04/13/2006 12:00AM

Beau Dare makes her season debut

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Beau Dare wins the 2005 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies. She begins a new season in Saturday's Instant Racing BC.

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Most people know the best 3-year-old colt in trainer Bob Holthus's barn: Lawyer Ron. Now meet the best 3-year-old filly: Beau Dare. She will make her first start of the year Saturday in the $100,000 Instant Racing Breeders' Cup, which is one of two undercard stakes supporting the Grade 2, $1 million Arkansas Derby at Oaklawn Park.

The Instant Racing will be run at one mile, and is the first leg of a national pick four, which continues with the Commonwealth Breeders' Cup and the Blue Grass from Keeneland, and ends with the Arkansas Derby.

Lawyer Ron will be the favorite for the Arkansas Derby, and while he has stepped up his game since moving from Polytrack and turf to dirt, Beau Dare registered her biggest career win on Polytrack in the $100,000 Kentucky Cup Juvenile Fillies and might be at her best on turf. However, she has trained sharply at Oaklawn and will launch her season in the Instant Racing.

"She's trained all winter on the dirt, and we'll keep our fingers crossed and hope she likes it," said Holthus. "She's trained very well."

has worked back-to-back bullets for her return, her latest a half-mile timed in 47.80 seconds April 11. She last raced in November, finishing fifth in the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs. Holthus said Beau Dare's first turf objective this year is the $100,000 Edgewood at Churchill Downs on May 5.

On Saturday, she will break from post 2 under John McKee.

"She's going to be pretty close to the lead whenever they leave there," said Holthus. "She's a very quick filly."

Other top contenders in the Instant Racing are , third last out to Ermine in the $75,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn, and Coronado's Vision, the runner-up in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Breeders' Cup at Turfway Park.

Kings Challenge vs. Sweetening

Kings Challenge could be closer to the pace in the $100,000 Northern Spur Breeders' Cup for 3-year-olds at one mile than he was last time when he closed for fifth against wire-to-wire winner High Cotton in the $100,000 Rushaway at Turfway. In the Rushaway, Kings Challenge broke 10th of the 12 runners.

"He kind of got away bad," said Holthus, his trainer.

Kings Challenge got his last win at a mile at Oaklawn on Jan. 21. One start later, he was third to Arkansas Derby starter Steppenwolfer in an allowance on Feb. 3.

Holthus has given the mount to McKee.

Sweetening last raced at Evangeline Downs, finishing third to More Than Regal in the $50,000 Sportsman's Paradise.