06/06/2007 11:00PM

Allowance appetizer for Asmussen


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Before he saddles Curlin for a shot at history in the Belmont Stakes, Steve Asmussen will watch a little TV. More specifically, he will be watching several of his horses in action at Churchill Downs, where the veteran trainer has starters in four of the 10 races on a program that - rare as it is for a Saturday - lacks a stakes race.

Asmussen has runners in the second, fourth, eighth, and ninth races, and of those, he probably rates his best chance with a mare named Eyes on Eddy. A multiple stakes winner with career earnings of nearly $500,000, Eyes on Eddy is one of six fillies and mares entered in the fourth race, one of four allowance races on a card that starts at 1:15 p.m. Eastern.

Eyes on Eddy was purchased last November for $400,000 by the Stonestreet Stable of Jess Jackson, one of the partners in Curlin. For her new connections, Eyes on Eddy has won twice from five starts, with her last race, a May 2 classified allowance at Churchill, resulting in a come-from-behind victory under Garrett Gomez.

John McKee replaces Gomez aboard Eyes on Eddy, who figures as a solid favorite in the $61,000 one-mile race.

In the other Saturday allowance races at Churchill:

* Junior College, a versatile gelding who captured his turf debut on May 12 when the apparent winner, Rush Bay, suffered a career-ending injury in deep stretch, wheels back in the sixth race, a $58,500 turf route. Karelian, a sharp winner of his last race, is among the main challengers to Junior College in a field of eight older horses entered in the one-mile race.

* Swift Temper, an also-ran as a longshot in several recent stakes, including the May 4 Kentucky Oaks, is among a field of seven fillies and mares in the ninth race, a $52,500 second-level allowance at a mile. Calvin Borel, who would have been at Belmont Park to ride Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense if trainer Carl Nafzger had not elected to bypass the race, has the call from trainer Bobby Barnett on Swift Temper.

* Trust Your Luck, second in the Rushaway Stakes and fourth in the Lexington Stakes, heads a large field of 3-year-olds in the 10th and last race, a $50,000 entry-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles on turf. Trained by Helen Pitts, Trust Your Luck will try to rebound off a lackluster effort on the main track.