07/16/2009 11:00PM

Cashinmywranglers likely favorite on turf


BOSSIER CITY, La. - A competitive second-level optional claiming race is Sunday's feature at Louisiana Downs. The 7 1/2-furlong turf affair drew a field of nine, including probable favorite Cashinmywranglers and the consistent Sligo Joe.

Cashinmywranglers will be making his first start for trainer Morris Nicks and comes in off a second-place finish for a $30,000 claiming price at Lone Star Park in his most recent start. The 3-year-old gelded son of Proud Halo was unplaced in the Grand Prairie Turf Challenge at Lone Star in the spring but earned his third career victory in allowance company at Lone Star in April. Nicks has the services of Ramsey Zimmerman to handle the riding chores. Cashinmywranglers will race for a $20,000 claiming tag.

Sligo Joe has been steady for trainer Jerry Cart this year, compiling a 2-3-1 record from eight starts. The 4-year-old gelding has raced at three different tracks and over turf and dirt with equal aplomb. Leading rider Don Simington will be in the saddle.

The pacesetting duties appear to fall to Zenato. The Wes Hawley charge has been idle since early February after a busy campaign in 2008 during which he won five of 15 starts. He has run well fresh previously and teamed with his rider on Sunday, Francisco Torres, to win two races here a year ago.

Dyna's Greeley glad to be home

Thursday marked the homecoming of both Cecil Borel and his promising filly Dyna's Greeley. Borel, older brother of Kentucky Derby-winning rider Calvin Borel, was back home after spending the spring and early summer in Kentucky. Dyna's Greeley had not been seen in these parts since winning at first asking as a 2-year-old last September.

In Thursday's featured entry-level optional claimer, Dyna's Greeley ($6.60) settled nicely under Don Simington before unleashing a powerful surge in the final furlong to win going away. The daughter of Dynaformer is now two-for-two over the main track here.

Turf course gets a day off

The turf course received a well-deserved dose of R & R on Friday when some much needed rain fell on the area Thursday night, necessitating movement of Friday's turf races to the main track.

The course has performed yeoman duty this summer, which has already produced 12 days of temperatures of 100 degrees or greater. Through Thursday, the 36th day of racing this season, there have been 84 races carded on the grass.

"This break should really help us," track superintendent Billy McKeever said Friday morning. "We had just aerated the course so we should be set up nicely for the remainder of the season."