06/19/2002 11:00PM

Ioya Two eyes third straight Lincoln Heritage


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. - It's called the Lincoln Heritage now. Maybe, after she becomes a broodmare next year, they will rename it the Ioya Two.

Ioya Two, a 7-year-old, goes her for third straight Lincoln Heritage win Saturday during the Prairie State Festival for Illinois-breds. Though she is nearing the end of a long career, Ioya Two shows no real signs of decline and is a deserving favorite in the Lincoln Heritage, which is run at 1 1/16 miles on turf.

David and Patricia Block bred and own Ioya Two, who is trained by their son, Chris. She was the first foal produced by the mare Ioya, who also has sired the stakes-winning turf horse Mystery Giver, who runs today in the Cardinal Handicap.

Ioya, who Block also campaigned, died two seasons ago while foaling an El Prado colt, who also died during the disastrous birth.

"I was devastated," Block said. "She was one of my favorites."

Ioya Two will try to replace her as a broodmare, but that comes later. Saturday, she faces 11 rivals, and though Ioya Two has yet to win in three starts this year, that doesn't mean she's off form. She was third in the Hillsborough Handicap at Tampa Bay to start her season; third in the Stravinsky Stakes at Keeneland, which at 5 1/2 furlongs was too short for her; and second in the Nicole Stakes last month at Hawthorne, beaten a half-length by the sharp Golden Antigua.

Block suspects he ran Ioya Two back too quickly in the Nicole, but she's had a nice break between starts this time, and on paper only Soccory might stand between her and another win. Coming back into her best form in 18 months, Soccory lost by only a neck to the talented turf filly Twilite Tryst last month at Hawthorne.

Purple Violet field is big and deep

Sometimes, the Purple Violet is a weak link in the Prairie State races. Not this year. It has a strong field of 11 3-year-old fillies that includes three horses that might be standouts in another year, Summer Mis, Tejano Honey, and Miss Spragg.

The last time she faced Illinois-breds at Arlington, Summer Mis won a maiden race by 14 lengths. That was last summer, and her campaign went somewhat sour after that. In the Illinois Breeders' Debutante last December at Hawthorne, Summer Mis was defeated by 2 1/2 lengths by White O' Morn, a solid horse, but one lacking the raw talent Summer Mis has.

After a winter break, Summer Mis returned on turf in an open Hawthorne allowance race last month, and she ran well, finishing third in a race she needed for condition. Saturday, she races for the first time in blinkers.

"She worked in them the other day, and [jockey] Randy [Meier] said, whatever you do, don't take the blinkers off," said Anthony Mitchell, who trains Summer Mis for owner Richard Otto. "Surprisingly, she settles more with them."

Miss Spragg comes off an excusable defeat on the Hawthorne turf course, while Tejano Honey, a winner of four of seven starts, will try to transfer her sprint form to a mile.

Age is notable factor in White Oak

Magic Doe is a 7-year-old. That's pretty old for a horse that still can run in stakes. Jim Eckrosh is 92. That's pretty old for a guy still training horses.

Magic Doe, Eckrosh, and owner William Cortesi team up to try and win the $75,000 White Oak, a sprint for older horses. After 54 starts without it, Magic Doe started racing on Lasix last fall, and he since has won five of eight starts. Magic Doe didn't seem to handle turf in the Glassy Dip on June 1 at Hawthorne, but loves six-furlong dirt races like the White Oak.

Having drawn post 1, Magic Doe will have to battle Tic N Tin for the early lead, and a speed duel would set the table for Freeway Ticket or Classic Appeal.

* Colorful Tour is the horse to beat in the one-mile Springfield for 3-year-old colts and geldings. Colorful Tour was fourth racing on soft turf last month in the Grade 3 Hawthorne Derby, but has won $100,000 stakes in his two starts with statebreds. Owned by Irish Acres Farm and trained for the first time by Alfonso Razo, Colorful Tour has Medlin Road, a stretchout sprinter, and Mucho Rapido to beat in the Springfield.

* The Isaac Murphy, for older fillies at six furlongs, lost its favorite when Island Riffle Cat was declared from the race because of a sinus infection. In her absence - anything can happen.

Rain Boots was an upset winner of this race last year, while Win Won, who has never missed the board in seven starts, appears to be a live horse in her stakes debut.