Updated on 09/16/2011 7:27AM

Bettor alert: WinStar Distaff is wide open


GRAND PRAIRIE, Texas - Many consider a victory by Congaree in Monday's Lone Star Park Handicap a foregone conclusion, but there is no such standout in the $200,000 WinStar Distaff Monday.

A case can be built for almost all of the 12 fillies and mares in the one-mile turf race, which is one of six undercard stakes.

The Ben Cecil-trained Eurolink Raindance is the one to beat based on her fast win on the Hollywood Park turf last month in the Grade 3, $100,000 Wilshire Handicap. But her task will not be easy with the presence of recent stakes winners Queen of Wilshire, La Recherche, and Dianehill.

Dianehill finished a close third as the favorite in the Grade 3, $100,000 Citgo Distaff Turf Mile at Churchill Downs in her last start May 4, a race in which she ran wide, according to her trainer, Elliott Walden.

"I think she will run well," Walden said.

A possible upsetter is Blushing Bride, who has not raced in more than a year. She has been working like a monster for her comeback for trainer Nick Canani, and exhibited her class last spring when she ran third to Fantastic Filly in the Grade 3, $100,000 Senorita at Hollywood Park.

Diamond 'A' USA: Perfect turf records at stake

Legislator and Regiment, colts who have never lost on turf, meet in the $200,000 Diamond "A" USA Stakes. The 1 1/16-mile turf race for 3-year-olds also drew the developing Diamond Hope.

Legislator stands out on the strength of his good-looking win in the Grade 3 Crown Royal American Turf Stakes last month at Churchill Downs. He is 3 for 3 on turf, with his other wins on the grass coming in a maiden race and an entry-level allowance, both at Gulfstream Park.

James Bond, who trains Legislator, said one of the colt's most valuable qualities is his attitude toward racing.

"When the gate opens, he wants to be a racehorse," said Bond. "He knows where the wire is."

So does Regiment. He has won his last three races, the last two on turf. Regiment makes his stakes debut Monday for trainer Bob Baffert, who has won three of the five runnings of the USA.

Valid Expectations: Old friends match fast fillies

Front-runners Hallowed Dreams and Spanish Glitter will meet for the first time in the $100,000 Valid Expectations, but their respective trainers, former south Louisiana police lieutenants Lloyd Romero and Bernie Flint, have known each other for more than three decades.

"Bernie's my buddy," said Romero, who is based at Evangeline Downs in Lafayette, La. "I remember when he was training in Lafayette. The last time we raced against each other, we had nothing but plugs. That was sometime between 1966 and 1971."

Times have changed. Hallowed Dreams has won 25 of 29 starts and $729,144 for Romero, while Spanish Glitter, based in Kentucky, has compiled an 11-for-23 record and earnings of $447,600 under the guidance of Flint.

Hallowed Dreams is out to defend her title in the Valid Expectations, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares that she won last year in her first start outside of Louisiana. She comes into the race fresh, her last start coming Feb. 9, when she finished second in the $75,000 Pan Zareta Handicap at Fair Grounds.

Romero has kept her sharp with a series of strong works and is pleased with how she is coming into the Valid Expectations.

"I look for her usual race," said Romero, who has given the mount to Marlon St. Julien.

Hattiesburg, a strong closer, will be a threat to the front-runners. In her last start, she rallied for third over seven furlongs in the Grade 1 Humana Distaff at Churchill Downs on May 4.

Another to watch is stalker Southern Tour, who has won her last three races by a combined 16 lengths for trainer Cole Norman.

The winner of the stakes earns a free breeding to the stallion Valid Expectations.

Beck Auto Group: Testify returns to Texas turf

Testify, who used his closing kick to win the Grade 3, $100,000 Aegon Turf Sprint at Churchill Downs on May 3, will have to run down Rocky Bar and Joyful Tune to win the $100,000 Beck Auto Group Turf Sprint.

Testify made up seven lengths in the Aegon, run over five furlongs on turf, like the Beck, for a head win over Texas Glitter. Testify has won half of his 10 turf starts, including the $50,000 Sam Houston Turf Sprint Cup last year. He is trained by Randy Morse

Rocky Bar has tremendous speed, and is a threat to wire the field after winning a 5 1/2-furlong turf allowance at Hollywood Park in a blazing 1:01.89 for trainer Kory Owens.

* Rounding out the program are two stakes for Texas-bred sprinters: the $50,000 JEH Stallion Station for fillies and mares, featuring defending champ Little Angel, and the $50,000 Carter McGregor Jr.