05/02/2012 4:40PM

Churchill Downs: Good Deed as usual looms a threat in Eight Belles

Oaklawn Park/Coady Photography
Good Deed wins the Prima Donna at Oaklawn.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - It's been all or nothing to this point for Good Deed, who has registered four one-sided victories and finished far back twice in six career starts.

On Friday, trainer Steve Margolis will be looking to hit the "all" button again when he sends Good Deed out as one of the top contenders in Churchill Downs' $100,000 Eight Belles Stakes.

Good Deed has registered her four wins by an average margin of better than four lengths. Two of those victories came in stakes including a convincing 4 3/4-length triumph in Oaklawn Park's six-furlong Prima Donna on April 6. Good Deed's two losses have been by an average of nearly 23 lengths, the first in her career debut last summer at Saratoga and the second earlier this year in Gulfstream Park's Grade 2 Forward Gal.

"In both her losses she broke kind of awkward and never really got into the race," said Margolis. "We took our time with her after the Forward Gal and she came back and ran a hell of a race at Oaklawn. When Terry [Thompson] asked her, she really exploded and ran her best race yet. She looks like a nice fit in there, and if she can get another good trip I think she should run big."

The lightly raced but very promising Contested figures to be the favorite for trainer Bob Baffert in the Grade 3 Eight Belles. A daughter of Ghostzapper, she has been a runaway winner in each of her last two starts, returning from a 6 1/2-month layoff to dominate three rivals making her 3-year-old debut at Santa Anita just 19 days ago.
Trainer Dale Romans will be represented in the Eight Belles by Xunlei and My Due Process, both of whom enter the race off victories.

Always Here Too, Small Kitchen, Volcat, and Livi Makenzie complete the field.