07/23/2007 11:00PM

Grass next challenge for Ahead of Her Time


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Turf will be the next frontier for Ahead of Her Time, who ran her career record to 5 for 5 on Saturday in winning the $100,000 Louisiana Breeders' Oaks at Louisiana Downs. The goal is the $200,000 DeBartolo Oaks, said her co-owner and trainer, Jerry Hardin. The turf route for 3-year-old fillies will be run at Louisiana Downs on Sept. 22.

Before that, Ahead of Her Time might start in the $75,000 Lyrique here Aug. 18. Either race would mark the turf debut for Ahead of Her Time, a daughter of Leestown.

"The way she goes and the way she trains, I just believe she'll love it," said Hardin.

Hardin said Ahead of Her Time has a sister who likes grass and that she has a foot that is "as big as a plate."

"And most Leestown fillies like the grass," he said. "I might be wrong, but we're going to try her."

Ahead of Her Time has had the answer for every question she has been asked. In the Oaks, she defeated Kentucky invader Tensas Yucatan. Before that, she won in her first attempt at two turns and under the lights, in the $75,000 Abadie Memorial at Evangeline. And earlier in her career, Ahead of Her Time beat open company in a sprint stakes at Louisiana Downs.

Hardin, who has trained horses for more than 30 years, has developed such female stakes winners as Injustice, a Grade 3 winner of $446,540, and Runaway Fair Lady, a winner of the Pago Hop Breeders' Cup at Fair Grounds.

"I think this is probably the best filly I've had," he said of Ahead of Her Time. "She's got a lot of heart and talent, and a lot of sense.

"She looks like a big colt instead of a filly. But she's always been a big, real muscular filly, and always laid back. She doesn't get excited."

Hardin and his partner Dwight Fugate purchased Ahead of Her Time at a yearling auction for $19,500. Her dam, Street Beat, produced Hisse, who won the $100,000 Laurel Lane at Louisiana Downs on Saturday, and Butter Head, who is stakes-placed on turf for Hardin.

Ahead of Her Time earned a Beyer Speed Figure of 91 on Saturday.

Point Gold to Prelude

Point Gold, who won a first-level allowance here last week, is being pointed for the $100,000 Prelude, said his trainer, Tony Richey. Richey won the Prelude last year with Louisborg. The Prelude, a 1 1/16-mile race for 3-year-olds, serves as a prep for the Grade 2 Super Derby and will be run on Aug. 18.

Point Gold stalked the pace in second en route to a 3 3/4-length win in the allowance July 20. He earned a Beyer Figure of 85.

Point Gold won his maiden last year at Louisiana Downs. The runner-up from that race, Greeley's Conquest, went on to win his next four starts, including the $50,000 Prairie Mile.

Point Gold is a half-brother to Grade 1 winners Chaposa Springs and You and I. He is by Point Given.

New test for Court Mary

Court Mary, a dominating winner of a Louisiana-bred allowance here June 22, will move into open company for the first time in her career in the featured ninth race Thursday.

The second-level allowance is for fillies and mares at one mile and 70 yards. Court Mary won at the distance in the allowance, cruising by 5o3/4 lengths and earning a career-best Beyer of 72.

"This is another dimension for her," said Larry Robideaux, who co-owns and trains Court Mary. "I haven't tested open company yet. I've been running with breeds, and she beat them pretty good the other day going around two turns. I look for a good race out of her."

Court Mary is a 4-year-old by Doneraile Court. She will break from post 6 under John Jacinto.

"I think she'll be right on the pace," said Robideaux. "She's got good tactical speed."

* Wheaton Home, who won a $50,000 optional claiming sprint here July 13, is being pointed for the $50,000 Taliaferro Memorial at Remington on Sept. 9, said his trainer, Jorge Lara. Wheaton Home finished second by a nose in two stakes this summer, the latest being the $50,000 Temperence Hill at Louisiana Downs in June.