05/27/2003 11:00PM

Wild weekend for Norman, locals


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Trainer Cole Norman led a regional sweep of Lone Star Million Day on Monday when he won three stakes - including the two richest races on the program.

All told, Norman's stakes starters earned purses of $385,000. But that was just Monday. He also won the $150,000 Stonerside here Saturday with Miss Bridget Jones for total weekend stakes earnings of $475,000.

"What a wild run," said Norman. "Did it happen? Was it real? It went too fast."

Norman swept the two richest stakes on Million Day when Pie N Burger won the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap and Eagle Lake took the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff.

The next starts for both horses are yet to be determined, but Norman said Eagle Lake, as a Texas-bred, is eligible for the $100,000 Allen Bogan Memorial at a mile on dirt here June 28.

As for That Tat, who remained perfect in four starts this year when he won the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint, he will probably be seen next in August.

"He's going to get a well-deserved breather," said Norman.

That Tat set a track record for 5 1/2 furlongs in 1:01.88 here in April, then came back and won the track's $75,000 Ford Express and the Beck.

Norman's feat of three wins on Million Day tied the record set by trainer Steve Asmussen, who won three stakes during the inaugural Million Day program in 1999.

This year, Asmussen won the $50,000 Valor Farm with Hannah's Royalrock. The other regional trainers with victories were Louisiana Downs-based Billy McKeever Jr., who won the $200,000 USA Stakes with Crowned King; Donnie Von Hemel, who won the $100,000 Valid Expectations with See How She Runs; and Tommie Morgan, who won the $50,000 Carter McGregor with Front Nine.

All of the Million Day winners, who faced 13 invaders from either California or Kentucky, last raced at Lone Star.

Miss Bridget Jones may go two turns

Miss Bridget Jones could see two turns next after her powerful front-running win in the Stonerside. Dave Hulkewicz, who co-owns Miss Bridget Jones with Turf Express, is looking at one of three possible races for the unbeaten filly's next start.

She could return to Hollywood Park, where she won her maiden in December, for the Grade 2, $200,000 Hollywood Breeders' Cup Oaks at 1 1/16 miles on June 14.

Miss Bridget Jones is also under consideration for the $175,000 Susan's Girl Breeders' Cup at 1 1/16 miles at Delaware Park on June 28, and the $100,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks here July 4.

"I think she'll get two turns," said Hulkewicz.

Key race may be brewing

L.A. Spider Legs and Big Numbers, who ran second and third to Pie N Burger in a May 9 allowance prep for the Lone Star Park Handicap, return to action Friday night in the featured seventh race, a one-mile allowance worth $37,000.

L.A. Spiders stalked Pie N Burger in third early when the two met May 9, and ended up second, beaten three lengths. Don Simington has the mount for trainer John Saffel on Friday.

Big Numbers was beaten 3 1/4 lengths in that same race. Asmussen has given the mount to Corey Lanerie.

Theriot serving suspension

Jamie Theriot, the third-leading jockey at Lone Star Park, will not ride at the track through Sunday while he serves a suspension for one of his rides at Oaklawn Park that resulted in the disqualification of his mount, Delta Deacon. Theriot had appealed the suspension, but dropped it and will start his days Friday.