's ninth and is under consideration for Dallas Turf Cup, said his trainer, Joe Petalino. In his last start, Sea Dub was a close third to multiple stakes winner Waupaca in an overnight stakes over the Lone Star grass on May 7. Cliff Berry has the mount Friday.

Other stakes winners in the field include April's Lucky Boy and Goosey Moose.

In the eighth race, Intelligent Male, winner of the $75,000 Sam's Town at Delta Downs in December, heads an optional claiming allowance over one mile.

* Roman Chapa began serving a seven-day suspension for a riding infraction on Tuesday. The suspension runs through Monday. Chapa ranks second in victories at the meet to Cliff Berry.