05/23/2005 12:00AM

A year after record, Savorthetime returns


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - She's baaack!

Savorthetime, who ripped through six furlongs in a track-record 1:07.82 the last time she was seen at Lone Star Park, is due in later this week to defend her title in the $100,000 Valid Expectations.

The race is one of six stakes on Monday's Lone Star Million Day program. Total purses for the stakes are $1 million, making the card the richest of the meet.

Savorthetime set the track record in last year's Valid Expectations, and this year she is 2 for 3, with her biggest win coming in January in the Grade 3 The First Lady at Gulfstream. She also won the $50,000 Carousel at Oaklawn in her last start April 2, and since then shows a series of forward works at Keeneland.

"She flies in Friday," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Savorthetime.

Asmussen said Roman Chapa has the mount in the Valid Expectations. Other fillies and mares considered probable for the race by Lone Star stakes coordinator Mike Shamburg are Bar Bailey, who won the $50,000 Czaria at Sunland over Savorthetime in February, Born to Dance, Boston Express, and Miss Smart Strike.

Asmussen, the meet's leading trainer, won four Million Day stakes last year and has a record nine Million Day stakes wins overall. He said his other Monday stakes starters will be Paz Ciudadana and Voz de Colegiala in the Grade 3, $200,000 WinStar Distaff, and Jazzy Gallop and Smooth Bid in the $200,000 Pin Oak Stud USA Stakes.

Million Day fields take shape

Valentine Dancer, a millionaire, and Katdogawn, a multiple Grade 2 winner, are co-highweighted at 120 pounds for the WinStar, a one-mile turf race for fillies and mares. Both are expected to start, said Shamburg. Other probables are Bonnie J, Janeian, Marwood, My Misty Princess, Queena Corrina, and Tara's Touch.

Yessirgeneralsir has been working lights out in preparation for defense of his title in the Grade 3, $300,000 Lone Star Park Handicap. Others that officials are expecting for the richest race on Million Day are High Strike Zone and Supah Blitz, the one-two finishers in the Grade 3, $300,000 Texas Mile; Absent Friend, winner of the Grade 3 Essex Handicap; and Cryptograph, Roar on Tour, Skip and Go, Snorter, and Wishingitwas.

True Tails is the early favorite for the $150,000 Stonerside, a seven-furlong race for 3-year-old fillies that has been moved to the Million Day lineup for 2005. In her last start, she won the $50,000 Wafare Farm at Lone Star, covering six furlongs in 1:08.76. Among her possible challengers are Hot Attraction, a dominant allowance winner at Keeneland, and R Fast Lady, a stakes winner at Bay Meadows.

Trainer Tommie Morgan said he could start recent allowance winner Texas Spirit.

The early probables for the Pin Oak for 3-year-olds on turf are Comma Comma, Dixie Meister, Justa Red Bird, Mad Adam, Major League, and Munificence. Trainer Danny Pish said he is considering starting both Barometer Rising and Mr. Shock and Awe.

Top Commander, winner of the Grade 3 Count Fleet, leads the list of probables for the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint. He is co-highweighted at 121 pounds with Wrzeszcz for the five-furlong turf race, which is also expected to draw Artesian and The Niner Account.

Seven straight for This Man's Darling?

This Man's Darling, who has won her last six races by more than 33 lengths, will attempt to extend her win streak to seven in the seventh race Wednesday night. The 7 1/2-furlong turf starter allowance is open to fillies and mares who have started for a claiming price of $10,000 or less since May 2004.

This Man's Darling invades from Evangeline, where she rolled to a six-length win in a $5,000 starter race in her last start April 29. Her streak began in January at Delta Downs, when she won a $5,000 claiming race by eight lengths. Jamie Theriot has the mount for trainer John Gelner.

Murphy out four to six weeks after spill

Jockey Glen Murphy fractured his collarbone in two places Saturday in a spill on the Lone Star turf course and will be out for four to six weeks. Murphy was thrown from his mount in the stretch when the horse, Thatcher, attempted to jump the temporary rail while on the lead in the 10th race.

Murphy was taken to Methodist Hospital in Dallas for observation and was released on Sunday, said his agent, Scott Hare. Murphy also suffered fractures to some of the small bones in his right foot. He ranks fourth in the standings.

* Asmussen will start the favorites in at least two of the three trial races for the $150,000 fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity on Wednesday. In the fourth, September in Texas is the one to beat, while Seadrift should go favored in the sixth. Covered in Clover, also trained by Asmussen, will get good support in the eighth. The first four finishers from each of the trials will advance to the June 11 finals.