07/16/2010 12:00AM

Distance a question in juvenile stakes


A full field of 10 juveniles will try six furlongs for the first time in the $25,000-added Capitol City Futurity as the curtain comes down on the 32-day meet at Lincoln Race Course on Sunday.

Four winners are in the field and are joined by a trio making their career debuts, with Alert the Press the only 2-year-old to have won locally. Diane's Grey Dawn, a filly trained by Ray Tracy, is one of three horses made eligible through a $200 supplemental nomination earlier this month.

Alert the Press heads the local contingent for trainer Rodney Davis. A son of Mass Media, Alert the Press was impressive winning his career debut here July 10 under a hand ride by a widening 5 3/4 lengths. The question of distance applies equally to all in this field, so Alert the Press may rate the slight edge based on his strong trip over the track. Chris Fackler has the return mount.

Diane's Grey Dawn won her maiden at Prairie Meadows on June 14 in her second start. A daughter of Pomeroy, Diane's Grey Dawn will have regular rider David Mello aboard.

Also supplemented to the race were Jump Boots from trainer Joe Woodard and Witt's Halo for trainer Dudley Graham. Jump Boots made his debut in the Hoover Stakes at River Downs on July 10, and he encountered trouble at the start and failed to threaten. Witt's Halo was second to Alert the Press here in his first start.

Brenda's Wampum, a four-length winner of her career debut in Iowa on May 13, should be a major factor. An Iowa-bred daughter of Indian Ocean, Brenda's Wampum stalked the pace going 4 1/2 furlongs at Prairie Meadows, bid through upper stretch, and drew off. Shane Laviolette will ride.