08/05/2009 11:00PM

Conditions right for Mini Mom


Mini Mom gets the right distance and her best surface in the $50,000 Vivacious Handicap at River Downs. Trainer Tim Hamm is not concerned that his 5-year-old mare has been defeated by another entrant, Indian Ink, in her past two starts.

"She cannot run on the mud at all," Hamm said of the July 11 allowance race that Indian Ink won by 14 1/2 lengths. "The race was called off the turf while we were in the paddock. She was shod for the turf, and there is no way she can get a hold of a track with those type of shoes on her feet. I was just glad she didn't fall down."

In her previous start June 23, Mini Mom was beaten a half-length in a 7 1/2-furlong turf event here, again by Indian Ink.

"She was stuck down inside for a long time," Hamm said. "By the time she got out, it was too late. She was gaining, but just too late. It was just bad racing luck, but that is horse racing. Sometimes you have it, and sometimes you don't."

Prior to that race, Mini Mom won a $50,000 claiming event at Arlington Park on May 24, earning an 83 Beyer Speed Figure, the highest turf figure of any starter and the same figure she earned over the Keeneland turf in her first out of the year on May 10. Hamm is confident about Mini Mom's chances in the nine-horse Vivacious and thinks the 1 1/16-mile distance suits his mare well.

"She loves the turf, and the distance is perfect," he said.

Hector Rosario Jr. will ride Mini Mom for the first time.

"He is riding really well right now," Hamm said. "He has plenty of confidence and great ability. I think he will give her a good chance to win."

Should the Vivacious come off the turf, the 2007 Ohio champion filly and 2008 champion handicap mare Pay the Man will be tough. Trained by Miguel Feliciano, Pay the Man has won 3 of 5 starts this year and is the highweight in the field. Ricky Feliciano will ride.