01/28/2009 12:00AM

Hello Again adds to deep filly division


HOT SPRINGS, Ark. - Hello Again, the undefeated winner of the $50,000 Dixie Belle for 3-year-old fillies at Oaklawn last Saturday, is set to make her two-turn debut next month in the $50,000 Martha Washington, trainer Moises Yanez said.

Hello Again came rolling from last for a half-length win in the Dixie Belle, a six-furlong race for which she earned a career-best Beyer Speed Figure of 73. She had won her maiden and a first-level allowance, both against Illinois-bred sprinters at Hawthorne, heading into the race at Oaklawn.

"I think we'll go ahead and try to stretch her out a little bit," Yanez said. "She has family that can go long, and the way she's running, I think she will."

Hello Again, who also closed from off the pace in her first two starts, is a daughter of Yankee Gentleman. She races for Charles Sigrist and is part of the first string of horses Yanez has ever had based at Oaklawn.

My Spanx also is a candidate for the Martha Washington, according to trainer Allen Milligan. The one-mile race, which is to be run Feb. 15, will be My Spanx's first start since she won the $100,000 La Senorita Nov. 1 at Retama Park.

"She is really growing," Milligan said. "I gave her a little time off after that stakes race, and she's done nothing but get better. She looks great."

Rachel Alexandra, winner of the Grade 2 Golden Rod at Churchill Downs in November, remains on schedule to make her 3-year-old debut in the Martha Washington, trainer Hal Wiggins said Wednesday.

The 3-year-old filly Phoenician Moon could make her comeback in the Grade 3, $100,000 Honeybee at Oaklawn on March 15, according to her trainer, Lynn Chleborad. She won the $50,000 Gaylord Memorial at Remington Park last October and then was given time off after finishing seventh in the Grade 3, $500,000 Delta Princess at Delta Downs on Dec. 5.

Six-bagger for Tejera at Retama

Jockey Eguard Tejera won six races at Retama Park on Jan. 22 to continue his strong run there. He is bidding for his third consecutive title, having won Retama's fall titles in both 2007 and 2008. Tejera leads all riders at Retama's winter meet with 48 wins, which is 29 more than the three riders tied for second with 19.

"This is the best meet I've ever had," said Tejera, a 30-year-old native of Uruguay.

Tejera's six-win night came on a 10-race card, and his winners paid between $3.20 and $15.20. He began his run in the fourth race and proceeded to win the fifth, sixth, seventh, ninth, and 10th.

"The most races I'd won in a day was four," he said.

Tejera had a stakes triple earlier this meet, on the Texas Champions Day card in December. Retama's winter meet comprises the dates Sam Houston had to cancel because of damage the track sustained during Hurricane Ike.

Tejera said he plans to ride at Will Rogers Downs in Claremore, Okla., after Retama closes at the end of February. He also is a regular at Lone Star Park near Dallas.

Worththebother runs a big Beyer

No horse at Oaklawn over the first two weeks of the meet has put up a better Beyer Speed Figure than Worththebother, who earned a career-best 100 for his win in a $12,500 starter allowance sprint on Jan. 17. He won by 6 1/4 lengths and later in the meet could step up into the allowance ranks, trainer Chris Richard said.

"We'll look at the starter races for him right now," he said. "We'll just see if he can do that again. I want to see if he can come close to doing that kind of performance again, and then we'll look for bigger things."

Worththebother was a $10,000 claim by Maggi Moss in November.

Semaphore Man tops King Cotton

Semaphore Man is one of five older sprinters expected to start in Saturday's $50,000 King Cotton at six furlongs at Oaklawn, stakes coordinator Craig Lytel said. The other probables are Greeley's Conquest, Island Warrior, Native Ruler, and Silver Edition.

Semaphore Man, 7, is the defending champ in the King Cotton. He also won the Grade 3, $150,000 Count Fleet Sprint Handicap last year at Oaklawn.

* Oaklawn-based rider Calvin Borel is scheduled to ride Beethoven in the Grade 3, $150,000 Holy Bull at Gulfstream on Saturday.