01/20/2005 12:00AM

Distance, company point out winner


Lil Cream Puff has much in her favor Saturday night when she starts in the $50,000 Genesis for 3-year-old fillies at Delta Downs in Vinton, La., but two things stand out. The first is that she will return to racing over her favorite trip, two turns, in the 6 1/2-furlong race. The second is her company lines. In her last start she was second to The Beter Man Can, subsequent winner of the $100,000 Tiffany Lass at Fair Grounds.

Lil Cream Puff has scored both of her wins around two turns, and she should be sharp for the move back to two turns after finishing second last out in the filly division of the $85,000 Louisiana Futurity going six furlongs at Fair Grounds.

Lil Cream Puff could get a nice stalking trip behind Indigo Girl, who figures to set the pace in her first start around two turns. Steve Bourque will ride Lil Cream Puff for trainer Keith Bourgeois, while Guy Smith has the mount on Indigo Girl.

Indigo Girl was prominent throughout in her last start, finishing second to Equestrian Girls in the $100,000 Louisiana Champions Day Lassie at Fair Grounds on Dec. 11. Before that race she won three straight starts in wire-to-wire fashion. She is trained by Sam Breaux.

The Genesis is for open company, but the only filly in the six-horse field not bred in Louisiana is Glorious Prospect, who won her debut in her last start, on Dec. 21. The win came over seven furlongs, and at 32-1.

* Delta officials said races 5 through 8 will make up the $25,000 guaranteed pick four to be offered on Louisiana Premiere Night on Feb. 5.

The races themselves in the sequence have yet to be determined, but they will most likely include the $200,000 Championship and the $150,000 Distaff. Premiere Night is a program of 10 stakes worth $1 million, all for horses bred in Louisiana. Special first post for the card is 5 p.m. Central.