09/06/2007 12:00AM

Asmussen horses live in stakes


ALTOONA, Iowa - Three stakes races highlight Saturday's card at Prairie Meadows, and horses trained by Steve Asmussen figure prominently in all of them.

In the $45,000 Prairie Meadows Debutante, Asmussen saddles Dubit, who has competed in stakes at Belmont Park and Monmouth Park in her last two starts. Sent off as the even-money favorite last time out in the Colleen at Monmouth Park, she caught a sloppy track and and finished a well-beaten third. Before that, she was second in the Astoria Stakes at Belmont. Glenn Corbett has been named aboard Dubit, who won her maiden this spring at Churchill Downs.

Her main foe in the six-furlong Debutante appears to be the Iowa-bred Judy Faye, who comes off a romping win on Iowa Classic Night in the Iowa Sorority. Alex Birzer, who has vaulted to the top of the jockey standings here, picks up the mount.

Maya's Storm will be tested as the likely favorite in the $45,000 Prairie Meadows Freshman. The six-furlong event attracted a field of nine, including three shippers, and Maya's Storm is certain to face a much tougher task than he has in his last few races. After proving to be the top Iowa-bred male 2-year-old, he'll need to be at his best as he faces open company.

Asmussen has entered Deputy Dance, who became a stakes winner when he captured the Barenscheer Juvenile Stakes at Canterbury Park.

Capping off the stakes tripleheader is the $45,000 Central Iowa for fillies and mares. The 1 1/16-mile stakes drew a field of six, including the Asmussen-trained Rolling Sea.

Rolling Sea proved her quality when she captured the Grade 2 Allaire duPont Breeders' Cup Distaff Stakes on Black-Eyed Susan Day at Pimlico. Although she's been off since finishing fifth in the Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs in mid-June, she appears to have a significant class edge. Rolling Sea drew the rail and will be ridden by Joel Campbell.