08/23/2006 11:00PM

Half of King Freddie's rivals out for revenge


ALTOONA, Iowa - King Freddie heads a field of 11, including two former winners of the race, in the $75,000-added Ralph Hayes on Saturday at Prairie Meadows. A 1 1/16-mile race for older Iowa-bred colts and geldings, the Hayes is the highlight of the 13th annual Iowa Classic Night, an all-stakes program for statebreds featuring six Thoroughbred stakes totaling more than $420,000.

An improving 4-year-old trained by Doug Anderson, King Freddie scored a 3 1/4-length victory over five of his Hayes rivals in the 1 1/16-mile Cyclones Handicap here June 17. In his most recent start, King Freddie raced close to the front and finished second, beaten a half-length against open company here in the $75,000 Prairie Meadows Handicap.

King Freddie is 5-5-0 from 14 starts and has $166,168 in earnings for his owner and breeder, Jim Hobbs. Tim Doocy has a return call aboard King Freddie, who is the 124-pound starting highweight.

Sur Sandpit, who won last year's Hayes, looks to rebound from two off-the-board outings against open stakes company, in the Grade 2 Cornhusker Breeders' Cup Handicap and the Prairie Meadows Handicap. Before those races, Sur Sandpit finished third, beaten 4 1/2 lengths, following a troubled trip in the Cyclones. Luis Ranilla has a return call aboard Sur Sandpit for trainer Suzie Evans.

Plum Sober, who finished third against open company in the $100,000 Omaha Stakes last out, and Take Me Up, who won the Hayes in 2002 and 2003, add depth to the field.

Tricky's Tick Tock tries to stay perfect

Tricky's Tick Tock will be an overwhelming favorite when he goes for his third win in as many starts Saturday in the $65,000-added Iowa Cradle. He will face eight other 2-year-old colts and geldings.

Larry Jones trains Tricky's Tick Tock, who led from start to finish to score an 8 1/4-length win in the $91,091 Iowa Stallion Futurity at six furlongs here two weeks ago. Doocy has a return call on Tricky's Tick Tock.

* Irish Party is the lone stakes winner entered in the $65,000-added Iowa Sorority, which drew a field of 10 2-year-old fillies. Irish Party led from start to finish to score a three-quarter-length victory against males in the ITBOA Sales Futurity here July 15. Glenn Corbett has a return call on Irish Party, who has won two of her three starts.

* Seekingthereinbow squares off against Thekatcamehome in the $65,000-added Iowa Breeders' Oaks for 3-year-old fillies going 1 1/16 miles.

A front-running daughter of Mutakadim, Seekingthereinbow suffered her first loss last out, when she finished third against males in the $75,000 Iowa Stallion Stakes. She is 5-0-1 from 6 starts and has $129,035 in earnings.

Thekatcamehome, a six-time winner, figures to benefit from a hot early pace in the Oaks as she seeks her third straight win.

* Casper Who and C J Rowdy head a field of eight 3-year-old colts and geldings in the $65,000-added Iowa Breeders' Derby. Wild L is the lone stakes winner in the field. Dick Clark trains both Casper Who and C J Rowdy, as well as Wild L. All three will run uncoupled.

* Gamblers Passion and Switch Lanes, the one-two finishers in this event last year, renew their rivalry in the $75,000-added Donna Reed, a mile and 70-yard race for fillies and mares.