12/08/2007 12:00AM

Ahead of Her Time much the best in Ladies

EmailYou can see why the owner Bill Heiligbrodt decided to buy Ahead of Her Time.

Winning for the sixth time in six dirt races, Ahead of Her Time ($4.20) completely dominated the Louisiana Champions Day Ladies, drawing off through the stretch for an 11 1/2-length victory. And barring misfortune, there should be many more of these to come, since the Louisiana breeding program offers a vast annual buffet of statebred-restricted stakes.

Trained for her first seven races by Jerry Hardin, Ahead of Her Time moved into the Steve Asmussen stable after Heiligbrodt bought her privately in October. Ahead of Her Time sported a strong work tab coming into the Ladies, and performed as well as she'd been breezing.

"She's trained that good, and I was excited to see it in the afternoon," Asmussen said. "She's an exciting filly."

Asmussen said Hardin, the filly's former trainer, had been "very helpful with the transition. We did the same things with her."

Ahead of Her Time went out and did the rest. Tar Pot was the surprise early leader, but Ahead of her Time and Shaun Bridgmohan always were close. Bridgmohan let Ahead of Her Time take over on the far turn, and when Tensas Yucatan - who had beaten Ahead of Her Time twice on turf this past summer - made a run into the stretch, Ahead of Her Time quickly scooted clear. She was timed in 1:44.76 for 1 1/16 miles, off a half-mile split of 48.10 seconds. It was almost nine lengths back to third-place Tar Pot.

Turf: Slow pace helps Willist win

Desert Wheat has proven tough to beat in Louisiana-bred turf stakes, but he's not invincible, and a slow early pace led to his demise in the $100,000 Champions Day Turf. With Desert Wheat a distant last behind a slow 49.19-second opening half-mile, 5-1 shot Willist got first run, and scored a 1 3/4-length victory in the Turf. Wildrally, who was in trouble virtually the entire race, finished second, a neck in front of Desert Wheat, the 4-5 favorite.

No one was eager to take the lead in the Turf, and Desert Wheat dropped straight to the back of the field as Lee's Say So went the opening quarter-mile in 24.19, with the second-quarter going in a slow 25 seconds. That put Desert Wheat at a huge disadvantage, and though he came with a wide stretch run, Desert Wheat was nowhere close to Willist, who won for the fifth time in 2007.

Trained by Kelly Broussard and ridden by Robby Albarado, Willis paid $12.60 to win, and was timed in 1:44.18 for 1 1/16 miles on firm turf.

Juvenile: Star Guitar wins at 1-1

Star Guitar lived up to the hype, going four wide around the turn and coming home a winner as the odds-on favorite in the Champions Day Juvenile.

Trained by Al Stall and ridden by Curt Bourque, Star Guitar won his second race from two tries. He was timed in 1:11.18 for six furlongs, and paid $4 to win.

"He's a big kid," said trainer Al Stall. "To win this race, his second in 16 days, is a lot to ask. He handled it with aplomb."

As he had in an opening-day maiden win, Star Guitar came from off the pace, tipping wide around the turn, and wearing down Cubera to win by 1 1/2 lengths. It was another 1 1/2 lengths back to Pantara Phantom.

"He eyeballed that horse in the stretch," Bourque said, "and that's when we got going."

Ladies Turf Sprint: 'Frosty Girl' again

Carl's Frosty Girl won the Champions Day Ladies Sprint for the second straight year, and this time it was easier. Carl's Frosty Girl's last-second rally got her home in the 2006 edition, but on Saturday she stalked a quick early pace (45.56 seconds to the half-mile), and had dead aim on the leader, Calmed, at the top of the stretch. Calmed, who pressed the pace, didn't go down without a fight, but Carl's Frosty Girl always was going better, and pulled clear to win by 1 1/2 lengths.

Trained by Pat Mouton and ridden by John Jacinto, Carl's Frosty Girl paid $8.80 to win, and was timed in 1:10.67 for six furlongs. Mouton-trained Ida Maria, the 9-5 favorite, finished a distant third.

Lassie: Superior Storm upsets

Superior Storm handily won the $100,000 Lassie, with odds-on favorite Claudia Bertha fading to third in the stretch.

Superior Storm, trained by Richard Jackson and ridden by John Jacinto, paid $16.60 in winning her first stakes. Superior Storm, a 2-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic, finished 3 1/2 lengths in front of Hisse, who was another 4 1/4 lengths in front of Claudia Bertha. The winning six-furlong time was 1:11.63.

o Z Storm narrowly won the $50,000 Champions Day Starter, the first winner of the Fair Grounds meet for Wes Hawley, who was injured last month in a motorcycle accident, but was able to return to work about a week later.

- additional reporting by Abram Himelstein