05/28/2004 11:00PM

Cold Water and Jamian rematched


A pair of $40,000 turf stakes for 3-year-olds highlight the Memorial Day racing program at Indiana Downs. The one-mile Checkered Flag is for open company and the 7 1/2-furlong Governor's is for Indiana-breds.

Four of the six runners entered in the Checkered Flag come out of an allowance prep here on May 16, also at a mile over the turf course. In that race Cold Water went gate to wire, winning by 3 1/4 lengths at odds of 19-1 under Eddie Zuniga.

That was Cold Water's first race on the turf, and the surface switch seemed to move him up several lengths. Trainer Curvin Smith has given Zuniga a return call on Monday.

Jamian, who finished third in the May 16 race as the 9-5 favorite, could turn the tables in the Checkered Flag. Trained by David Pate, Jamian has a career record of 1-6-2 from 14 starts and has finished second or third in all four of his tries on turf. The meet's leading rider, Rodney Prescott, has a return call aboard Jamian.

Jamian does his best running from off the pace and should get help from the two newcomers, Ky Deputy and Little Nicky Regs, who both figure to pressure Cold Water early.

Ky Deputy tries two turns and turf for the first time Monday. A gelded son of French Deputy, Ky Deputy was a gate-to-wire winner over about seven furlongs at Keeneland versus maiden special weight company on April 23. He returned at Churchill on May 8 and pressed the pace through a wicked half-mile in 44.73 seconds before tiring to finish sixth in a mile allowance event. Bonnie Castaneda once again will ride Ky Deputy for his owner-trainer, Marco Castaneda.

Liepers Fork and Edgerrin head the 10-horse field in the Governor's.

Liepers Fork captured the Harrison Stakes, a sprint for statebreds here on May 2. In his last start, Liepers Fork made a four-wide middle move before tiring to finish last of six in a one-mile turf prep for the Checkered Flag on May 16. He finished fourth in a Fair Grounds allowance in March in his only other start on turf.

Orlando Mojica has a return call aboard Liepers Fork in the Governor's for trainer Richard Kohnhorst.

Edgerrin was undefeated in three starts last year, including two statebred stakes at Hoosier Park. But in two starts this year, Edgerrin's best effort was a third, beaten three lengths, in an

April 25 allowance race here. Bill Troilo will be aboard Edgerrin for the first time on Monday.