06/09/2004 11:00PM

Everheart looks the fastest of all


No filly in the $50,000 Dixie Miss Stakes at Louisiana Downs on Saturday has run six furlongs faster than Everheart, and she should go favored in the field of eight 3-year-old fillies that includes stakes winners Movant, Bluegrass Sara, and K J's Girl.

Everheart won her first stakes in her first attempt last out, when she won the $50,000 Wafare Farm Stakes at Lone Star Park in a blazing time of 1:08.80. Before that, she won a six-furlong allowance at Fair Grounds in 1:09.80.

The next-fastest six-furlong time recorded by any horse in the Dixie Miss was the 1:10.60 in which Boston Express won an entry-level allowance at Lone Star.

Everheart won the Wafare by 4 1/4 lengths. She stalked Boston Express in the early going of the May 22 race and ran past her in the stretch.

"She's pretty talented," said Steve Asmussen, who trains Everheart for Padua Stables.

Everheart, a daughter of Grand Slam, has won three of her six career starts. She won her career debut at Keeneland last October, then came back to clear her entry-level allowance condition at Fair Grounds.

Everheart could again stalk Boston Express, who drew the rail. Corey Lanerie will ride Everheart, while John Jacinto has the mount on Boston Express, who in her last start finished second in the Wafare Farm. Boston Express is a two-time winner trained by Cole Norman.

Movant invades from Churchill Downs for the Dixie Miss. She closed for second last out in the $112,000 Open Mind, which was her first start on turf. Earlier in her career, Movant won three straight dirt sprints, including the $60,000 Thelma Stakes at Fair Grounds in January.

She wired the field in that race, but has been using off-the-pace tactics in recent races, and she shows a relaxed series of works in preparation for the Dixie Miss. The race will be her third start back from a layoff. Lonnie Meche has the mount for trainer Tom Amoss.

Others of interest in the Dixie Miss include Bluegrass Sara, who returned from an eight-month layoff last out to close for third in the Wafare Farm. Last year, Bluegrass Sara won the fillies division of the Texas Thoroughbred Association Sales Futurity as well as the $75,000 Silver Spur Breeders' Cup, which came against open company. Both those races were at Lone Star.

Roman Chapa has the mount on Bluegrass Sara, also trained by Asmussen. The two horses will not be coupled.