06/25/2002 11:00PM

Iowa's honored females vie in Hawkeyes


ALTOONA, Iowa - The 2001 3-year-old Iowa-bred filly of the year, Sharky's Review, squares off against defending Iowa-bred mare of the year Nut N Better again, in Friday's $75,000-added, 1 1/16-mile Hawkeyes Handicap at Prairie Meadows.

Sharky's Review rallied from well back to score a one-length victory over Sumthintotalkabout and Nut N Better in the six-furlong Mamie Eisenhower Stakes for statebreds on June 7 in her last start.

The victory was the first in five 2002 starts for Sharky's Review and her sixth from 12 lifetime starts. Mark Bader trains Sharky's Review for owner Paul Tonderum. Regular rider Luis Quinonez again has the call on Sharky's Review, who carries co-highweight of 121 pounds, along with both Nut N Better and Sumthintotalkabout.

Nut N Better rallied to win by a nose in open allowance company here at six furlongs on May 17, in her first start of the year for trainer Fred Falldorf. She returned in the Eisenhower and she rallied from well back to finish third, beaten 1 3/4 lengths.

Nut N Better, a 5-year-old daughter of Miracle Heights, has won 14 of 27 career starts, including the Central Iowa Stakes here against open company at Friday's distance last September. She has earned $571,230 for owner-breeders Shady Bend Thoroughbreds, making her the richest Iowa-bred female in history. Regular rider Kelly Murray has the call in the Hawkeyes, which is restricted to statebred fillies and mares.

The Hawkeyes is far from a two-horse race, however.

Sumthintotalkabout defeated Nut N Better twice in stakes races here last summer and split Sharky's Review and Nut N Better when finishing second, beaten one length, in the Eisenhower in her last start. Trainer Steve Hobby has named Perry Compton to replace regular rider Cindy Noll, who has elected to ride One Fine Shweetie in the race. One Fine Shweetie, 3, will likely receive plenty of mutuel support based on Noll's decision.

Trained by Don Von Hemel, One Fine Shweetie won the $60,000 Bob Bryant Stakes at six furlongs versus statebred 3-year-old fillies here on May 25, then returned to finish third after a troubled trip against open company in the one-mile Panthers Stakes, her first try around two turns on June 14. One Fine Shweetie will carry 114 pounds, a seven-pound weight break from each of her three main rivals in the Hawkeyes.

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