07/05/2005 11:00PM

Victory Lap may head to Del Mar

Lone Star Park
Victory Lap leaves her rivals far behind in upper stretch of last Saturday's Lone Star Oaks.

GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Cesario was not the only filly who made a splash on turf over the holiday weekend. Victory Lap earned a Beyer Figure of 105 for her 14 1/4-length romp in Saturday's $100,000 , her fifth straight victory. The Beyer matched the number earned by Cesario in the Grade 1, $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park.

Victory Lap will now start hunting bigger game, said her trainer, Cole Norman. He and representatives of owner John Pucek, who purchased Victory Lap just prior to the Lone Star Oaks, are considering running the filly next in the Grade 1, $300,000 Del Mar Oaks on Aug. 20. They are also looking at graded turf stakes in New York and at Arlington Park.

Victory Lap warrants the move. After winning her maiden in a claiming race at Gulfstream Park in March, she has been unstoppable despite troubled trips, winning two allowances, then the $50,000 Chapel Belle at Louisiana Downs. In the Oaks, Victory Lap unleashed a powerful run outside of horses on the final turn, and was in control of the race by the quarter pole.

"It was impressive," said Norman. "That move she made in the turn, the way she just went around those horses and did it so easy. This is probably the first time she hasn't gotten in trouble. She had a clean trip, and she just rebroke."

Victory Lap, who was ridden by Jamie Theriot, is by Touch Gold. Her dam is out of the same mare as Grade 3 winner and stallion Storm Creek.

Lambert, Gray still hospitalized

Jockey Casey Lambert, who broke his jaw, fractured ribs, and punctured a lung in a spill Monday at Lone Star, was listed in critical but stable condition on Wednesday.

"He does not have any serious internal injuries," said Stephen O'Brien, a spokesperson for Methodist Dallas Medical Center.

Lambert was injured when his mount broke down past the quarter pole, and threw him. He was hit by oncoming horses. Lambert is 39.

Akili Gray, who underwent brain surgery for an aneurysm late Saturday afternoon following a spill at the Gillespie County Fair in Fredericksburg, Texas, was listed in critical condition on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for University Hospital in San Antonio.

Gillespie is a small track located northwest of San Antonio. Gray was injured in the fourth race Saturday when thrown from his mount and hit by trailing horses. He is 29.

Rare Cure fires bullet for Assault

Rare Cure worked four furlongs in a bullet 45.80 seconds Monday in preparation for the $125,000 Assault Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile race is for Texas-breds and is one of six restricted stakes that will make up the annual Stars of Texas Day on Saturday. Total purses for the races are $575,000.

Rare Cure will start as one of the favorites in the Assault following his opening night win in the $50,000 Premiere Stakes for Texas-breds at Lone Star. Joe Petalino trains Rare Cure, whose possible rivals in the Assault will include Agrivating General, Blinding Prospect, Charming Socialite, Dixie Meister, Goosey Moose, Lights on Broadway, and Oncearoundtwice.

Other stakes scheduled include two $125,000 divisions of the Texas Stallion Stakes for 2-year-olds; the $100,000 Allen Bogan Memorial for fillies and mares at one mile; the $50,000 Harold V. Goodman for 3-year-olds led by Wild Mastery; and the $50,000 Valor Farm Stakes for 3-year-old fillies topped by Tizzy Girl.

Explosive Green leading contender in feature

Explosive Green, who has finished first or second in his four starts this meet at Lone Star, is one of the top contenders in the featured ninth race Friday night at Lone Star. The one-mile turf allowance has an optional claiming price of $40,000.

Explosive Green used stalking tactics to win a $30,000 claiming race over the Lone Star turf in April, and an allowance here in May. In his most recent start, he was second in an optional claimer at a mile on turf when overtaken late after setting the pace. Leading rider Cliff Berry has the mount for trainer Cody Autrey.

Among the threats to Explosive Green are Purely Classic, who just missed at this level last time, and Barometer Rising, an up-and-coming 3-year-old for trainer Danny Pish.

* Lone Star-based trainer Donnie Von Hemel started horses in stakes at four different tracks over the holiday weekend, and compiled a 3-for-6 record with wins in the $125,000 Iowa Distaff Breeders' Cup with Platinum Ballet at Prairie Meadows; the $50,000 Independence Handicap with Waupaca at Louisiana Downs; and the $35,000 Boomer with Tickin' Okie at Fair Meadows in Tulsa.

* Jockey Quincy Hamilton began a seven-day suspension for a riding infraction on Tuesday. Also suspended this week for a riding infraction is apprentice Marcus Perdue.

* Attendance last Sunday, when Lone Star presented a fireworks show following the races, was a meet-high 24,660.