08/03/2011 1:07PM

Columbus: Sookie’s Kookies out for four in a row


COLUMBUS, Neb. – Sookie’s Kookies will try to extend her three-race win streak when a field of eight 3-year-old fillies goes six furlongs in the $10,000-added Inaugural Stakes to start out the second weekend of racing at Columbus on Friday night.

Sookie’s Kookies got off to a rocky start this year but turned things around when she won her maiden for a $12,500 claiming price at Prairie Meadows on June 24. She returned to capture the Breeders’ Special against Nebraska-breds at Lincoln Race Course on July 10, then drew off for a five-length win going a mile in the Fantango Lady Stakes on July 21 at Horsemen’s Park in Omaha. She returns to the six-furlong distance here for trainer Brian Roberts and will likely be the favorite in this group.

C O Barqueen, a winner of three races at Fonner Park this year, failed to fire her best shot when she ran fifth in the Princess Stakes at Lincoln. She then was shipped to Assiniboia Downs in Canada where she caught a muddy track when sixth in the Chantilly Stakees. C O Barqueen appeared the the best of the 3-year-old filly crop this spring for trainer Jim Compton and the longer stretch of this five-eighth-mile oval could be what it takes to get her back to the winner’s circle.

Magicalwayswins and B G New Idea, the one-two finishers in the Princess Stakes at Lincoln on May 21, will also bear watching here. Magicalwayswins, trained by Robert Mitzner, has since been fourth in second-level allowance company at Lincoln since her stakes win. B G New Idea, trained by Cresencio Arceo, was fourth against older $10,000 claiming company at Horsemen’s Park and has worked her way through allowance company this summer.

◗ Jordan Olesiak pulled off a riding rarity by sweeping the early daily doubles on all three days of last weekend’s racing. Olesiak swept the Friday double aboard Chuck Turco-trained runners to return $18.80 then swept on Saturday for a $43.20 return and followed up Sunday at $25.40.