06/10/2004 11:00PM

Walk This Way changes up


Walk This Way makes a number of meaningful changes Sunday for the $50,000 Arcadia Stakes at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La. He will move back to the statebred ranks, return to the main track, and cut back to one turn.

Walk This Way will face seven others in the Arcadia, a six-furlong race for 3-year-olds bred in Louisiana. Last year, he won the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Juvenile at Fair Grounds at six furlongs, and later in the meet won at a mile on turf in the $100,000 Gentilly Handicap.

"I think he's a better horse going six furlongs," said Patrick Mouton, who trains Walk This Way. "He's versatile and everything, but really his best race is six furlongs on the dirt."

Walk This Way raced over two turns and turf in his most recent start, closing for fourth in an optional claimer May 14. He should be running late at speedsters Kim's Gem and Skymeister.

"There's a lot of pace in the race," said Mouton. "It should set up for him."

Corey Lanerie has the mount on Walk This Way for owner Stanley Seelig.

Kim's Gem has good speed and exits a five-furlong optional claimer in which he dueled throughout before finishing sixth. Before that race, Kim's Gem won the Clyde B. Stephens Memorial at Delta Downs on March 20.

Jerri Nichols has the mount on Kim's Gem for trainer Lloyd Romero.

Skymeister, who is a son of Holzmeister, earned what ranks as the field's highest last-out Beyer Speed Figure for his wire-to-wire maiden win, when he covered six furlongs in a sharp 1:10.80. Lonnie Meche has the mount for trainer Al Stall Jr.

Warleigh points for Turf Cup

Warleigh, who in his last start was third in the Grade 2 Dixie at Pimlico Race Course, will likely make his next start in the $200,000 Dallas Turf Cup at Lone Star Park on Saturday, said his trainer, Steve Asmussen.

Before the Dixie, Warleigh won the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park.

Mike Shamburg, stakes coordinator for Lone Star, said other early probables for the 1 1/8-mile Dallas Turf Cup are Mr. Livingston, Star Over the Bay, Waupaca, A to the Z, and Agrivating General. Possibles for the race include Della Francesca, who won the Grade 2 Belmont Breeders' Cup Handicap.

Storybook Kid, who finished third in last year's Dallas Turf Cup before going on to win the $75,000 Independence Breeders' Cup at Louisiana Downs, is getting some time off and is expected to return to action during Fair Grounds, said his trainer, Patrick Mouton.

* Social King, who rallied for second behind the promising Gruff in his last start, is the one to beat in an entry-level allowance over one mile on turf at Lone Star Sunday. Social King was favored in a similar race in his last start, when he had a bit of a wide trip. Eddie Martin Jr. will ride Social King for trainer Dallas Keen.