07/16/2008 11:00PM

Filly rivals clash in pair of stakes


There will be a filly fight or two at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, when Steamy Ridge gets a rematch with Doyouwanttodance in the $75,000 Hallowed Dreams Breeders' Cup, and Euphony takes another shot at Love to Tell in the $50,000 DeBartolo Oaks.

There are four stakes on the card Saturday worth a cumulative $225,000.

Doyouwanttodance and Steamy Ridge will meet at 6 1/2 furlongs in the Hallowed Dreams for fillies and mares. The two were engaged in an all-out stretch war at Louisiana Downs in their last start on June 29. Doyouwanttodance and Steamy Ridge dueled through a half-mile in 44.60 seconds, then traded more blows in the final furlong. Doyouwanttodance came out a half-length on top, covering five furlongs in 57.20 seconds to earn a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 98.

"She has an enormous heart," said Ralph Irwin, who trains Doyouwanttodance. "She just doesn't give up."

Nor does Steamy Ridge. She had won two straight turf sprints coming into the allowance, one of them over Doyouwanttodance, and she was relentless in the drive.

"I thought she ran game," said Wes Hawley, who trains Steamy Ridge. "She ran against a hard-knocking filly. She stuck her head in front coming down the stretch, but that other filly fought her off gamely. Both of them should have won, but she did that day."

So now, the rematch.

"She's going to really have to run another tough one and hard one to win that race," Irwin said of Doyouwanttodance's task in the Hallowed Dreams.

Kirk LeBlanc will ride Doyouwanttodance, while Don Simington has the mount on Steamy Ridge.

Others adding depth to the nine-horse field include Precious Kiss, an eight-length allowance winner in her last start May 25, and South Atlantic, who is a half-sister to Grade 1 winner Southern Image.

DeBartolo Oaks offers rematch

Love to Tell and Euphony, who finished one-two in the $50,000 Little Treasure at Louisiana Downs on June 21, meet again in the DeBartolo Oaks, which is for 3-year-old fillies at a mile on turf. They should start as top choices in a field of nine that includes Doc's Delight, who beat older rivals last time, and Do The Tiger, who is seeking her third straight win.

Love to Tell closed for a 2 1/4-length win in the Little Treasure, her second win. Her first win came wire to wire in a maiden turf race at Lone Star Park in May. She will break from post 9.

"She's versatile enough, however it plays out," said Mike Burgess, who trains Love to Tell. "If they want to go a little slower than the last time, it doesn't bother her to be on the front end."

Euphony tracked a strong pace in the Little Treasure, a race in which she was favored.

"I think we can run a little better than we did last time and hopefully turn the tables on the winner," said Donnie Von Hemel, who trains Euphony.

Cliff Berry has the mount on Euphony. Larry Taylor will ride Love to Tell.

Juveniles set for turf stakes

The first two stakes on the card, the $50,000 Princess and the $50,000 Minstrel, are both for 2-year-olds at about five furlongs on turf. Run Don't Stroll should start as a top choice in the Princess, which is for fillies.

Run Don't Stroll is a daughter of Stroll, who was a Grade 1 winner on the grass. She has been flattered since her debut win June 12, with three runners who finished behind her returning to win maiden special weight races in their next starts. Cody Meche has the mount for trainer Jim Hodges.

Bertsgoldenmissile owns the best Beyer in the Minstrel, an 81. His sire, Golden Missile, was 2 for 5 on turf. Lonnie Meche has the mount for trainer Jorge Lara.