07/05/2010 11:00PM

Distinctive Dixie finds a spot


Distinctive Dixie looks to have landed in a much easier spot than her last when she faces nine others older fillies ande mares in the $75,000 Shelby County Arts at Indiana Downs Wednesday evening.

Trained by Wally Dollase, Distinctive Dixie most recently ran second to 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra in the Grade 2 Fleur de Lis at Churchill Downs June 12. A 5-year-old Fusaichi Pegasus mare, Distinctive Dixie chased the pace early before tiring to be beaten 10 1/2 in that 1 1/8-mile event. The turn back to the 1 1/16-mile distance of the Shelby County Arts should be to her liking.

Although winless this year, Distinctive Dixie has run well in her three outings. She finished second, beaten a half-length, April 7 in the Bayakoa at Oaklawn Park, then ran fourth in the Grade 2 La Troienne at Churchill Downs. Both races were at 1 1/16 miles.

Distinctive Dixie signaled her readiness with a bullet work last Tuesday at Churchill Downs. She went five furlongs in 1:00.40, the best of 25 works at the distance. Robby Albarado will ship in to ride. Distinctive Dixie

Taptam has been facing much tougher as well, and most notably ran second to Zenyatta three races back April 9 in the Grade 1 Apple Blossom at Oaklawn Park. Corey Nakatani will ride Taptam, who is trained by Bret Calhoun.

Governors: New surface and distance

Mr Consolidator will attempt the turf and two turns for the first time when he faces eight other Indiana-registered 3-year-olds in the $70,000 Governors going a mile over the Indiana Downs turf course. Trained by Gary Patrick, Mr Consolidator comes into this event off a win in the Snack here June 26. It was his first stakes victory.

A son of Consolidator out of To Dy Fore, who is a daughter of Dynaformer, Mr Consolidator looks to be bred for the surface and distance. Orlando Mojica regains the mount.

Others in the field are Spiritual order, Northern Candyride, Lucky Chuck, Gunner, London Town, Flylikabird, Motown Boy and Siagon Traffic Cop.

There will be only one more Wednesday of racing at the Indiana Downs meet, which concludes July 14.