05/05/2005 11:00PM

Higher ambitions on their agenda


BOSSIER CITY, La. - Sunday's optional claiming feature at Louisiana Downs brings together an eclectic group of fillies and mares, many with higher aspirations than the $26,500 purse at stake in the one-mile grass race.

comes in wielding the hottest hand of late, having won two of her last three. While both of those recent wins came in races originally scheduled for the turf and moved to dirt, she did run creditably in a third-place performance over the Lone Star turf in her most recent start. That effort came within a point of her previous career best Beyer Speed Figure, a 78 that she earned while still a maiden at Saratoga last summer.

sports one of the strongest resumes of the group despite having only two career wins. A stakes winner here at 3 and several times stakes-placed, Tincan Too will be making her first start since some disappointing efforts here last fall. While winless last year as a 4-year-old, she did finish third in the Honeymoon Stakes, and trainer Howard Scarberry will try to get that kind of run out of her before once again trying the stakes ranks. Don Simington has the call.

Although unplaced in the Red Camelia Stakes on dirt at Fair Grounds in her most recent outing, rates a strong chance if for no other reason than she has shown the ability to rally from well off the pace, and the early fractions are likely to be on the brisk side. She has hit the board in three of her four previous starts over the Louisiana Downs turf course.

, the winner of the Lady Luck Stakes here as a 2-year-old last season, will try to reverse the poor form she displayed earlier this year at Fair Grounds and Delta Downs. She has been training steadily at Evangeline Downs.