09/30/2004 12:00AM

Break time could be short for Warleigh

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Chris Ashby
Warleigh could wheel back to race Oct. 9.

Warleigh, who won his second straight Louisiana Downs Handicap last Sunday in Bossier City, La., has a number of options for his next start, including the Grade 1, $600,000 Shadwell Turf Mile at Keeneland.

was a game half-length winner over Waupaca in the $150,000 Louisiana Downs Handicap. He earned a 102 Beyer Speed Figure.

"I was very proud of his race," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Warleigh for Ro Parra. "That was a great race."

Warleigh is now based at Churchill Downs and could make his next start in Kentucky or at Hawthorne Race Course in Illinois.

"He might wheel right back in either the Shadwell Mile at Keeneland on the ninth [of October], or the Carey Memorial on the [same day]," said Asmussen. "He wheeled back right off the [Louisiana Downs Handicap] last year and ran real well."

Warleigh won the Alliance Handicap less than a month after last year's Louisiana Downs Handicap.

Asmussen said Warleigh may also just wait for the $100,000 Texas Turf Stakes on the Breeders' Cup undercard at Lone Star Park on Oct. 30, or for the Grade 3, $150,000 River City Handicap at Churchill Downs on Nov. 21. Last year, Warleigh was second in the River City.

In all, Warleigh has won 10 of 26 starts and $605,512. Among his stakes wins are the $200,000 Connally Breeders' Cup Turf at Sam Houston Race Park. Last year, he won the Louisiana Downs Handicap by more than eight lengths and earned a career-best 108 Beyer Speed Figure. The course was yielding for the race, and it was listed as good last Sunday.

Ole Rebel shoots for third stakes win

Ole Rebel, who scored an 8 1/4-length win last out in the $50,000 Folklore Handicap at Louisiana Downs, can pick up his third stakes win of the meet in the $40,000 Speed Handicap on Saturday. A six-furlong race, the Speed Handicap drew six others, including That Tat and Dash for Daylight, who are coupled for Ken Murphy Thoroughbreds, and Explosive Count.

Ole Rebel is the 121-pound highweight on the strength of his win last out. He rallied from last, then jetted clear in the stretch, covering 6 1/2 furlongs in 1:16.80. Ole Rebel earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 105. The number is at least 16 points higher than the highest Beyer of each of his rivals in the Speed.

Andrew Leggio Jr., who trains Ole Rebel for Glen Warren, has given the mount to Gerard Melancon. Last weekend, Melancon guided Fantasticat to victory in the Grade 2, $500,000 Super Derby at Louisiana Downs. Earlier this meet, Ole Rebel won the $50,000 Kings Court, and he also finished a close second to That Tat in the $50,000 Island Whirl.