06/16/2010 11:00PM

Black-type talent fills co-features


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - After running five graded stakes last Saturday, headlined by the Grade 1 Stephen Foster, there are no stakes this Saturday at Churchill Downs. Fortunately, there is no absence of stakes-quality performers.

In two second-level allowances that anchor the 11-race card, there are fillies with either stakes wins or placings, and others with the potential to compete in such events.

The 10th race, a $56,300, 1 1/16-mile turf race for fillies and mares, has three runners with black type among the eight entrants. Those runners include The Best Day Ever, second in the Grade 3 Regret and third in the Grade 3 Lake George last year; Krista's Quik Chic, second in the May 19 Indiana Live! Casino Stakes at Indiana Downs; and Midway Holiday, the third-place finisher in the Grade 3 Bourbonette Oaks at Turfway Park March 27.

The co-featured ninth race, a six-furlong sprint for fillies and mares with an identical $56,300 purse, attracted Bassinet Stakes winner All About Anna, as well as stakes-placed runners North Rodeo and Starlite Starbrite in its seven-horse lineup.

Despite the achievements of those runners, two fillies with no stakes experience are the morning-line favorites in the two races. Sweetest Song, off a runner-up finish at Churchill Downs in her last race, is favored at 5-2 in the 10th, while Spun Silver is the 2-1 morning-line choice in the ninth after winning an entry-level allowance last month.

Although Sweetest Song has not raced since April 28, she doesn't appear short on fitness. She has breezed consistently for Hall of Fame trainer Carl Nafzger over the past month, including a bullet five-furlong move in 1:00.40 seconds at Churchill June 16.

As for Spun Silver in the ninth race, though she may not have black type herself, she has it in her pedigree. A daughter of Grand Slam out of the Silver Deputy mare Silvery Swan, she is a half-sister to Grade 1 winners El Corredor and Roman Ruler, both current sires.

After a pair of losses last year Spun Silver is 2 for 2 this year for trainer Bob Baffert, winning a maiden race at Santa Anita Apr. 8 and a quick allowance here May 27. Shaun Bridgmohan returns in the irons.

* Regular Churchill Downs jockeys Robby Albarado, Miguel Mena, and Jamie Theriot will bypass Churchill Saturday to ride that evening at Charles Town in West Virginia. All three have mounts in the $400,000 Red Legend Stakes there.