03/16/2008 11:00PM

Clay's Angel dangerous off last


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Oaklawn Park will hold racing on Wednesdays for the remainder of the meet, and for its first such program the track has carded two allowances littered with stakes performers.

The featured ninth is at six furlongs for fillies and mares, with the promising Clay's Angel taking on stakes winners Dimple Pinch, Put Away the Halo, and Ballad of Bertie.

Moyer's Pond, who was the runner-up last year in both the Ohio Derby and Lone Star Derby, meets stakes winners Air Lord and Royal Hudson in the seventh race, a second-level allowance at 1 1/16 miles. Also in the field is the multiple stakes-placed Strong City.

Clay's Angel runs for the hot barn of trainer Larry Jones, who won the Grade 3, $100,000 Honeybee here on Sunday with Eight Belles. Jones also had an 8o1/2-length allowance race winner here last week - Best Vow.

Clay's Angel is making her second start since October. In her first start back, on Feb. 21, she was second by a length to stakes winner Annie Savoy in a 5 1/2-furlong optional claimer at Oaklawn.

"It was a very good comeback for her, and she should improve off of that," said Jones, who trains Clay's Angel for Charles S. Giles.

Joe Johnson will ride the front-running Clay's Angel, who drew well in post 6. She is situated to the immediate outside of her main pace rival, Moroccan Rose, who is making her first start since July, when she was fourth in the $115,000 Hallowed Dreams at Louisiana Downs.

Meanwhile, Moyer's Pond comes into race 7 out of one of the most productive races run so far this meet. He was sixth in the $100,000 Essex Handicap on Feb. 9, and three horses out of that race have come back to win their next starts.

Jonesboro, the runner-up, won the Grade 3, $150,000 Razorback Breeders' Cup here March 8 in his next start. Beta Capo, fourth in the Essex, won the $50,000 Delta Mile at Delta Downs next out, and Richland Creek, seventh in the Essex, came back and won a $35,000 optional claimer at Oaklawn with a Beyer Speed Figure of 105.

Moyer's Pond will be making his third start off a layoff Wednesday. Trainer Tony Reinstedler has given the mount to Calvin Borel. Their rivals appear to be Air Lord, a half-brother to multiple Grade 1 winner Delaware Township, and Royal Hudson, a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Success Express and Greenwood Lake.