03/25/2010 12:00AM

Good spot for Age of Humor


As one of 10 entries in Saturday's Grade 3, $125,000 Bourbonette Stakes at Turfway Park on Saturday, Age of Humor has no names in italics in her last-race running line, signifying a next-out winner from one of the top-three finishers.

Yet her last race, the Grade 3 Silverbulletday at Fair Grounds on Feb. 20, has shown the makings of a productive race after fifth-place finisher Devil May Care returned to win the Grade 2 Bonnie Miss at Gulfstream last weekend.

Age of Humor ran similarly to Devil May Care in the Silverbulletday in that she chased the pace of Quiet Temper before losing by large margin to victorious Jody Slew. But Age of Humor did something in the Silverbulletday that Devil May Care did not; she hit the board.

After going from second to sixth at the top of the stretch, she shifted to the outside and while still losing ground on the top two finishers, came on to be third, 10 lengths behind the winner.

Trainer Mike Maker, who began training Age of Humor earlier this year after she purchased for $350,000 at the Keeneland January sale, said he was not surprised by her falling back after getting intimidated racing inside of Devil May Care down the backstretch.

"We had some similar problems with her being inside of horses during works," Maker said, so much so that he requested she be allowed to wear blinkers in the Silverbulletday.

According to Maker, Fair Grounds racing officials would not allow the change because she had won her preceding race without blinkers, the Busanda Stakes at Aqueduct.

With blinkers added, Maker anticipates an improved performance in the Bourbonette. Russell Baze rides Age of Humor, who breaks from post 9, a starting position that may keep her away from the inside trip she disdains.

Maker also starts Lisa's Kitten, who won the La Senorita on turf last fall at Retama. Although she was last of 10 in the Valdale when making her first start on Polytrack at Turfway on Feb. 20, Maker is treating that race as a toss out.

"She stepped on herself leaving the gate, and bled; it was one thing after another," he said.

Stakes winners Cascading, Cactus Cadillac, and Helen Belen add talent to the Bourbonette, a mile race for 3-year-old fillies on the Polytrack.