09/25/2008 12:00AM

Full fields in final three stakes of meet


The final three stakes of the meet highlight the penultimate day of racing at the 101-day Presque Isle Downs meet. The stakes are worth $100,000 each and all three attracted full fields of 12.

The seventh race on the card is the HBPA, a mile and 70-yard race for fillies and mares. Leah's Secret, who is coming off an even fourth-place finish in the Grade 1 Ballerina at Saratoga, will be the favorite in the HBPA if she starts. Trainer Todd Pletcher has also entered her in Saturday's Grade 1 Beldame at Belmont Park.

Earlier in the year, Leah's Secret finished second in the Grade 2 Louisville Breeders' Cup at Churchill Downs and second in the Grade 3 Arlington Matron before winning the Grade 3 Chicago Breeders' Cup at Arlington on June 28. A big race can be expected by Leah's Secret after a bullet work over the Oklahoma track at Saratoga last Monday.

Dale Beckner, second in the Presque Isle standings, has been named to ride.

Peach Flambe signaled her readiness for the HBPA last Sunday with a bullet work at Monmouth Park for trainer Mark Hennig. A 5-year-old daughter of Flying Chevron, she has good early speed, and jockey Stewart Elliott will try to lead from gate to wire. Last winter, Peach Flambe ran second in the Sunshine Millions Distaff and won the Cicada at Gulfstream Park.

Salty Response comes into the race off a five-length win in the $100,000 Lady's Secret at Monmouth on Aug. 3. Trained by Steve Klesaris, Salty Response earned a lifetime high Beyer of 98 in the Lady's Secret, the highest in the field. Ronnie Allen Jr. will ride.

Afternoon Stroll in for Debutante

The two earlier stakes on the card, the fifth and sixth races, are for 2-year-olds. The six-furlong Presque Isle Debutante is headed by Afternoon Stroll. Trained by Tim Hamm, Afternoon Stroll won the $100,000 Bassinet at River Downs in her last start on Aug. 30. Hamm treated Afternoon Stroll with Lasix for the first time in that race. Afternoon Stroll won a maiden race at Presque Isle by five lengths July 25.

Mike Maker sends out the other stakes winner in the field, Partners Star. A winner of her last three races, Partners Star won the Debutante at Ellis Park in her last out Aug. 16.

There are three undefeated fillies in the field. Our Khrysty has won a maiden race at Penn National and an allowance at Philadelphia Park; Seven Seventythree has won a maiden and an allowance here; and Lady Mercedes won a maiden race at Delaware.

King Puma tops Dixon Memorial

The 6 1/2-furlong Fitz Dixon Jr. Memorial is headed by King Puma. Trained by Kelly Breen, King Puma was a $375,000 purchase in February. The son of Forest Wildcat was heavily favored in his debut Sept. 1 at Monmouth and didn't disappoint, winning in hand by seven lengths while earning a Beyer of 83, the highest figure in the race. King Puma worked a quick half-mile in 46.30 at Monmouth on Saturday, the best of 46 that day.

Elliott retains the mount.

Peace Town is one of only three in the Dixon to have won two races. Trained by Michael Trombetta, Peace Town won a maiden race at Delaware by eight lengths June 17, then came back to win an optional claiming race at Laurel on Aug. 14. Ronnie Allen Jr. will ride.

Steve Asmussen sends out Cognito. He won a maiden race July 23 before getting in trouble at the start of the Grade 1 Hopeful at Saratoga.

Ryan Fogelsonger gets the call.