07/11/2011 1:14PM

Indiana Downs: Bouquet Booth gets class relief in Indiana Downs Distaff

Tom Keyser
Bouquet Booth drops from graded stakes company for Wednesday's $125,000 Indiana Downs Distaff Stakes.

Bouquet Booth will move from graded stakes company to take on 11 3-year-old fillies in the $125,000 Indiana Downs Distaff Stakes on Wednesday evening at Indiana Downs.

Trained by Steve Margolis, Bouquet Booth comes into the one-mile turf event off a third-place finish in the 1 1/8-mile, Grade 3 Regret at Churchill Downs on June 18. It was the first try on turf for Bouquet Booth, and Margolis was pleased with her effort.

“She faced some seasoned turf fillies in the Regret and fared very well, I thought,” he said. “There wasn’t a whole lot of speed in there, so she went and set the pace. She is just such a hard-trying, honest filly.”

There appears to be plenty of early speed in the Indiana Distaff, and Margolis sees that as a plus for his charge, who will be ridden by Shaun Bridgmohan again.

“She has speed if she has to, but prefers to rate, usually,” Margolis said. “I will feel more comfortable if she can lay off the early speed and just run her race. It looks like there are a few that will try to take the lead. We are fortunate to have Shaun on her again.”

Bouquet Booth has earned more than $465,000 and 5 of her 6 most recent races were in graded stakes. She finished fourth in the Grade 3 Rachel Alexandra at Fair Grounds and the Grade 1 Ashland at Keeneland. She then ran fifth, beaten 3 1/4 lengths, in the Kentucky Oaks before her third in the Grade 3 Regret.

Margolis is thrilled with her progress.

“She is coming into the race in good order,” he said. “She just does whatever you ask; we couldn’t be happier with her.”

After Wednesday, Bouquet Booth will be getting a rest, Margolis said.

“We are going to give her six weeks to be a horse,” he said. “She never has had a break, so we are going to take her to the farm and let her relax. She isn’t a big filly, and the rest will be good for her. Then we will plan out her fall campaign.”

Bouquet Booth will be coupled with her stablemate Switching Gears in the wagering.

Foyt: Heza Wild Guy seeks four-peat

The venerable Heza Wild Guy will be searching for his fourth consecutive A.J. Foyt victory when he faces 11 older Indiana-bred horses in the 1 1/16-mile turf event. The $84,000 event is the third race on a 12-race card. Trained by Bernell Rhone, the 10-year-old Heza Wild Guy has run in the Foyt five times, dating back to his first attempt in 2005. Heza a Wild Guy comes into the Foyt off a victory in the Brooks Fields at Canterbury on June 19, an event originally carded on the turf but moved to the main track. Tommy Pompell will ride once again.

Should Heza Wild Guy not run his usual best, Unreachable Star looks to be waiting in the wings. The 7-year-old gelding finished second last year in this event to Heza Wild Guy and most recently finished second in the Foyt prep June 29. Trained by Tim Glyshaw, Unreachable Star boasts a 3-4-0 record in 8 turf starts at Indiana Downs. Orlando Mojica will ride.