07/15/2010 4:01PM

Caix Eletronica looks good in Don Bernhardt at Ellis Park


Caixa Eletronica will turn back in distance while looking for his second win of the season in the $50,000 Don Bernhardt at Ellis Park on Saturday afternoon.

Now trained by Bob Hackworth, Caixa Eletronica comes into the 6 1/2-furlong Bernhardt off a third-place finish in the seven-furlong Kelly’s Landing at Churchill Downs on June 25. Previous to the Kelly’s Landing, the 5-year-old Caixa Eletronica was campaigned in Florida and trained by Sergio Suarez.

Caixa Eletronica won on March 24 at Gulfstream Park by 8 1/4 lengths in a third-level optional $80,000 claimer going a mile and earned a lifetime high Beyer Speed Figure of 101. He then came back May 1 to run in the Sumter at Calder, finishing fourth after a horrible start. Caixa Eletronica comes into the Bernhardt off a bullet work last Sunday locally. Rex Stokes III will ride for the first time.

Posse Cat could be dangerous as the lone speed under Jon Court, Trained by Earlie Fires, Posse Cat has shown speed at races shorter than seven furlongs this season, but comes into the race off a dismal performance in the Kelly’s Landing.

– John McDulin

Evangeline: ‘Double’ seeks repeat

Ide Like a Double, impressive winner of last year’s Oak Hall Stakes, has a good shot for a repeat when he faces seven rivals in the seven-furlong, $50,000 feature at Evangeline Downs.

Trained by Byron Gilbert, the 5-year-old Ide Like a Double comes into this year’s edition of the Oak Hall in similar fashion as a year ago. He most recently finished fourth behind one of the region’s top handicap performers, Star Guitar, in the Louisiana Showcase Classic on July 3. A year ago, he prepped for the Oak Hall by running second to Star Guitar in the July 4 Pola Benoit Memorial.

Ide Like a Double captured the $60,000 Costa Rising Stakes earlier this year at Fair Grounds and seems poised to add to his five local victories.

The main threat to the defending champ could be the improving Steve Asmussen-trained Headstart. He comes off an impressive win in an optional $30,000 claimer on June 17 in his second start back after some freshening. As a 3-year-old last year, Headstart won the $75,000 Sportsman Paradise Stakes at Delta Downs.

– Jeff Taylor

River: Correct Call goes turf to dirt

Correct Call will attempt to continue her dominance of the Ohio-bred 3-year-old fillies division when she faces seven others in the $75,000 Queen City Oaks at River Downs.

Correct Call has been perfect for trainer Mark Shuman, winning all three races since being claimed last Aug. 28 at Monmouth Park for $50,000. In her most recent out on May 15 locally, Correct Call won the Tomboy going 1 1/16 miles over a soft turf course by three lengths. That was the first attempt on the turf for Correct Call as well as her first attempt at a distance longer than the 6 1/2 furlongs she went in her maiden win.

The impressive victory should be a signal that the distance of the Queen City Oaks, at 1 1/8 miles on the main track, should not be a problem.

All eight fillies will carry 122 pounds, so Correct Call will not be giving weight to Country Club Sue, Adreamfordarlene, Queen Imalda, Golden Girl Glory, Applewitch, Mini Miss Tori, and Squeezer’s Palace.

– John McDulin

Pinnacle: Valley Loot has back class

Top Michigan mare Valley Loot heads a cast of nine statebred fillies and mares in the $50,000, six-furlong Larkspur Handicap at Pinnacle Race Course.

Valley Loot won the 2008 edition of the race and was third last year for trainer Ronnie Allen and owner Felicia Campbell, the president of Pinnacle. In two outings this season, the 6-year-old Valley Loot has a pair of seconds. She was run down late on June 20 to be beaten by a neck. Most recently, on July 6, Valley Loot rallied to be beaten by less than three lengths in allowance company at Presque Isle Downs.

A winner of 13 races and o$544,285, Valley Loot has never been worse than third at Pinnacle.

Shakaleena, who defeated Valley Loot last month, won’t be in the Larkspur but Peak of the Storm and Baba Booyah, who were right behind her in the tight finish, figure to be Valley Loot’s main competition. The 4-year-old Peak of the Storm is winless since last year’s Regret Stakes but was beaten just a half-length in her last out.

Baba Booyah, one of the top 3-year-old fillies locally last year when she won the Michigan Oaks, is 1 for 3 as a 4-year-old, winning an allowance at Thistledown on May 3. Leading trainer Robert Gorham and owner Henry Mast also have two-time stakes winner Moon Charmer in the Larkspur.

Hakuna Matata, who won last fall’s Michigan Sire Stakes 3-year-old filly division, will be making her first start of the year for trainer Larry Uelmen. Leading rider Jose J. Delgado will ride.

– C. A. Shoemaker