04/29/2003 11:00PM

Indiana Downs: Shelby County


Amanda's Crown tops a field of seven Indiana-bred fillies and mares entered in Friday night's $35,000 six-furlong Shelby County Stakes at Indiana Downs.

Amanda's Crown, a 4-year-old daughter of Crown Ambassador, has won stakes against statebred foes in each of the past two years, winning the Indiana Stallion Stakes at Hoosier Park as a 2-year-old and the Vincennes last year at the same track.

In her only start in 2003, Amanda's Crown stalked the early pace, took the lead a quarter of a mile out, and finished second, beaten a length, in open allowance company here on April 16.

Stephen Dunn trains Amanda's Crown for owner Swifty Farms. She has a career record of 4-6-1 from 16 starts good for $151,736 in earnings, which easily tops the remainder of the entrants on Friday. Daniel Coa has a return call in the Shelby County on Amanda's Crown, who carries high weight of 123 pounds.

Paige Moro is a possible upsetter on Friday. A 3-year-old filly, Paige Moro has won three of her seven career starts. Trained by David Norris, she is undefeated in three tries against statebreds and brings a two-race win streak into the race.

Sidney Lejeune, who has been aboard Paige Moro in all of her wins, rides at 116 pounds.