06/24/2007 11:00PM

Delightful Kiss stuck in post 13


Delightful Kiss, the 24-1 upset winner of the Grade 2 Ohio Derby who could go favored in Friday night's $250,000 Iowa Derby, drew posto13 in a field of 14 when entries for the 1 1/16-mile race were pulled on Monday. The Iowa Derby is the richest of three stakes on the card at Prairie Meadows.

The field also includes a handful of horses on win streaks. Greeley's Conquest has won his last four starts, including the $50,000 Prairie Mile here June 9. Sahara Heat will be looking for his fourth straight win, his latest score coming in the Grade 3 Marine at Woodbine on Mayo19. Winstrella makes his stakes debut off back-to-back wins for trainer Todd Pletcher.

All three drew inside of Delightful Kiss, who will have to overcome the wide post Friday.

"I wouldn't choose it if I had a choice," said Pete Anderson, who trains Delightful Kiss. "When you're in 13, you're taking a lot of the worst of it.

"He couldn't be doing any better. It's a gargantuan field, but he's trained good and we'll just have to see what happens."

Jeff Sanchez has the mount on Delightful Kiss, who will fly from Churchill Downs to Iowa on Wednesday morning, said Anderson.

The complete field from the rail with riders is: Winstrella, John Velazquez; Try to Fly, Joe Talamo; Sahara Heat, Rafael Bejarano; Candid Image, Mary Doser; Going Ballistic, Cliff Berry; Speedway, David Flores; Greeley's Conquest, Larry Sterling Jr.; Codio, Luis Quinonez; Flashstorm, Terry Thompson; Who Let the Cat In, Jose Ferrer; Visions in Color, Alex Jimenez; Loose Leaf, Robby Albarado; Delightful Kiss; and Sumac, Belen Quinonez.

* High Again, who won the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream in March, could go favored in the Grade 3, $200,000 Iowa Oaks, which drew 10. The race will be run at 1 1/16 miles. High Again was second in the Grade 3 Dogwood at Churchill on June 2. Flores has the mount for trainer Bill Mott.

* Miss Macy Sue has won three stakes in three starts this year, making her the one to beat in the $100,000 Saylorville, a six-furlong race for fillies and mares. She faces five others, including Grade 2 winners Ready to Please and Fiery Pursuit. Miss Macy Sue won the Grade 3 Winning Colors at Churchill on May 28. Eddie Razo Jr. has the mount for trainer Kelly Von Hemel.

The three-stakes program Friday night will be followed by a rich stakes triple Saturday, and a stakes double on Monday.