04/29/2009 11:00PM

Angenora: Three-peat in reach


Pay the Man will attempt to win in the $50,000 Angenora Stakes for the third straight year on Saturday. She will compete with 10 of the best Ohio-bred females in training in the six furlong race.

A 5-year-old Pyrite Stables homebred, Pay the Man has won 7 of 8 starts over the local strip, including six stakes, and has never finished behind another female in a stakes. Her lone defeat in a stakes was in the 2007 Cleveland Gold Cup, when she finished second behind her male stablemate Pyrite Personal.

"She's doing great," said trainer Miguel Feliciano.

Pay the Man comes off a victory April 21 at Tampa. "It was a tough field and she handled them," Feliciano said.

She will be ridden by Ricky Feliciano, nephew of the trainer.

The main opposition should come from Money Card, Got Bling, and Eye Cant Look Back.

Money Card, a stakes winner here last year, had a second and third from four starts at Tampa Downs this winter. She is a very tough sprinter and has tactical speed. Jane Magrell will rider for trainer Shirley Girten-Drake.

Eye Cant Look Back, another stakes winner last season, may well be the pacesetter. She has not raced this year, but her last three works were bullets, and trainer Gary King is very good with horses off long layoffs. Jeffrey Skerrett will ride.

Got Bling adds to the abundance of speed in the race. She was second in her lone start this year, which came at Beulah Park on April 14. Luis Gonzalez will handle the Tim Hamm trainee.