11/11/2009 1:00AM

Day of Victory offers a price in return


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - One week after Pure Clan couldn't quite catch up to Midday in the Breeders' Cup Filly and Mare Turf, trainer Bob Holthus is looking for a little more luck on Friday the 13th at Churchill Downs.

Holthus will run Day of Victory as one of the contenders in the Friday feature, a $56,000 classified allowance at a mile on turf. Although the last race for Day of Victory resulted in a poor finish in late July at Ellis Park, Holthus said the 4-year-old filly "kind of wrenched in an ankle in that race" but has recovered nicely in recent weeks.

"Her last few works here have been really good," he said. "Hopefully, she'll show up this time and run better."

Day of Victory is one of eight fillies and mares entered in the sixth of 10 Friday races. Although several of her best races have come on dirt, she does show a turf victory from five attempts. With Terry Thompson to ride, Day of Victory figures as one of the middling wagering choices, while favoritism could go to Tammy's Victress, a romping winner last out at Delaware Park; Dreaming of Liz, a Frank Calabrese filly who figures dangerous on the lead; or Lady Carlock, who has earned nearly $300,000 and owns 2 wins and 4 seconds from 7 tries on the Churchill turf.

If the race is rained off the turf, the lone main-track-only entrant, Unforgotten, should come under strong consideration. The Dallas Stewart-trained mare has earned more than $450,000 while doing her best work on dirt and synthetics.

Holthus, a trainer since 1952, said Wednesday that he is pleased with how Pure Clan came out of her runner-up finish in the Breeders' Cup at Santa Anita. He said the 4-year-old filly "is going to stay here at Churchill about another week and wind down, and then she'll get 45 days off" at Lakland Farm.

Both Pure Clan and Day of Victory are owned by Lewis Lakin, who owns Lakland in Versailles, Ky.

One other allowance (race 9) is carded for Friday. Hamazing Destiny, a 3-year-old exiting a failed effort versus older in the Phoenix Stakes, is a tepid morning-line favorite in a field of seven in a $48,000 six-furlong race sporting first-level conditions.

First post is 12:40 p.m. Eastern.