05/14/2008 11:00PM

Camela Carson, Wild L tough favorites


Prairie Meadows offers the first two Iowa-bred stakes of the season Saturday night, and at first glance it appears that the morning-line favorite in both races will be tough to beat.

In the $65,000 Mamie Eisenhower for fillies and mares at six furlongs, Camela Carson should be an overwhelming favorite as she begins defense of her reign as Iowa's champion mare. Owned by the RPM Thoroughbred Farm, Camela Carson made short work of a decent allowance field in her most recent start, and anything close to that effort should be good enough to win.

Trainer Kelly Von Hemel again has given the call to Perry Compton.

Wild L, last year's winner of the six-furlong $65,000 John Wayne for older Iowa-breds, goes for a repeat this year in a field of seven. He looks to extend his win streak to four dating back to last year. In his 2008 debut, he raced wide throughout and gamely put away all foes for perennial leading trainer Dick Clark.

If Wild L is upset, familiar rival Will E Scat is most likely to do it. Will E Scat has given Wild L a tough time over the last couple of years, and it would be only a mild surprise if he ends up getting his picture taken. Carlos Montalvo will ride.