06/11/2007 11:00PM

Hawley's top filly keeps him on road


Trainer Wes Hawley has begun to move a strong stable of horses into Louisiana Downs after spending the past few months racing in Kentucky. His Louisiana Downs stable will be led by four stakes-quality fillies: Dawn After Dawn, Aly's Vow, Queezee Deezee, and Beyond Infinity.

Hawley has long been a Louisiana Downs regular, but spent his spring out of state this year for a couple of reasons, chief among them Dawn After Dawn. She ran third in the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland in April and advanced to the Kentucky Oaks, where she finished fourth. Dawn After Dawn is due to arrive here in mid-July, while Hawley has spent the past few weeks moving other members of his stable into Bossier City, La.

"I've got 13 there right now, and I've got a few more to get in when some stalls open up," he said.

Dawn After Dawn is to run Saturday at Churchill Downs in the Grade 3, $200,000 Regret. Hawley said that beyond the Regret, plans are to run her in either the Grade 2, $500,000 Delaware Oaks on July 14, or, if invited, possibly the Grade 1, $750,000 American Oaks at Hollywood Park on July 6.

"We're just going to see where everything falls into line," he said. "She's outrun horses that have come back and won Grade 1's."

Hawley said Dawn After Dawn's main objective at Louisiana Downs would be the $200,000 DeBartolo Oaks on Sept. 22.

Aly's Vow, a stakes winner and the runner-up in last year's DeBartolo, is rehabbing from a minor injury to her hind leg. She will do some swimming before shipping here this fall, said Hawley.

"She may even make a race at the latter part of the meet," he said.

Queezee Deezee won the $75,000 Azalea at Delta Downs in her last start, March 16. She is settled in at Louisiana Downs, with a couple of statebred stakes as objectives on the horizon. Hawley said she is being pointed for the Louisiana Legends Night program at Evangeline Downs on June 30, and the Louisiana Downs Champions Day card July 21.

Beyond Infinity is also now based at Louisiana Downs. In her last start, she was third in a first-level allowance at Churchill, earning a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 82.

"Beyond Infinity is probably one of the best horses I've ever trained," said Hawley.

Down the road, Hawley said, Beyond Infinity could start in a stakes at Remington Park in August. She is a 3-year-old daughter of Holy Bull.

Hawley's barn is not all girl power. The venerable Z Storm was second in a starter allowance last out at Churchill and will be looking at suitable races on Legends Night and Louisiana Downs Champions Day, said Hawley.

Riquelme fractures heel

Jockey Jose Riquelme has been diagnosed with four hairline fractures in the heel of his right foot following an accident in the fifth race last Friday, said his agent, Paul Pembo. Riquelme will be out of action for at least four weeks.

Riquelme was pulling up his mount, Playmates Tunnel, who broke down on the turn, when a trailing horse collided with them and the impact catapulted Riquelme from the saddle.

"He really didn't expect that, so he put the foot down to brace his fall, and he put it down heel-first, and that's what caused those fractures," said Pembo.

Pembo said Riquelme went to a specialist on Monday. The doctor told him to keep weight off the foot and to return for X-rays in early July.

"He said, 'It actually is up to you how fast it heals,' " said Pembo. "He said if it heals fast, you could be back in four weeks. If it heals real slow, you're maybe talking eight to nine weeks."

The injury comes at an inopportune time. Riquelme is the sixth-leading rider at the meet, and had won the race before the accident, a $50,000 optional claimer, with Limitless.

* Stormy Surge is a top contender in Thursday's featured ninth race, a first-level allowance for statebreds at about 1 1/16 miles on turf. Trainer Kelly Broussard has given the mount to Kirk LeBlanc. The third race, a maiden sprint on turf, drew the promising 3-year-old Jade Harbor.