07/09/2012 4:10PM

Indiana Downs: Golden Bear's hot pace should set up It Happened Again

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The 6-year-old It Happened Again will make his first start for trainer Tom Amoss in Golden Bear.

It Happened Again heads a field of seven in the $100,000 Golden Bear, an open stakes for 3-year-olds and up going 1 1/16 miles, on Wednesday's closing night 13-race card at Indiana Downs.

The 6-year-old It Happened Again will be running for the first time for trainer Tom Amoss after coming from the barn of Chris Richard. Owned by Maggi Moss, It Happened Again finished third in the Rasmussen Memorial at Prairie Meadows two starts ago going the same distance as the Golden Bear.

In his last out June 16, It Happened Again was a late-charging fifth, beaten only 2 1/4 lengths, in an optional claiming event at Churchill Downs going a mile. With much early speed in the short field, jockey Leandro Goncalves should be able to use the late-running style of It Happened Again to his tactical advantage. Amoss wins with 28 percent of starters transferred to him, and the Amoss-Goncalves duo has won at a 43 percent clip this year locally, adding to the appeal of It Happened Again.

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◗ Ain’t She a Saint will try for her second consecutive statebred stakes victory in a full field of 12 3-year-old Indiana-bred fillies in the $200,000 Indiana First Lady.

Ain’t She a Saint won her last out June 20 locally in the Ellen’s Lucky Star going a mile on the turf. Trained by Jeff Greenhill, Ain’t She a Saint overcame trouble early and drew off to win by 1 1/2 lengths in that event. Her come-from-behind style should be efective in the mile 70-yard Indiana First Lady, a race laden with early speed. Corie Lanerie retains the mount.

◗ Senor Rain will try to make amends for his last out loss locally as the 1-2 favorite in the Snack when he faces 3-year-old Indiana-bred colts and geldings in the $200,000 Governor’s.

Senor Rain had trouble at the start of the Snack, a one-mile turf event, and ended up finishing fourth, beaten nearly 10 lengths. Now trained by Amoss, Senor Rain was campaigned mostly in California until recently. He will be ridden by Goncalves.

Prince of Time did not fare well in his last out June 20 in the Snack, but may have not liked the turf. He won a second-level statebred allowance event locally May 29 by more than 10 lengths going the same mile and 70-yard distance as the Governor’s. Regular rider Fernando De La Cruz retains the mount.

◗ Hoosier Kingdom won the A.J.Foyt last year and will try to duplicate that effort in this year’s running of the $84,000 Foyt, which drew a 12 older Indiana-breds going 1 1/16 miles on turf. He has had two starts this season locally without much success, but a return to 1 1/16 miles on grass looks to be what he needs to wake him up.

Hoosier Kingdom has won 3 of 7 on the turf locally. Marlon St. Julien retains the mount.

◗ Eskimo’s Best is another horse who loves the Indiana Downs turf course, and she will defend her title in the $84,000 Florence Henderson for Indiana-bred fillies and mares.

Trained by Richard Konhorst, Eskimo’s Best won the 2011 running of the Henderson by a neck. Although winless in three starts this season, Eskimo’s Best looks to have been pointed to this spot. Goncalves retains the mount.