07/12/2006 11:00PM

Candy Ball can keep it in the family


Tom Ball owned the six-time stakes winner Fresa, and on Saturday he will have the probable favorite in an overnight stakes named for her at Lone Star Park.

The $40,000 Fresa is a one-mile turf race restricted to fillies and mares who have not won a stakes in 2006.

Candy Ball, who races for the Rancha Fresa operation of Ball and his wife, Sue, is in top form. She has won her last three starts, and has never been beaten on turf.

Candy Ball began her streak in April, when she won a first-level allowance on turf at Lone Star.

From there, she won an optional claimer at one-mile on turf in May, then another optional claimer at the same distance on turf in her last start June 30. In that race, she closed for a neck win over Truth by Ruth and Tale of Freedom, who will also start in the Fresa.

Andrew Leggio Jr. trains Candy Ball and has given the mount to Jeff Burningham.

My Misty Princess is another top contender. In her last start she was second by a head in an allowance to Rue des Reves, who on Saturday will defend her title in the $100,000 Lady Canterbury Handicap at Canterbury. My Misty Princess was stakes-placed earlier this year at Lone Star.

Fair Meadows: 'Cowboy' ready now

Outlaw Cowboy has proved his versatility in regard to racing surface and running style, and that should serve him well when he takes on defending champ Herecomesthemannow in the $45,000 Route 66 at Fair Meadows in Tulsa, Okla.

The 6 1/2-furlong race is for Oklahoma-breds and it drew a field of nine, including multiple stakes winner George Taylor.

Outlaw Cowboy is looking for his first stakes win. He will be moving back to dirt following a fourth-place finish on turf last out in a tough optional claimer at Lone Star Park. That race was his first start since Nov. 26, when he finished second in the $40,000 Governor's Cup on dirt at Remington Park.

Outlaw Cowboy has won seven races, with four of those wins on dirt and three on turf. His wins have come wire-to-wire and from a stalking position and he figures to be close to the pace Saturday. Trainer Roger Engel has given the mount to Mike Fretz.

Leading jockey Curtis Kimes rides Herecomesthemannow, who is 3 for 4 at Fair Meadows. The horse is returning to the statebred ranks off a stakes-placing for trainer Debbie Dyer.

- Mary Rampellini

Louisiana Downs: Norman pair tough

Fillies trained by Cole Norman have been quite effective in stakes this meet at Louisiana Downs, and he will send out another capable pair in Elliecat and My Silver Charm in the $50,000 Dixie Miss.

The six-furlong race is for 3-year-old fillies and it drew seven, including stakes winner Jb's Golden Regret and the stakes-placed Shimmering Sunset.

Norman, who has won two stakes for fillies this meet from his four stakes starters, will saddle Elliecat and My Silver Charm for separate interests. Elliecat is making her stakes debut and My Silver Charm is returning to stakes competition. They each finished second in separate allowance races June 15.

"They both had a good work over the weekend and came out of the work good, and I look for both of them to be real tough on Saturday," said Norman.

Elliecat is returning to six furlongs, the distance over which she won a pair of allowances this spring. My Silver Charm is stakes-placed and a half-sister to multiple stakes winner V Formation. Jamie Theriot will ride Elliecat, while Carlos Gonzalez has the mount on My Silver Charm.

Elliecat owns the field's best Beyer Figure, a 95, for an allowance win in May.

- Mary Rampellini

Great Lakes: Charedi's Peak favored

Charedi's Peak, undefeated at Great Lakes Downs in three starts, looks for her third stakes win when she faces nine 3-year-old fillies in the $50,000 Plymouth Stakes at seven furlongs.

On June 10, Charedi's Peak led all the way to win the first stakes of the season, the $50,000 Regret Stakes, by 2 1/2 lengths. That race included four of her Plymouth rivals. Charedi's Peak, the 5-2 morning-line choice in the Plymouth, is trained by Ronnie Allen. Mike Allen will ride.

Trainer James Jackson has an uncoupled pair entered. Summer Cyclone, owned by Valerie Irvine, has been keeping company with older fillies and mares, winning an allowance race on June 12. Fiji Island, owned by Millennium Farms, was a double stakes winner here as a juvenile. She finished fifth, beaten just four lengths, after being bumped at the start of the Regret Stakes.

Rockin Research is looking for her fourth win in a row. She stepped up from $8,000 claiming to an allowance win in her last start here.

- C.A.Shoemaker

Prairie Meadows: Filly vs. boys

The 2-year-old filly Irish Party takes on males as she goes for her first stakes win in the $40,000-added ITBOA Sales Futurity at Prairie Meadows.

Irish Party was a gate-to-wire 5 1/2-length debut winner going 4 1/2 furlongs here on May 16. Following a six-week layoff, Irish Party returned in the Prairie Gold Lassie Stakes July 3 and dueled to the stretch before weakening to finish third, beaten 8 1/4 lengths, going five furlongs. Although she faces males for the first time, the 5 1/2-furlong Sales Futurity is perhaps a class drop for Irish Party, who is trained by Kelly Von Hemel. Glenn Corbett has a return call.

Lyka Card Shark scored a three-quarter-length gate-to-wire victory against maiden special weight company going 4 1/2 furlongs here June 20. He earned a field-topping 51 Beyer Speed Figure in that race, his only start. Lyka Card Shark held a five-length advantage in midstretch that day and just lasted to win, indicating the added furlong in of this race may not work to his advantage.

C J Mingo, a maiden, could upset from off the pace in the Sales Futurity. Trained by Dick Clark, C J Mingo has rallied through the stretch to finish on the board in both of his starts. Both of those maiden races were run at five furlongs, and the added distance and expected quick early pace Saturday should play to C J Mingo's advantage.

- Dave Basler