05/26/2006 11:00PM

Indiana: Acting Blonde tries turf


Acting Blonde goes for her third straight win when she squares off against stakes winner Whatsitgonnatake in the $40,000 Indiana First Lady Stakes over the turf at Indiana Downs.

None of the nine Indiana-bred 3-year-old fillies entered in the 7 1/2-furlong First Lady has ever won on grass and only Acting Blonde has ever won around two turns, having done so three times.

Acting Blonde scored an easy four-length victory at Indiana Downs in a one-mile nonwinners-of-three allowance last out when facing statebreds for the first time. Mike Lauer trains Acting Blonde, who has won 3 of her 6 career starts. A daughter of Jade Hunter, Acting Blonde could prove tough to beat if she takes to the turf.

Whatsitgonnatake scored an impressive 3 3/4-length come-from-behind win in the Prairie Gold Lassie last July 5 at Prairie Meadows. Whatsitgonnatake, trained by Rebecca Maker, was unraced following that score for nearly nine months. She made her return against allowance company at Keeneland on April 28 and tired to finish fifth after showing early speed. Inosencio Diego picks up the mount on Whatsitgonnatake, who removes blinkers while facing statebreds for the first time.