09/23/2010 1:41PM

Hooh Why chases second straight stakes in H.B.P.A.


Multiple graded stakes winner Hooh Why tops a field of 11 older fillies and mares in Saturday’s H.B.P.A., one of three $100,000 stakes at Presque Isle Downs.

Run at a mile and 70 yards, the H.B.P.A. is the featured ninth race on the card, the last of the track’s 100-day meet.

Hooh Why comes into the H.B.P.A. off a 1 3/4-length win in the Grade 3 Seaway at seven furlongs at Woodbine on Sept. 4 and will have a bit of a home-field advantage Saturday, according to her trainer, Maria Bowersock.

“She has been here all summer,” Bowersock said. “We shipped her to Woodbine for her two races up there; otherwise, she has been here, and she absolutely loves this surface.”

All six of Hooh Why’s victories have come on a synthetic surface, including last year’s Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland, but she has won only once in five local attempts, in an open allowance at a mile July 6. She also finished second to last year’s champion female sprinter, Informed Decision, in the one-mile Windward at Presque Isle on July 27.

Before the Seaway, Hooh Why finished fourth, beaten 2 1/2 lengths, in the $101,000 Belle Mahne at Woodbine on Aug. 22.

Bowersock said she feels Hooh Why has matured as a racehorse and can either lay right off the lead or take it. But after looking at the field for Saturday, Bowersock said she is not ready to announce a strategy for Hooh Why.

“We’ll watch the earlier races and see if speed is holding and take it from there,” she said. “The great thing about her is she has a lot of heart, and you know she will give it her all.”

Bowersock said she expects to run Hooh Why once more this year, either at Woodbine or Keeneland, before giving her the winter off. Ronnie Allen Jr. has the mount Saturday.

The Presque Isle Debutante will be the seventh race and has a full field of 12 2-year-old fillies. All eyes will be on It’s Me Mom, who will try to carry her lightning-quick speed six furlongs. Trained by Lynn Scace, It’s Me Mom has won her last two races by a total of nearly 10 lengths, but she has yet to go farther than five furlongs.

Scace said she doesn’t think it will be a problem.

“We have put a lot of miles under her, and I am sure the added distance won’t be a factor,” she said. “She is a big filly, and she‘ll handle it just fine.”

It’s Me Mom breezed four furlongs in 48.20 seconds Wednesday under Willie Martinez.

“Willie came back and said he couldn’t believe how strong she had gotten,” Scace said.

Scace also pointed out It’s Me Mom’s Beyers have improved in each of her starts, including a career-best 83 last time out.

“I am confident they will keep going up,” she said.

In the 6 1/2-furlong Fitz Dixon Jr Memorial, King Samurai will try to make it three local wins in a row. Trained by Gerald Bennett, King Samurai won his maiden Aug. 7 and then won an allowance Aug. 28, both in front-running style. Ronnie Allen Jr retains the mount. A full field of 2-year-old colts and geldings, including an entry, is expected.