05/23/2007 11:00PM

Irish Party aims to continue her roll


Irish Party, fresh off an impressive win in the Goldfinch Stakes, heads a field of six 3-year-old Iowa-bred fillies in the $55,000 Bob Bryant at six furlongs Saturday night at Prairie Meadows. The 6-5 morning-line favorite, Irish Party is making just her second start in statebred company and has been out of the money only once in her seven starts.

Owned by Cyclone Stables and trained by Kelly Von Hemel, Irish Party won the Goldfinch on April 20 by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:10.04 for the six furlongs. Richard Monterrey gets the return call, and a May 9 bullet work of 59.23 seconds for five furlongs signals she should be ready to roll.

Des Moines is the 5-2 morning-line second choice and is making her first start in stakes company. She enters the Bob Bryant after an electrifying 10 3/4-length win in an Iowa-bred allowance on April 23, and is looking for her fifth straight victory. Ray Tracy Jr. trains Des Moines and Alex Birzer will ride.

Tejano's Oasis, making her third start in 2007, could be a juicy overlay as she comes into the race following a solid three-length score in an Iowa-bred allowance. Last year, Tejano's Oasis defeated both Irish Party and Des Moines in separate races. Leading trainer Dick Clark has Glenn Corbett aboard.

Friend O the Devil, Barbie's First, and Sweetpike round out the field.

* Prairie Meadows will race five consecutive days this weekend. A special 5 p.m. Central card Sunday adds to the normal Friday, Saturday, Monday, and Tuesday race week.