09/07/2005 11:00PM

High Pioneer has edge in field of 5


BOSSIER CITY, La. - The first six-figure stakes of the Louisiana Downs meet will be held Saturday, with a field of five fillies and mares lining up in the $100,000 River Cities Breeders' Cup at 1 1/16 miles on the turf.

High Pioneer, winner of the Fresa Stakes on the Lone Star turf this summer, could be a slight choice in the well-matched field.

Trained by Joe Offolter, High Pioneer most recently ran fourth in the Margarita Breeders' Cup at Retama on Aug. 6. The runner-up in that race, Rose Hunter, won the Lyrique Handicap at Louisiana Downs last Saturday. And the Margarita winner, Paz Ciudadana, won again in her very next start.

Overall, High Pioneer has won 4 of 14 career starts, 3 of the victories coming on the turf. She is probably sitting on a peak effort in her third start back after taking off the first half of the summer. Quincy Hamilton, aboard for High Pioneer's win in the Fresa Stakes, will ride her again.

Slewpy's Storm's two-race win streak ended in her last start, the Grade 3 Gardenia Handicap at Ellis Park. Before that, Slewpy's Storm had won two main-track races, including the Delicada Stakes here. She has limited experience on the turf but will find the company friendlier than what she faced at Ellis. Carlos Gonzalez rides.

Chitchat Chitchat finished second in the Sangue Handicap here Aug. 14 and third to High Pioneer in the Fresa. She was also stakes placed in the Honeymoon Stakes and Old South Handicap on the local turf earlier this meet. Trainer Pat Mouton will give E.J. Perrodin a leg up.

Due to Win Again, the winner of this race a year ago, was third in the Sangue last month. Prior to that, the 7-year-old mare beat optional-claiming company here July 3. She will have supporters, given the success she has had here. Guy Smith rides.

Completing the field is Go Girlfriend Go, with the beneficial rail post position and a recent sprint history. Trainer Clifford Bailey has given the call to Luis Quinonez.

* Saturday is the final day to nominate to the Grade 2, $750,000 Super Derby on Oct. 1. The nomination fee is $1,000. Supplemental nominations will cost $25,000 when entries are taken for the meeting's showcase race on Sept. 28.