07/05/2005 11:00PM

Carson Coded's edge: Speed and experience on the grass


BOSSIER CITY, La. - With few of the 10 entrants having experience on the grass, Friday's $32,500 allowance feature, for Louisiana-breds at five furlongs on turf, could produce some interesting results.

is likely to be favored off the strength of a second-place performance at a similar distance over the Fair Grounds turf course earlier this year. Carson Coded led most the way before being outfinished by Sidebuster, who went on to win his next start.

Trained by Corale Richards, Carson Coded has not been faring as well over the main track of late, having finished no better than third in his last three starts, all in allowance races over the Louisiana Downs main track. Gerard Melancon will ride Carson Coded.

, fourth in a stakes in only his third career start last time out, will try and carry over the promise he has shown on dirt to the grass.

A runaway winner against a good group of maiden special weight types two starts back, Inalako forced the pace in the Arcadia Stakes for Louisiana-bred 3-year-olds on June 5 before weakening a bit in the late going. His high turn of early foot should serve him well on Friday if he can adapt to a different racing surface. Vernon Scantling will once again ride.

has perhaps the most potential from a pedigree standpoint to improve on turf. A son of Zarbyev, the sire responsible for several statebred turf stars through the years, Iron Groom has some solid dirt form to back his case up for a big effort on Friday. He has hit the board in all of his starts here this meeting. He will once again have Carlos Gonzalez in the irons.

Dawasmi, whose three starts on the grass totals more than the remainder of the field combined, is winless but still merits respect off a near miss on the grass in May. Trainer Harold Romero will add blinkers to the equipment of Dawasmi and will give Jose Riquelme a leg up.