09/20/2002 11:00PM

Bayou Jenny worth a look


As the only 2-year-old fillies in Monday's $55,000 Irish Sonnet Stakes at Delaware Park with more than a maiden victory to their credit, Linda D's Roomy and Lets Just Do It are the obvious favorites in the six-furlong sprint.

The sleeper in the nine-horse field could be Bayou Jenny, a homebred owned and trained by Maryland-based horseman Richard Small. As a daughter of Concern out of the mare Bayou La Batre, Bayou Jenny is a half-sister to Wooden Stone. As a 2-year-old colt last season, Wooden Stone finished first or second in seven of his 10 starts, highlighted by a win in the $50,000 Juvenile Stakes at Philadelphia Park.

Bayou Jenny is one of only two probable starters in the race with a win at Delaware. She rallied from off the pace to defeat maiden claimers by a neck on Aug. 11, earning a Beyer Speed Figure of 59.

The horse Bayou Jenny beat that day, Makin Heat, is also an intriguing possibility. Makin Heat, part of an entry for owner Mike Gill and trainer John Robb, was claimed out of her last start at Pimlico, a route in which she wired six rivals by 14 3/4 lengths. Now she cuts back to a sprint for Robb, who has won 20 percent of his starts first time off the claim.

Our Mariah, a $195,000 purchase at auction as a yearling, is the other part of the entry. She remains a maiden after two starts, including a dull effort in the $200,000 NATC Sorority Futurity. But in her career debut against maidens, Our Mariah was competitive, finishing third with a Beyer Figure of 63. She will race with blinkers for the first time, which should improve her early speed.

If Let's Just Do It, the most experienced filly in the field with seven starts, runs back to her last race, she should win at a short price. Let's Just Do It comes off a four-length allowance win at Charles Town in which she earned a career-best Beyer of 75.

Logically, her chief threat is Linda D's Roomy, who is 2 for 2 in her brief career, including an allowance at Pimlico worth a Beyer of 68.

Rachelle's Numbers was entered but raced Saturday, finishing second in the Maryland Million Lassie. Recent maiden graduate Valley of the Gods is likely to be scratched.

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