06/27/2006 11:00PM

Baghdaria tries nemesis again

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Brownie Points wins the Martha Washington at Oaklawn, defeating Baghdaria. Most recently, Brownie Points won Lone Star's Stonerside.

ALTOONA, Iowa - Baghdaria and Brownie Points head a field of seven in Friday's Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks going 1 1/16 miles at Prairie Meadows.

Friday night's card, which begins the Iowa Festival of Racing, also includes the $250,000 Iowa Derby and ther $100,000 Saylorville.

Baghdaria scored her third straight victory when she recorded a head win in the Grade 3 Silverbulletday at Louisiana Downs on Jan. 14 at Friday's distance. Following that race, Baghdaria finished off the board when well backed in both the Martha Washington and the Honeybee stakes, both at Oaklawn.

, a daughter of Royal Academy trained by Tom Amoss, bounced back in her last start, finishing third, beaten 5 1/2 lengths, in the Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan at Pimlico on May 19.

Baghdaria has recorded a series of strong works at Churchill Downs since then, including a bullet five-furlong move in 59 seconds on June 10. Rafael Bejarano has a return call aboard Baghdaria in the Oaks.

, an improving daughter of Forest Wildcat trained by Donnie K. Von Hemel, may be the one to beat on Friday.

In her most recent start, Brownie Points overcame trouble and rallied strongly to record a head victory in the seven-furlong Stonerside at Lone Star on May 29.

Brownie Points finished in front of Baghdaria in winning the Martha Washington and finishing second in the Honeybee at Oaklawn. She also finished a closing third, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, in the Grade 2 Fantasy at Oaklawn before her Stonerside victory.

Luis Quinonez has a return call on Brownie Points for owner-breeder Pin Oak Stable on Friday night.

Saylorville: Hot Storm, Red Lifesaver head sprint

Hot Storm and Red Lifesaver lead a solid field of eight entered in Friday's $100,000 six-furlong Saylorville for fillies and mares.

Hot Storm, trained by Dallas Stewart, had a five-race winning streak snapped after bobbling at the start and tiring to finish sixth in the Winning Colors at Churchill in her most recent start.

Before that, Hot Storm scored a gate-to-wire 1 3/4-length victory in the $300,000 Sunshine Millions Filly and Mare Sprint at Santa Anita in January. That race followed two stakes victories at Turfway Park.

Hot Storm, a 4-year-old daughter of Stormy Atlantic, sports a record of 8-1-4 from 19 starts good for $560,607 in earnings. Julien Leparoux, the nation's leading rider in wins this year, picks up the mount on Hot Storm.

Red Lifesaver, trained by Steve Asmussen, enters the Saylorville off a rallying neck victory in the six-furlong Valid Expectations at Lone Star Park.

"It was arguably her best race ever," said Asmussen of the Valid Expectations, which was Red Lifesaver's eighth win in 31 starts. Shaun Bridgmohan will be in to ride.