10/01/2003 11:00PM

'Business' favored


The revolving door that has been the filly and mare turf division this season at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City, La., will take another spin Saturday when 118-pound highweight I'm the Business joins 10 others looking for their first stakes win at the meet in the $40,000 Old South Handicap.

So far this season, the three turf stakes for fillies and mares have been won by different horses, and none of them will run back Saturday. Bien Nicole captured the $50,000 Honeymoon on June 28, and is expected to run at Keeneland Sunday in the Grade 2, $500,000 WinStar Galaxy, while Golden Rhythm, who won the $50,000 Sangue on Aug. 16 will take a pass on the Old South, as will Academic Angel, who won the $75,000 River Cities on Sept. 6.

"It's a little quick back for her," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Academic Angel.

That leaves the door open for someone else to shine, and I'm the Business, who was a game second to Academic Angel in the River Cities, figures to be the favorite for the Old South. Others of note include Strawbailey, winner of the $35,000 Ricks Memorial at Remington Park in her last start Sept. 6; Cherylville Slew, winner of the $75,000 Irving Distaff on the Lone Star Park turf course on April 12; and the Asmussen-trained trio of McKinney and Storm's Finale, who are coupled, and Gigi's Skyflyer, a half-sister to multiple stakes winner Voladora.

I'm the Business was claimed for $100,000 two races ago at Del Mar, and made her first local start in the River Cities. Since that race, she has worked back twice, and could be sitting on a top effort in her third start back from a layoff.

Cole Norman trains I'm the Business for Kagele Brothers, the same ownership group that claimed Pie N Burger for $100,000 in California, sent him to Norman, and has watched him develop into one of the top handicap horses in Texas and Louisiana. Jamie Theriot has the mount on I'm the Business.

Stakes triple at Woodlands

The Woodlands in Kansas City, Kan., will offer two stakes for Quarter Horses and one for Thoroughbreds on Saturday. The stakes are higher for the Quarter Horses, with fields of 10 each set for the $40,000-added Kansas Futurity, a Grade 2 over 350 yards, and the $20,000-added Kansas Derby, a Grade 3 over 400 yards.

In the $25,000 Sunflower Handicap for Kansas-bred Thoroughbreds, Mr Ammo is the 125-pound highweight in the six-furlong race, which is being run for the 11th time. He will be ridden by Frank Gonsalves.