03/24/2010 11:00PM

Activity Report ready for Rushaway


FLORENCE, Ky. - The usual overflow of good horses that accompany a marquee race like the Lane's End Stakes will manifest itself again Saturday when five stakes are run on the Turfway Park undercard.

One of those races is the $100,000 Rushaway Stakes, the so-called little brother to the Lane's End. It's also for 3-year-olds, albeit a sixteenth-mile shorter than the Lane's End, and occasionally produces a nice horse such as Brass Hat (2004) or Dominican (2007).

This year, D. Wayne Lukas has the apparent horse to beat in Activity Report, a colt good enough to have won an entry-level allowance mile at Oaklawn Park two starts back. Calvin Borel, who is in to ride Northern Giant for Lukas in the Lane's End, will get his favorite spot from which to start: the rail.

"The colt's been doing really well," said Sebastian "Bas" Nicholl, the longtime Lukas assistant overseeing their shipment from Arkansas. "He's actually gone through that first condition, so I'm sure he'll fit in there."

The top two challengers to Activity Report are drawn into the next two slots in the field of eight: Lonesome Street, who has done his best work on grass for Ken and Sarah Ramsey and trainer Mike Maker, will start from post 2, while Exhi, a Todd Pletcher-trained colt most recently a distant second to Odysseus in a Tampa Bay Downs allowance, gets post 3.

The 25th Rushaway directly precedes the Lane's End as the eighth of 12 races.

Hansel: Cool Bullet cuts back in distance

Borel also has a live one for the $50,000 Hansel Stakes (race 6), the race named for the winner of the 1991 Lane's End (then the Jim Beam), Preakness and Belmont. Borel will ride Cool Bullet for trainer Steve Margolis, who has enjoyed an exceptional last few months campaigning his stable primarily at Fair Grounds.

Cool Bullet won the Sugar Bowl stakes in December but has faltered in two subsequent starts, both at two turns, and the turnback to the six-furlong distance of the Hansel would seem to be just what he needs.

Other logical contenders include Strapping Groom, an East Coast shipper for John Servis, and Kera's Kitten, an erratic but capable sort who captured the WEBN stakes here in January for Maker. A field of eight 3-year-olds goes.

Queen: Proud Heiress tries again

Last year Proud Heiress won the Wishing Well Stakes at Turfway before falling just short of victory in the Queen Stakes, finishing second, beaten three-quarters of a length by Just for Keeps.

Fresh off another victory in the Jan. 9 Wishing Well earlier this year, Proud Heiress will seek to improve a position off that finish when she faces nine rivals including Rinterval, Life Lesson, and Secret Gypsy in the $50,000 Queen Stakes.

Although unraced for more than 2 1/2 months, Proud Heiress should again prove a force, having run well when given rest between starts. An abundance of pace in the Queen should also set up her rally.

Many of her foes in the Queen race on or near the lead, including Life Lesson, whose performances on synthetic surfaces have been best when she has made the front. But with the speedy Secret Gypsy in the race, making the lead in the Queen will be anything but easy.

Rodney Prescott will ride Proud Heiress, a 6-year-old daughter of Broken Vow trained by Wayne Mogge for owner Michael Cavey.

Rinterval, cutting back in distance from a mile to the Queen's six-furlong distance after winning the Wintergreen at Turfway, could also prove a late force.

Fairway Fun: My Baby Baby has top figure

The race that follows the Lane's End is the last of the six stakes, the $50,000 Fairway Fun (race 10) for fillies and mares. In terms of speed figures, and perhaps in other aspects, My Baby Baby would seem to have a big edge after earning back-to-back 95 Beyer Figures in recent starts at Santa Anita.

Alex Solis, one of several big-name jockeys in for the day, has the mount on My Baby Baby, who will break from post 2.

Indigo North ships in from Florida as the top threat, while Danzon, locally based this winter, also rates a chance.

The Fairway Fun has not been part of the Lane's End undercard in recent years but was incorporated into this program after the original Lane's End date was moved from March 20 to 27.

- additional reporting by Byron King