04/08/2009 11:00PM

Hallowed Dreams lacks clear favorite


Saturday night's $50,000 Hallowed Dreams, named for the Louisiana-bred who won 16 consecutive races and who was based at Evangeline Downs, drew a solid field of eight 3-year-old fillies slated to go 5 1/2 furlongs at Evangeline.

Given the competitiveness of the group, it's uncertain who will be favored. A Day for Dancing could be a slight choice off her run of stakes performances, although the Steve Asmussen charge is looking for her first win since a narrow triumph in the Prairie Meadows Debutante late last summer. She has been forced to settle for second-place finishes in 3 of her 5 starts since then. Jockey Randall Toups will try to end the win drought from post 1.

Southern Yankee makes her first sprint start since a seven-length allowance score at Mountaineer as a 2-year-old. The Olivo Inirio trainee was a two-time stakes winner at the recently concluded Delta meeting and most recently narrowly missed in the $75,000 Green Oaks at that oval on March 30. Overall, Southern Yankee has won 4 times from 8 starts and has the highest Beyer Speed Figure in the field, an 87, which she posted in winning the Genesis Stakes earlier this year. Diego Saenz will be in the saddle.

Amozan Ruler also enjoyed a solid Delta meeting, winning 2 of her 5 starts, including a front-running score in allowance company in her last out. Steve Bourque will be on board Saturday night.