10/25/2002 12:00AM

Cielo Girl finds easier spot in Senorita


Cielo Girl, who is 5 for 10 this year, gets back to racing with 3-year-old fillies Sunday in the $30,000 Senorita Stakes at Louisiana Downs after just missing against older rivals last out in the Majorette Handicap.

The seven-furlong Senorita is being run for the first time since 1995.

Cielo Girl has been the picture of consistency this season for owner Ro Parra and trainer Steve Asmussen. She won three allowance races over the summer at Lone Star Park, then notched her first stakes win in August when she drove to a powerful 1 1/4-length win over older rivals in the $50,000 Monique Rene Handicap at Louisiana Downs.

In that race, Cielo Girl defeated top regional sprinters Midge Too and Prized Amberpro. Tim Doocy has the call Sunday.

Leading rider Gerard Melancon will be aboard Bonus Bid, who beat Texas-breds on turf in her last start, when she rallied from off the pace in the $30,000 Selma Stakes at Retama Park.

The return to dirt should suit Bonus Bid; the last time she sprinted on the main track she was a winner. Trainer Cole Norman, who leads the Louisiana Downs standings by almost 70 wins, manages the filly for Auburn Express, Inc.

Another to consider is Gigi's Skyflyer, a half-sister to nine-time stakes winner Voladora who has won two of her last three starts for owner George Kleier and trainer Donnie Von Hemel.