03/18/2008 12:00AM

Aubee's Amali the clear speed


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - It is simple to build a case for Aubee's Amali in the featured ninth race Thursday at Oaklawn Park. She appears to be the controlling speed in the one-mile allowance for fillies and mares, and she is also the race's horse-for-course with a 5-for-9 record in Hot Springs.

In all, six will run, including the multiple-stakes-placed runners Warrior Girl and Best Mom.

Aubee's Amali has used her speed to compile a 7-for-18 career record. She will break from the rail Thursday, and looks like the lone speed in the allowance.

"If she's the speed, I'm happy," said Sonny Wigginton, who trains Aubee's Amali for Raymond McGuire and Andrew Steffen. "That would be useful. In races like that, she's pretty well gotten there when she's had some sort of lead around the seven-eighths pole. The break, that's the key."

Aubee's Amali, who drew the rail, will be making her second start of the year. In her season debut, she finished second by a head to Angel Smoke in a $65,000 optional claimer at Oaklawn on Feb. 22. She will face Angel Smoke again on Thursday. Aubee's Amali set the pace in that 1 1/16-mile race and earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 85. The number is tied with Angel Smoke's and Warrior Girl's as the best last-race Beyer in Thursday's allowance.

"It's a pretty balanced field," said Wigginton. "I don't think there's any horse that you could say couldn't win it. I would probably get the nod only because she's won so many races here."

Aubee's Amali indeed figures to be the favorite. In addition to her five wins here, she has run second twice at Oaklawn. In fact, Aubee's Amali has won at least one race at the meet since 2005. She won her career debut here that year, then came back and won her first start of the meet here in 2006, and again in 2007.

Aubee's Amali, a 6-year-old mare, is a half-sister to Bonus Pack, a Grade 3 winner of more than $600,000. She will be ridden by Joe Johnson.

Angel Smoke and Warrior Girl both won off a layoff in their most recent start. Angel Smoke's win in the optional claimer came in her first start since June. Warrior Girl won a $40,000 optional claimer here Feb. 21, a race that was her first out since November.