07/13/2005 11:00PM

Coming off romp in Merry Time, Oh So Easy heads DeBartolo


Oh So Easy appears perfectly spotted to win her second consecutive race in Saturday's $75,000 Rose DeBartolo Memorial Stakes at Thistledown.

A 5-year-old Take That Step mare, Oh So Easy comes into the nine-furlong DeBartolo off an impressive 5 1/4-length win in the Merry Time Stakes here June 18. She beat three of the seven Ohio-bred rivals she will face Saturday in the Merry Time.

Oh So Easy has carved out a 10-4-3 record from 29 career starts and has earnings of $293,970.

Tim Hamm trains Oh So Easy, and her regular rider, Irwin Rosendo, once again will ride. Oh So Easy will race as an entry with Barnsy.

Oh So Easy's main challenge should come from Spring Cat and Girlish Giggle. Spring Cat set the pace in the Merry Time and held on well to be second best. She is trained by Joseph Martin and will be ridden by Ernesto Oro.

Girlish Giggle has won 2 of her 3 races this year, both middle-distance allowances, for her owner-trainer-breeder, John Bourke. Girlish Giggle has shown steady improvement, and her good late kick should benefit from the longer distance of this race. Girlish Giggle, who will be ridden by Scott Spieth, is coupled with Golden Tour.

Whitewater Way holds two decisions over Oh So Easy and has won 1 of her 3 races this season. Trained by Albert Palacios, she was fifth in the Merry Time, but a return to last year's form would make her a top contender. Dana Whitney will ride.