11/10/2004 12:00AM

Allowance lures stakes winners

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Allowance races traditionally serve as stepping-stones to stakes. Friday's featured ninth race at Churchill Downs, a three-other-than allowance with an optional claiming price of $80,000, is the other way around. Three of the eight entrants won stakes in their last start, and four others raced in a stakes at some point this year.

The depth and quality is in great part the result of a $60,400 purse. All the recent stakes winners ran for less money in winning their last race.

, a 4-year-old Kris S. filly trained by Tony Reinstedler, may have an advantage over her counterparts due to her fondness for the Churchill strip. She is 2 for 2 at Churchill, 1 for 4 elsewhere. Besides winning her maiden at Churchill in June 2003, she won an entry-level allowance last November.

Her one win outside Churchill came in an overnight stakes at Delaware Park on Oct. 25. Racing for the first time in nearly a year, she showed no signs of rust and ran away to an easy 3 3/4-length victory under confident handling.

She needs to avoid a bounce off such a strong comeback performance to record her third straight victory. Larry Melancon rides Flower Forest.

also come off clear stakes victories. Code of Ethics won the off-the-turf Summertime Promise Stakes at Hawthorne by five lengths Oct. 23, while Whitewater Way took the Ohio Distaff at Thistledown on Oct. 9.

The versatile Code of Ethics is likely to be the more fancied of the two by the betting public. Besides her win in the Summertime Promise, she placed in the Hatoof Stakes on turf at Arlington this summer. She also won her maiden over a fast main track at Hawthorne in April.

Both of Code of Ethics' main-track victories came on the lead, but with an abundance of speed in this race, she may have to revert to a stalking style. Brice Blanc rides for trainer Tony Granitz.

Of those not coming off stakes victories, Uninhibited Song and Storm's Darling appear the most promising. Uninhibited Song comes off a two-length score in a second-level allowance at Keeneland on Oct. 23, and Storm's Darling is dropped in class after fading in a pair of graded stakes events.

Maiden and claiming races largely fill the rest of the Friday card, with most having large fields. The ninth race is the lone allowance on the 10-race program.