02/18/2009 1:00AM

Greeley's Conquest tunes up


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Trainer Gary Thomas has the region's handicap and sprint divisions covered with the likes of Greeley's Conquest and Golden Yank in his Oaklawn Park barn. Both have major stakes objectives coming up next month, and as part of the preparations Greeley's Conquest will start in an allowance here Thursday.

His presence glosses-up a six-furlong sprint that also drew the comebacking Sebastian County as well as Worththebother, who earned a Beyer Figure of 100 for a starter allowance win locally last month. Also on the card, the quick Seacrettina looks like the controlling speed in a second-level allowance for 3- and 4-year-old fillies. It goes as the ninth, while Greeley City's Conquest will run in the 10th.

The race will be the second since October for Greeley's Conquest, who established himself as a sprinter of note last year during a season in which he finished second in both the Grade 1 Forego at Saratoga and the Grade 3 Ack Ack at Churchill, and won the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Sprint and the $50,000 Temperence Hill at Louisiana Downs.

He comes into the allowance off a fourth-place finish to Native Ruler in the $50,000 King Cotton at Oaklawn on Jan. 31. Greeley's Conquest was close to a hot pace early in the six-furlong race, which went in a swift 1:09.60.

"He got something out of it, but it turned out he needed something," said Thomas. "He was pretty tired. I think he'll be tough."

Thomas, who has given the mount to Glen Murphy, said plans are to run Greeley's Conquest in the $125,000 Duncan F. Kenner at six furlongs at Fair Grounds on March 14.

Multiple stakes winner Golden Yank, a deep closer, will start on that same program in either the Grade 2, $500,000 New Orleans Handicap on dirt or the Grade 2, $500,000 Mervin Muniz on turf, said Thomas.

"He runs good either way," he said. "We've got to figure out which race has the best pace."

Golden Yank was second in the $100,000 Essex at Oaklawn in his last start Feb. 7.

* Seacrettina a stakes winner last year at 2, is making her second start off a layoff in the ninth, which will be run at six furlongs. Quincy Hamilton has the mount on the filly, whose biggest threat in the lane could come from stalker Dancing Fern.

* There is a $74,235 pick-six carryover heading into the races Thursday.