04/18/2006 11:00PM

Bring Spring returns at River Downs

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If he's healthy, Acts Like a King will come back on a week's rest Saturday at River Downs.

If he's healthy, Acts Like a King will come back on a week's rest Saturday at River Downs.

Bring Spring, who last year finished a distant third in the Queen City Oaks in her second career start, makes her first appearance since that July 30 race in Friday's featured first-level allowance for Ohio-bred fillies and mares at River Downs.

Bring Spring's placing in the nine-furlong Oaks occurred a little more than three weeks after she scored a 46-1 upset in a six-furlong maiden at River.

"I was very surprised with her effort in the Oaks," said Butch Nemann, who bred and owns Bring Spring with his wife, Kris. "I wasn't planning to breed her dam back unless this filly did something. We found a slight chip after the Oaks, but she's 100 percent now."

is not the only stakes-placed filly in Friday's $13,600 feature. Fight Girl and Sybles Angel, both 3, are seemingly using this race as a springboard for this year's Queen City Oaks in July.

, who beat males to win her maiden last July, finished second in both the Tah Dah at River Downs and the Miss Ohio at Thistledown last year. Fight Girl finished eighth, however, in her seasonal debut, the Royal North at Beulah Park on April 1.

is making her first start since a second-place finish in the Glacial Princess at Beulah last November.

* Acts Like a King, who flashed loads of promise for the Nemann family as a 2-year-old last year, was entered in Saturday's featured $13,600 first-level allowance at six furlongs, but may scratch if he fails to scope clean, Nemann said.

Winner of the Hoover Stakes at River last summer, Acts Like a King is seeking to rebound from a 32 1/2-length defeat in the Noonan Stakes at Beulah last Saturday. Nemann placed the blame on himself for not having Acts Like a King fit enough, but a post-race scope of the colt also indicated the presence of mucus in his lungs.

Fairmount Park

Harkey Malarky appears to have the $4,000 starter allowance division at Fairmount Park at his mercy for the foreseeable future after posting another easy victory on last Friday's card.

Harkey Malarky, who earned an 88 Beyer Speed Figure winning a starter allowance by five lengths on March 25, replicated that winning margin Friday to stay undefeated in three starts this year. He is trained by Mike Nance.

* Jockey Luis Robletto may be too far back in the standings to contend for leading rider honors, but few in the colony have enjoyed as productive a day this meet as he did last Saturday. Robletto, who had ridden only one winner from 13 mounts prior to Saturday's card, collected four wins with Joe Dancer Too ($5.40), Lift Up ($16.20), Everything Wild ($12), and Temptation Eyes ($18.80).

* Mr. Canyon Run, an Illinois-bred 3-year-old who was winless in three starts since taking the Troy Our Boy Stakes at Fairmount last September, got back on the winning track Tuesday with a comfortable two-length win in second-level allowance.

- Vance Hanson

Finger Lakes

Trainer Jonathan Buckley needed just one day to surpass the number of winners he saddled during the first two months of the 2005 Finger Lakes season.

Buckley teamed up with jockey Gabriel Suarez for three wins on Monday's program, one more than the trainer had during all of April and May last year.

The 8-year-old gelding Regal Romeo ($15.80) won the second race for $4,000 claimers, then the 7-year-old mare Blonde Dynamite ($4.60) closed to win the third before A Very Young Jet ($5.60) went gate to wire in the featured eighth, a first-level allowance.

* Jockey Joel Sone began and ended a pick four that was worth $12,904 for a $2 ticket by guiding home two longshots on last Friday's opening-day card.

Sone urged I'llliteyourfire ($76.50) past You're Swingin Me in the final yards of the second race for trainer Beth Miller-Saul. In the fifth race, Denton Road ($45.20) got a similar trip under Sone. Felix Monserrate trains Denton Road, who had lost his four starts in 2005 by a combined 62 1/4 lengths.

* Omar Camejo celebrated his return to Finger Lakes by riding three winners on last Saturday's card. Camejo, 30, was back riding at the track for the first time since he sustained three broken ribs and a punctured lung in a spill on July 19.

* Crying Poverty recorded the quickest time of opening weekend for 4 1/2 furlongs when he won last Friday's first-level allowance feature by 10 lengths in 51.72 seconds. A 4-year-old colt trained by Sam Keyrouze, Crying Poverty earned a 79 Beyer Speed Figure.

- Joe DeVivo

Fonner Park

Dennis Collins posted a dominant riding performance last weekend at Fonner Park by winning 12 races, including four on Friday and five on Saturday, as he moved solidly into second in the rider standings. He trails R.D. Williams, 47-33, with three weekends remaining in the season.

Collins posted a triple on Thursday's nine-race card and continued to improve through the weekend. Saturday's five-win outburst included three wins for trainer Ron Wise. Wise saddled four winners on the card and five for the weekend.

* Apprentice Tanner Riggs gained his first stakes victory in last Saturday's Runza when Shesaidsheknowsya ran down 1-2 favorite Up 'n Blumin for a neck victory. Riggs posted a triple on Saturday and moved up to fourth in the rider standings with 21 wins.

* TVG personality Chris Kotulak will be the guest announcer on Friday and Saturday. Kotulak served as track announcer at the Nebraska tracks for several years and has also announced in Louisiana and California. He will be in town to substitute for Steve Anderson, whose son, Ryan, is getting married in Omaha this weekend.

- Bill Hodtwalker

Turf Paradise

Muir Beach returned to dirt and the top of the local fillies and mares division at Turf Paradise when she won last Saturday's $40,000 Cactus Flower Handicap - but it sure wasn't easy.

The 5-year-old Muir Beach needed to call on all her courage to reel in a stubborn Katy Smiles in the final yards of the six-furlong race.

"She was all guts today," said Joel Campbell, who rode Muir Beach. "This is her best distance and her best surface."

Trained by Dan McFarlane for Phoenix-based owner Dennis Weir, Muir Beach covered the distance in 1:08.72.

McFarlane said she will make one more start before the meet ends on May 21, probably in the $40,000 Desert Sky Handicap, at one mile on turf, on May 6.

Muir Beach has now won 13 of 33 starts for earnings of $430,224.

- Michael Hammersly