08/02/2006 11:00PM

Aly's Vow likes dirt, too


Aly's Vow has won her last three races on the turf. But she is also a winner on dirt, and on Saturday she will move back to the main track and attempt to win her fourth straight race in the $50,000 Senorita for 3-year-old fillies at Louisiana Downs.

"I think she's just as good on the dirt as she is on the grass," said Wes Hawley, who trains Aly's Vow.

The Senorita will be run at 1 1/16 miles, and it drew a field of eight fillies. won the $60,000 Lone Star Oaks last out over two of her Saturday rivals, Sweet Idea and Kalyrra. Before that July 1 turf race, Aly's Vow used her strong closing kick to win consecutive turf allowances at Louisiana Downs.

Aly's Vow moved to the grass following a campaign at Oaklawn Park in which she won her maiden at one mile in February. In that race, she defeated Maxine's Hymn, who went on to win her maiden at Churchill Downs.

Aly's Vow made two more starts at Oaklawn, including a troubled sixth to eventual multiple stakes winner Gasia in an optional claimer in March. A month later, Aly's Vow was seventh in the $100,000 Instant Racing Breeders' Cup at Oaklawn, a race in which she was stepped on coming out of the gate, said Hawley.

"She got bothered, had problems in both races," he said. "The rest of her [dirt] races were good races."

Aly's Vow is by Broken Vow, a Grade 2 winner on dirt. She is out of the Alysheba mare Chanting Sweetly, whose two wins came on the main track. So pedigree bodes well for Aly's Vow on Saturday, and so does the inside draw, said Hawley.

"The post is good," he said. "We ought to be able to sit back and relax, and hopefully at the half-mile pole she's in position where she can win it."

Donnie Meche has the mount on Aly's Vow, who races for Robert E. Orth.

finished a head behind Aly's Vow in the Lone Star Oaks. Earlier in the year, on March 11, she captured the $40,000 Oaks on the dirt at Sam Houston Race Park.

Sweet Idea had won her maiden and an allowance by a combined 29 1/2 lengths in main-track routes heading into the Sam Houston Oaks. Jamie Theriot has the mount on Sweet Idea, who is a daughter of Langfuhr.

* True Tails, Starry Pie, and Bamboo Gap are recent Louisiana Downs stakes winners competing in stakes in Florida and Kentucky on Saturday.