10/10/2002 12:00AM

Hoosier Park track report


ANDERSON, Ind. - Senorita Ziggy is not your ordinary Indiana-bred. While her nine rivals in the $40,000-added Merrillville Stakes have made the bulk of their starts and enjoyed their greatest success at Hoosier Park, Senorita Ziggy will be making just her second career start here and first against statebreds. The Merrillville is for fillies and mares at six furlongs.

A 4-year-old daughter of Senor Speedy, Senorita Ziggy collected four straight wins at Turfway Park last winter and spring. She won her maiden on Jan. 23 and quickly stepped through the allowance ranks, then topped off the streak with a win in the $53,500 Queen Stakes.

Trainer Martin Rouck then shipped her to Keeneland in the spring, where she rallied to the lead in deep stretch only to be overtaken late by Dianehill in the $75,000 Stravinsky Stakes. Her only off-the-board effort this year has been a fourth against money allowance company at Churchill Downs. Regular rider Brian Peck will be aboard.

Senorita Ziggy has generally been a front-runner but has shown the ability to lay just off the pace, a tactic that could serve her well in this speed-laden field.

Maggie's Dream appears the quickest of the quick with recent front-running wins over open allowance company and in the Madison County Stakes. She has Alex Birzer named to ride. A 4-year-old trained by Stanley Roberts, Maggie's Dream owns a 5-3-0 mark from 13 career starts, all at Hoosier Park.

Heresyourchickey, Friendly Spirit, and My Precious all posted front-running stakes wins here last year, while Diamond Plate, an allowance winner this season, also does her best work on the lead.