04/01/2004 12:00AM

Beulah: Barnsy heads Royal North


GROVE CITY, Ohio - Barnsy, unraced since finishing second in the Best of Ohio here last October, heads a field of 13 Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies in Saturday's $40,000 Royal North Stakes at Beulah Park.

Barnsy began her career last May at Churchill Downs with a gate-to-wire victory against special weight company at 4 1/2 furlongs. She then finished fourth in the Fashion Stakes over a muddy track at Belmont in June.

After a four-month layoff, Barnsy made her final start of the year in the Best of Ohio Juvenile fillies and finished second, beaten two lengths, after dueling to the stretch in the 1 1/16-mile event.

Barnsy, trained by Tim Hamm, has three recorded works at Thistledown in the past two weeks in preparation for the six-furlong Royal North.

The Albert Palacios-trained entry of Stanbery Lane and Royal Cup and the Horned Owl Stable entry of Miss Gazelle and Salvester are the main dangers on Saturday.

Stanbery Lane won her only start against statebreds by 4 1/2 lengths in her racing debut here in September. In her most recent race, on Dec. 1, Stanbery Lane finished third, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in a $50,000 claiming event at Mountaineer.

Royal Cup finished third as a maiden in the Best of Ohio last fall, 6 1/4 lengths behind Barnsy. Two starts later, on Nov. 24, she won her maiden at Thistledown. This will be her first start since.

Miss Gazelle, trained by Austin Smith, scored a gate-to-wire 2 3/4-length debut win against $30,000 maiden claiming company at Turfway on March 10. Her stablemate Salvester ships in from Gulfstream and has the most victories of anyone the field - five from 18 starts.