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Updated on 09/15/2011 1:41PM
DRF's Saturday Stakes roundup
Dash for Daylight, He Be Irish clash in Bernhardt
Given the depth and competitiveness of the Don Bernhardt Stakes, horseplayers at Ellis Park probably don't even mind that many of Kentucky's top sprinters have migrated to Saratoga or Arlington for the rest of the summer.
Eleven older sprinters have been entered in the $50,000 Don Bernhardt, a six-furlong race that will be run for the 24th time at the Henderson, Ky., track.
Dash for Daylight, who reached peak form at the recent Churchill Downs meet, and He Be Irish, winner of an opening-day prep, are just two among a handful of contenders in the Bernhardt.
Dash for Daylight, trained by Elliott Walden, was very sharp capturing a June 13 allowance in Louisville and it would take plenty to beat him with a repeat of that race. He subsequently finished a solid third behind Bet on Sunshine in the Aristides Handicap.
He Be Irish, trained by Rick Hiles, snapped a seven-race losing streak by winning the July 11 prep for this race with authority.
Others who rate highly include Classy E.T., Sold to Wallstreet, and Better Road. Notably, perennial leading rider Jon Court will be aboard Better Road, even after having ridden He Be Irish on opening day.
Also in the field are Harlan Traveler, Smart Revenge, Proven Cure, Outside the War, Little Lee, and Silver Swinger.
Bet on Sunshine, winner of the Bernhardt in 1997 and 1999, is passing the race to run in the $100,000 Arlington Sprint on Aug. 25.
The Bernhardt is the ninth of 10 races on a Saturday card that also includes three allowances (races six through eight). First post is 12:40 p.m.
- Marty McGee
River Downs: Undefeated Rose
A deep field of eight 3-year-old Ohio-bred fillies, including the undefeated Runaway Rose, squares off over 1 1/8 miles in the $100,000 Queen City Oaks at River Downs on Saturday.
A case can be made for as many six of the fillies in the Queen City Oaks, but a lot of attention will go to Runaway Rose, who is unbeaten in three starts. She romped by nine in her debut, and was much the best in her other starts, including the Royal North Stakes at Beulah in April. Though she has a route-oriented pedigree, Runaway Rose has yet to run beyond six furlongs.
The top three finishers in the 1 1/16-mile Annie Oakley at Thistledown are entered in the Queen City Oaks and will pose serious threats to Runaway Rose.
Eye Slew the City wired the Annie Oakley field while on an uncontested lead, finishing nearly two lengths ahead of Ashwood C C, who again demonstrated a severe case of seconditis with her sixth runner-up effort in 11 starts this season. Ashwood C C has only a single win on the year, in a six-furlong allowance three starts back.
Across the Creek, the beaten favorite in the Annie Oakley, dropped far off the pace and rallied to lose by only two lengths. She has the most two-turn experience of anyone in the field, and has won two stakes going long - the Best of Ohio Juvenile Fillies last year and the Horizon at River Downs on May 19.
Other contenders include Left Lane Lorrain and Mensa Madam. Left Lane Lorrain, whose three career wins have come in stakes, successfully transferred her form to turf with a seven-length win in the Cincinnatian here two weeks ago. Mensa Madam, who will be making her stakes debut Saturday, missed winning her third straight race by a head July 14. She should contribute to the early pace.
- Vance Hanson
Louisiana Downs: Outside for favorite
BOSSIER CITY, La. - Miss Photogenic may be favored in Saturday's Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs, which drew a field of 12 3-year-old fillies going six furlongs. The $40,000 headliner will be run as the seventh of 10 races.
Miss Photogenic, trained by Brent Davidson, began her year with a 4 1/2-length score in maiden company. She then quickly went through her conditions by reeling off two victories against allowance foes. In her most recent start, Miss Photogenic set the pace and finished second in the Valor Farm Stakes at Lone Star.
Miss Photogenic's task on Saturday was made harder when she drew post 12. Jeff Faul will ride at 116 pounds.
Rail to Seattle, who pulled off a minor upset over heavily favored Lettuce Loose in the Fantasia Stakes on July 1, will also garner considerable betting. Owned by Keith and Earl Hernandez and trained by Frank Leggio, Rail to Seattle will be seeking her third straight victory and the sixth of her career. Brian Hernandez has been given the return call at 121 pounds.
Leading trainer Cole Norman sends out the K.K. and Vilasini Jayaraman-owned entry of Trickski and My Sky Beauty, who appears to the stronger half of the duo. She will be returning to the main track following an unsuccessful try in the $125,000 Walmac Lone Star Oaks on the turf.
Anthony Lovato rides My Sky Beauty and Carlos Gonzalez will be aboard Trickski. Each carries 116 pounds.
- Jeff Taylor
Prairie Meadows: Filly looks best
ALTOONA, Iowa - Rarely is a 3-year-old filly favored against males in a two-turn stakes, but that will likely be the case when Sharky's Review heads a field of six in Saturday evening's mile and 70-yard Iowa Stallion Stakes at Prairie Meadows.
Sharky's Review enters the $50,000-added Stallion Stakes off her first career loss, as she finished third, beaten 11 1/2 lengths by Unbridled Elaine, in the $150,000 Iowa Oaks at 1 1/16 miles here July 5. Previously, Sharky's Review had scored three straight come-from-behind sprint victories here, including the $60,000 Bob Bryant Stakes on May 28.
Sharky's Review has earned more than $105,000 for owner Paul Tonderum, and she is trained by Mark Bader. Luis Quinonez, who has ridden Sharky's Review in all four of her starts, has a return call on Saturday.
Weahrushhah looks like the main danger in the Stallion Stakes. Weahrushhah, a front-running son of Waki Warrior, has finished second in stakes three times, most recently in the $60,000 Grays Lake here May 27. Dick Clark trains Weahrushhah for owner-breeder Jim Schaben.
Weahrushhah sports a career record of 2-3-0 from nine starts, good for $8,540 in earnings. Regular rider David Essman will be aboard.
- Dave Basler