05/13/2009 12:00AM

Distinctive Dixie sharp for allowance

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Nursery Rhyme has been entered in a one-mile second-level allowance Friday at Churchill Downs. The race was one five canceled due to heavy rain last Friday.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - They'll try it again. One of the five races washed out last Friday at Churchill Downs, a second-level allowance for fillies and mares, is back on the drawing board a week later, once again occupying the feature slot on a twilight program.

Three of the six fillies from last week were rounded up for a reprisal, with Quick Notice and Nursery Rhyme still among the main players. This time, however, the $52,700 one-mile feature also drew Distinctive Dixie, runner-up in the April 8 Bayakoa Stakes at Oaklawn Park in her last race.

Distinctive Dixie, trained by Wally Dollase, came to hand at Fair Grounds over the winter when going through her maiden and first allowance condition in quick order, after which she was shipped to Oaklawn for her sharp effort behind Euphony in the Bayakoa.

Quick Notice most recently was third in the Sixty Sails Handicap at Hawthorne Park, while Nursery Rhyme comes off a fourth-place finish in an April 11 allowance at Keeneland.

First post Friday is 2:45 p.m. Eastern.

Cash Refund making stakes debut

The highlight of the coming weekend at Churchill, the $100,000 Matt Winn Stakes on Saturday, shapes up as an intriguing matchup of a 3-year-old with proven stakes form versus one with flashy figures but no stakes experience.

Capt. Candyman Can, a winner of three graded stakes, including the Iroquois here last fall, will be favored over Cash Refund, a colt who earned a gaudy 110 Beyer Speed Figure in winning an opening-day allowance race.

"Our horse has big numbers," said Steve Margolis, who trains Cash Refund for the Klein family of Louisville, "but the other horse already is an accomplished animal. It should be interesting."

Only five 3-year-olds were entered in the seven-furlong Matt Winn. Capt. Candyman Can, with Javier Castellano in from New York to ride for trainer Ian Wilkes, was assigned post 4, and Cash Refund, with Brian Hernandez Jr. up, got post 3.

The Matt Winn is carded as the 10th of 11 Saturday races, with post time set for 5:29 p.m. The simulcast of the Preakness will follow the live card. Advance wagering on the Preakness will be available Friday at Churchill and at simulcast outlets throughout Kentucky.

Churchill slashes purses for stakes

Aside from cutting seven dates from the spring meet, Churchill also was granted permission Tuesday by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission to slash $425,000 in purse money from the remaining stakes schedule.

The most notable decrease comes with the Grade 1 Stephen Foster Handicap on June 13. The Foster purse has been dropped from $750,000 to $600,000.

Five other stakes, all of them graded, are affected. They are: Grade 3 Early Times Mint Julep, to be run June 6, from $150,000 to $100,000; Grade 2 Fleur de Lis Handicap (June 13), from $300,000 to $200,000; Grade 2 Jefferson Cup (June 13), from $200,000 to $150,000; Grade 3 Northern Dancer (June 13), from $150,000 to $100,000; and the Grade 2 Firecracker Handicap (July 4), from $175,000 to $150,000.

Leparoux wins 1,000th race

Jockey Julien Leparoux, who rode his first race in North America in summer 2005, notched the 1,000th victory of his career when booting home My Little Connor ($6.20) in the third race Wednesday at Churchill.

Several other Kentucky-based horsemen also were sitting on notable milestones heading into Wednesday action. Jockey Robby Albarado was seven wins short of the 4,000 mark, while trainers Ken McPeek and Bill Connelly were two wins shy of the 1,000 mark.

* The first bank of temporary lights to be used for three upcoming nighttime programs at Churchill recently was erected outside of the clubhouse turn. Track officials say the installation of the rest of the lights will begin in earnest Monday.

For the first time in track history, nighttime cards will be run June 19, June 26, and July 2.

* Here's a trick question that can probably win a bar bet: How many times has the jockey Borel won the Kentucky Derby?

No, it's not two - although Calvin Borel has won twice, with Street Sense in 2007 and Mine That Bird in 2009. Actually, the correct answer is three. Charles Borel (apparently no relation) rode Omar Khayyam to victory in the 1917 running.

* Jockey Corey Lanerie will return to riding here Saturday after missing Wednesday through Friday. Lanerie was suspended for three days for his role in the disqualification of his mount, Cross Village, from first to third in the seventh race May 7.

* Jockey John McKee, who was active this winter and spring at Turfway Park and Keeneland, recently left the circuit for Presque Isle Downs in Pennsylvania. McKee plans to return to ride in Kentucky sometime in the fall.